Tag: Developing Countries

Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments
Explaining the Health Effects of Women’s Schooling in the Developing World

Global health research has long faced a paradox: That the school attainment of mothers is associated – strongly, independently and in most less-developed countries – with reduced child mortality and other beneficial health outcomes, but no consensus has emerged about why or how this happens. A new book from our Project on Maternal Schooling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Literacy and Mothering, tackles this problem directly, not only with a detailed theoretical explanation but also with evidence from literacy assessments of mothers in four countries: Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela and Zambia.

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Take Your Vitamins: Hypovitaminosis D in the Developing World

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Take Your Vitamins: Hypovitaminosis D in the Developing World

Described by the New York Times as “the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade,” Vitamin D has recently been shown to play crucial roles in brain, heart, immune system and bone health. As a more complete picture of vitamin D’s importance has begun to emerge, so too have the tragic consequences of vitamin D deficiency in the developing world.

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mHealth: a Revolution or a Fad?

| April 13, 2012 | 1 Comment
mHealth: a Revolution or a Fad?

In today’s world, it wouldn’t be exaggerating to say that people communicate more through mobile communications than through any other mode of communication. The prevalence of mobile phones use is, quite literally, taking over the world. Around 4 billion people currently own mobile phones; that’s over half the world population. More surprisingly, almost two-thirds of mobile phone users are from developing countries. The fastest growth of mobile phone use is seen in the developing countries, and the lack of technology is hindering health care quality growth in those same countries.

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