Tag: Development

Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

| April 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Change Domestic Taxation Policies to Increase Available Resources for Health

The WHO document suggests that the implementation of Value Added Taxes (VAT) with a share of the revenue earmarked for the health sector, and health-specific taxes on large corporations could have medium to high fundraising potential and are likely pro-poor. Oxfam has suggested that if government leaders were to close tax loopholes that enable legal tax-dodging, some $189 billion could be raised in taxes internationally each year

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The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

| April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
The Obesity Epidemic on Campus

With an unlimited meal plan and buffet-style meals, do we Harvard students know how big our portions should be? Portions have more than doubled in the past twenty years, and the actual recommended portion sizes may be surprising. Both the type and size of food we consume are positively associated with weight gain, as seen at campus and country level.

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Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Improve Child Health

| April 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
Conditional Cash Transfer Programs to Improve Child Health

Conditional cash transfer programs have been instituted around the globe to address the intergenerational effects of poverty on child health. They now exist in over thirty countries, frequently targeting nutrition and education as the primary factors impacting child health.

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Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
Innovations in Healthcare at Home and Abroad

The past two decades were witness to the development of countless new companies as an entrepreneurial spirit swept across the United States. And luckily, the venture capitalists and innovators responsible for this spirit show no sign of slowing. New technologies are being constantly developed, and a new “next big thing” hits the market every day. Entrepreneur Magazine reports predictions of increased investments in business and healthcare IT for 2013, expecting more capital to flow into start-ups in these industries in the months ahead. A second—perhaps not unrelated—defining element of the past two decades is healthcare.

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A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Mosaic of Challenges and Hopes: Humans at the 7 Billion Mark

  By Carlos Schmidt Aid & Development Columnist According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on the State of the World Population 2011, human population surpassed the seven billion mark this past October.[1] Although some consider it a crowning achievement of human reproductive success, more people equate it to more challenges in food […]

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Lessons from Sweden: Establishing a Strong Framework for Health Development

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lessons from Sweden: Establishing a Strong Framework for Health Development

By Carlos Schmidt Aid & Development Columnist Over the last two decades, China has increased its foreign aid contributions and quickly become the biggest donor to Africa. However, Chinese foreign aid comes with no strings attached and, as the British government warned, “the unconditional aid and cheap loans to African governments risks driving back into […]

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