Tag: Policy

The Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care

| June 20, 2013 | 2 Comments
The Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care

Mental health is one of the biggest problems facing modern medicine today, yet it is often overlooked in terms of primary care. Not only do mental disorders have a heavy economic and social burden on society, but also few of those who need assistance with mental disorders actually receive the treatment they require. In order to close this gap in mental health treatment and increase access to mental healthcare, mental health services should be integrated into primary healthcare through health policy legislation and education of primary care workers.

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Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Integration: An Effective and Efficient Global Health Approach

Imagine addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea in a single intervention.  Policymakers would be pleased at having integrated services in health plans and, more importantly, patients would receive well-rounded health care provisions.  In fact, a recent study in Kenya has done just this, proving to the global health community that this is a better approach to health interventions within a country.

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Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Sasha and Malia Versus the FDA

Access to reproductive healthcare is an inflammatory subject matter, often discussed in ideological rather than medical terms. Its attachment to sexuality and social norms distracts the public, legislators, and the judiciary from the de facto result of confounding morality with medicine. In other words, notions of virtue are relevant to families, not the state, and replacing evidence-based policy with dogma leaves women without care, regardless of the circumstances that placed them in need.

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Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments
Availability of Essential Medications for Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries

Non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCDs) are on the rise throughout the world, but they pose an especially great challenge in low and middle income countries (LMIC). With limited resources for healthcare and prevention, these regions, still affected by a high burden of infectious diseases, are now facing a double epidemic. Many of the chronic diseases such as diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, require medications to prevent, treat, and alleviate their painful and persistent symptoms…

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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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Prescription for Failure: The Need for Addressing Corruption in India

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
Prescription for Failure: The Need for Addressing Corruption in India

By Vishal Arora Health Policy Columnist This past September, the New York Times ran a story about three Indian health officials being shot to death within a span of one year.  All three of them were involved in transactions dealing with the healthcare budget of Uttar Pradesh, a state within India.[1] Speculations about the killings center […]

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