Lessons From the Philippines in Citizen Control of Health Care

This blog was written by Erin Schiavone of Abt Associates, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, where she supports Health Systems 20/20, USAID’s global health project working to strengthen health systems in developing countries. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Can citizens improve the quality of health care in their community? What mechanisms are necessary to make that change sustainable? Derick…

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The Secret of HIV Immunity Among Kenyan Sex Workers

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In the last two decades, there have been numerous reports of a group of commercial sex workers in Nairobi’s Majengo red-light district who remain HIV-negative. These women are thought…

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Global "Indian" Strategy for Women’s, Children's Health

The writer is Smita Baruah, the director of Government Relations of the Global Health Council. NEW DELHI, India — The Global Health Council wasted no time in fostering discussions on how to nationalize the U.N. Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health to the Indian context. On Tuesday, about 50 individuals representing the “social sector”…

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Whoonga: The Cruelest Drug of South African Slums

This guest blog was written by Jeanette Strydom, the relationship officer at Africa Health Placements, a member organization of GHC based in Johannesburg, South Africa. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — “Whoonga” is a new, deadly drug which is slowly becoming common in South African slums. It was first reported in Durban – but has since spread to…

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Gaining Attention

Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new report, Working to overcome the global impact of neglected tropical diseases. It is the WHO’s first comprehensive report on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), a group of debilitating infections that affect the poorest of the poor. Historically, NTDs have not received as much attention as other infectious…

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Another Kind of “Building Block”: The Role of Architects in Global Health

DENVER, Colorado – In sessions filled with clinicians, health educators, program implementers, and policy makers, the last person I expected to meet at the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association was an architect. Yet, Christine Kiefer is just that – an architect from the University of Washington who is building a new US$5…

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Integrating Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Services in South Africa

DENVER, Colorado – At the 138th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association here last week, one of the sessions focused on best practices for integrating care to improve health in low-income countries, which was very timely given the global health community’s renewed interest in integrated programming. During this session, Debra Jackson presented her…

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Advocacy, Action and Accountability: Implementing the Global Strategy

NEW DELHI, India — The theme of the 2010 Partners’ Forum on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health held here last week was the three As — Advocacy (advocating for more resources and policy changes), Action (implementing the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health) and Accountability (ensuring that pledges and commitments have been met). The Partners’ Forum was the first gathering…

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Rhone Rangers Take Aim at World’s Leading Child Killer

Ruth Landy is a communication consultant and wine fan now based in San Francisco, following varied assignments on five continents. SAN FRANCISCO, California — How often can you buy a glass of wine and save a life? At a hip San Francisco event space Tuesday evening, a wine-loving crowd did just that. You too can…

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