In many parts of the developed world there are relief teams, ambulances, and specially trained workers and emergency rooms in hospitals that can absorb the wave of victims when a crisis hits. Supporting these services is an infrastructure consisting of healthcare facilities, support and counseling services, and organizations that are ready to generate funding to…

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Our skin both protects us from the world and lets us experience it. It fits us perfectly, stretches as we grow, warns us of danger, allows us to feel wind and sun. But it is also delicate. In low-resource areas, where women and children are more likely to spend time around open fires and cooking stoves, serious burn victims experience a trauma that leaves them vulnerable in a way most of us can’t imagine.

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This week marks approximately one month after devastating floods raged through Pakistan, killing more than 1,600 people. Nearly 18 million people have been affected by the floods; over 6 million need access to humanitarian assistance, including food, water, housing and health care. Approximately one-fifth of the country is still underwater and flood waters have decimated…

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This is a guest blog from Andrew E. Barrer, executive director of the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the 2010 World Health Assembly. This afternoon at the World Health Assembly, the Global Health Council held an event that included the announcement of the 2010 Gates…

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