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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Key Themes from the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health The Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health reaffirms that “health inequities within and between countries are politically, socially and economically unacceptable, as well as unfair and largely avoidable, and that the promotion of health equity is essential to sustainable development and to a…

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Some notes and lessons from the first day of the WHO World Conference on Social Determinants of Health Rio de Janeiro – Representatives from about 120 countries, including 60 ministers, gathered for what is estimated to be the largest health conference since Alma Ata. This three day event, convened by the World Health Organization and…

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Johnson & Johnson’s Joy Marini on a program that bundles microloans with health services “I’ve survived cervical cancer. I am here today because of the impact Pro Mujer has had in my life.” Reading that quote, you might not realize Pro Mujer is actually a women’s development organization that uses microfinance as one of many…

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This is a guest blog by Meredith Mazzotta of Science Speaks, the blog of the Center for Global Health Policy. ROME  — There was some consensus among the Tuesday opening plenary speakers at the 2011 International AIDS Society Conference – there are many challenges to effective HIV prevention and antiretroviral therapy (ART) deployment. Dr. Peter Piot,…

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MLI Unveils its Call To Action for Country-Led Development at Annual GHC Conference Five countries – four in Africa and one in Asia – issued a “Call to Action” on Tuesday that pushed for greater country ownership of health programs and more flexibility from donors to match programs with national priorities, saying that this dramatic…

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The first in a series of blogs on MDR-TB in Moldova by photojournalist David Rochkind Tuberculosis is a disease both preventable and curable. Nevertheless, it is estimated that more than 4,500 people across the globe die from the disease every day, with the numbers disproportionately high in the developing world. Multidrug-resistant (MDR-TB) strains of the…

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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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