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Doctors Without Borders Pull Back in Kashmir

Doctors Without Borders Pull Back in Kashmir | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Médecins Sans Frontières shut down its operations in the Kupwara district of Kashmir last month and will significantly reduce its activities in the valley as a whole, cutting a staff of 100 by more than half.

 

“The reason that we left Kupwara district really is because of the necessary downscale in our operation,” said J.J. Fisher, the project coordinator for MSF Holland in Kashmir, who said that the group was trying to conserve resources for medical treatment in case of an emergency. “We do see there are still needs in the area to be met. It’s not that we’re saying that everything’s perfect in Kupwara district. But sometimes we have to make difficult decisions.”

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IHEID: Strengthening the global R&D System

Innovation for health needs in developing countries.
Organised by The Graduate Institute, Geneva in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute, USA and the University of Oslo, Norway

 

Date: Friday, 4 May 2012, 10:00-13:15
Venue: Auditorium Jacques Freymond, The Graduate Institute, rue de Lausanne 132, 1202 Geneva

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Shifting Paradimg: How the BriCS Are Reshaping Global Health and Development

This report presents findings from a qualitative and quantitative survey of present and future efforts by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to improve global health. It examines these roles within the broader context of international development and foreign assistance, though health remains the primary focus.

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A short history of leishmania vaccines

A short history of leishmania vaccines | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Visceral leishmaniasis represents one form of a disease seen across much of the old and new world — across 88 countries — and is one of the most deadly parasitic infections. In India, they refer to it after the Hindi word that means black fever — kala-azar, the black fever that haunts those infected and whose skin becomes dark and gray. Wherever it infects, kala-azar is the most deadly form of leishmaniasis.

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Funding cuts put 3.4 million TB patients at risk: NGOs

Funding cuts put 3.4 million TB patients at risk: NGOs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A $1.7 billion funding shortfall to fight tuberculosis (TB) over the next five years means 3.4 million patients will go untreated and gains made against the disease will be reversed, three non-governmental (NGO) agencies said on Friday.
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India Affirms Role as Developing World’s Pharmacy

India Affirms Role as Developing World’s Pharmacy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

By allowing a generic manufacturer to produce a patented cancer drug at a fraction of its current cost, India has declared that it is not about to abandon its role as the ‘pharmacy of the world’s poor'.

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Taking life-saving innovations from lab to village

Improving health for the poor depends on nurturing local innovations — and learning how to deliver them, argue Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer.
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CIA tactics to trap Bin Laden linked with polio crisis, say aid groups

CIA tactics to trap Bin Laden linked with polio crisis, say aid groups | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

CIA's ploy to use a fake vaccination scheme to track down bin Laden has increased distrust of polio drops in Pakistan.

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Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition

Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business holds its Global Social Enterprise Competition aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs to find business solutions for the problems of poor countries.

 

This year’s winner of the $12,500 grand prize, awarded by the Seattle International Foundation and Microsoft, was Ruby Cup — an ambitious proposal made by three women from Copenhagen who made a compelling case for addressing the difficulties faced by women in poor communities due to the lack of access to absorbent pads during menstruation.

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The global population is growing … fatter

The global population is growing … fatter | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Sanjay Basu in Global Health Hub reports on a number of studies documenting the rise in obesity worldwide. Basu notes that obesity has now overtaken tobacco as the largest preventable cause of disease in several regions. Middle-aged women are especially susceptible, as this graph shows.

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Rwanda: To Improve Quality of Health Services, We Must Build Trust

To encourage patients to trust the health sector in Rwanda, we must not only provide high quality services that are based on the latest science but also use effective communication strategies to convince patients of this.

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Water Safety Conference - WHO & IWA

The theme of the conference is water quality and public health. The programme committee are seeking contributions that highlight practices and policies with demonstrable impact on service delivery levels, drinking water quality and public health. Themes and topics of interest include:

 

- Water Safety Plan implementation
- Household Treatment and Safe Storage
- Risk Assessment / Risk Management
- Source protection
- Health Impact Assessments for Water Quality Interventions
- Innovative Policies and Regulations for Drinking Water Quality
- Operation and Maintenance of Water Supply Systems
- Risk-based Investment Planning for Water Supply Systems
- Community Managed Water Supplies
- Emerging Water Quality Risks

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Scaling up rural sanitation in Vietnam: political economy constraints and opportunities

This Working Paper presents findings from an analysis of the governance and political economy of water and sanitation service delivery in Vietnam.

 

The objective of the research is to develop the utility of political economy analysis (PEA) for the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector, with a focus on improving the operational impact of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) (and other donor) country programming.

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Sanitation and Hygiene: Undernutrition’s Blind Spot

Sanitation and Hygiene: Undernutrition’s Blind Spot | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The undernutrition of babies, infants and children is horrible and a disgraceful blot on our human record. It is not just the immediate suffering, anguish and death. It is also the lasting impact: when growth is stunted at age 2 the damage is largely irreversible....

 

Faecally-related infections (FRIs) are much more than the diarrhoeas and EE....

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The state of emergency and surgical capacity in African hospitals

A recently published paper in Health Policy and Planning by Renee Hsia, Naboth Mbembati, Sarah Macfarlane and Margaret Kruk paints a pretty grim picture of the status of emergency and surgical facilities in Sub-Saharan African hospitals.

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Responding to Reproductive Health Needs In Humanitarian Crises

Responding to Reproductive Health Needs In Humanitarian Crises | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health is an international standard designed to address the priority reproductive health needs of populations during the onset of emergency situations.

 

A distance-learning module is provided to instruct emergency response teams in implementing a minimum set of reproductive health services, such as the distribution of clean birth kits and condoms, prevention of sexual violence and provision of care and support for survivors.

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Arrêtez de tirer sur l'ambulance!

Arrêtez de tirer sur l'ambulance! | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

"Arrêtez de tirer sur l'ambulance!"
Centre médical universitaire – Auditoire A250 - Genève

Le jeudi 29 mars à 12h30

 

Les violences à l’encontre du personnel médical dans les zones de conflit constituent l’un des problèmes humanitaires actuels les plus préoccupants, selon le CICR qui a lancé une campagne pour tenter d'enrayer ce phénomène inacceptable.

 

La Faculté de médecine, les HUG et la Haute école de santé Genève s'associent à cette démarche et organisent, le jeudi 29 mars au CMU, une conférence-débat dans le but d'informer les professionnels, les étudiants et le public sur les enjeux de cette campagne.

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Why are children missing from WHO targets on non-infectious diseases?

Why are children missing from WHO targets on non-infectious diseases? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Children die from cancer, heart disease and other non-infectious diseases but they are in danger of being forgotten as global targets for action are drawn up, say health groups...
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Air pollution could become China's biggest health threat, expert warns

Air pollution could become China's biggest health threat, expert warns | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Leading respiratory disease specialist warns of consequences if government fails to monitor and publicise the dangers of smog...
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Smartphones Beat Paper On Disease Monitoring, Cost: CDC Study - International Business Times

Smartphones Beat Paper On Disease Monitoring, Cost: CDC Study - International Business Times | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Using smartphones is cheaper and more effective than using paper surveys to monitor diseases in the developing world, according to a new study by Kenyan researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Reducing HIV Infections by Targeting Concurrent Sexual Partnerships in Kenya

Reducing HIV Infections by Targeting Concurrent Sexual Partnerships in Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In Kenya, PSI partners with the government of Kenya to stem the spread of HIV. One of campaign by PSI/Kenya is aimed at creating awareness surrounding concurrent sexual partners. Through advertisements on the radio, television and in newspapers, men and women are learning about the dangers of having multiple concurrent partners.

 

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Tanzania: fake drugs, wrong drugs, more drugs

Selling malaria medicines in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa is a big business. The market is not one that is easily dominated by a few brands, although the Affordable Medicines Facility malaria (AMFm) would hope otherwise. It appears that volume of relatively low or lower cost malaria drugs is the path to profit, not sales of a pricey mega-drug....

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WHO Estimates 40% of global population at risk for Dengue »

WHO Estimates 40% of global population at risk for Dengue » | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The WHO updated its factsheet on dengue. Not exactly big news, you’d think, but RTTNews points out this amazing fact: WHO now estimates that 2.5 billion people are at risk for dengue. That’s 40% of the global population. Try that on for size.

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Gates Foundation Invests in Cutting-Edge Research to Diagnose Tuberculosis in Developing Countries

Gates Foundation Invests in Cutting-Edge Research to Diagnose Tuberculosis in Developing Countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced $7.7 million in funding for 10 new grants to identify biomarkers for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) in low-resource settings.

 

This new grant program, Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis, supports innovative research into TB biomarkers to facilitate the development of a low-cost, simple-to-use tool that can quickly and accurately diagnose TB in developing countries.

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Uganda: Nodding disease baffles experts

Uganda: Nodding disease baffles experts | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Here in a hot, dusty part of northern Uganda, children are falling victim to a mysterious disease that has confounded health officials.

It’s known loosely as “nodding disease” and almost every family in the village we’ve come to see in Pader District has at least one child suffering from it...

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