Topic: Africa

Life after death: Helping former child soldiers become whole again

[ Fall 2011 ] Today, among the 87 war-torn countries in which data have been gathered, 300,000–500,000 children are involved with fighting forces as child soldiers. Some, as young as seven, commit unspeakable atrocities: killing parents and siblings, assaulting neighbors, torching the…

Cancer a daunting challenge for poor countries

More than half of new cancer cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, as do nearly two-thirds of cancer deaths. Experts at a global oncology symposium held February 8, 2014 at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discussed the substantial barriers to care faced by…

Winter 2014 Frontlines

[ Winter 2014 ] Quick updates about the latest public health news from across the School and beyond. The end of trans fats? A proposal issued in November 2013 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), if finalized, would eliminate trans fat from…

Improve education to boost global economy

Despite progress made in educational systems in recent decades, over 100 million children are not enrolled in primary or lower-secondary school, and many of those who do attend lack basic reading and writing skills, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Meanwhile,…

Popular South African street drug may contain HIV medication

Antiretroviral resistance could increase if untreated HIV-infected individuals exposed to antiretroviral medication August 28, 2013 — A new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) calls attention to a new street drug being used in South Africa. Known as…

Multivitamin-selenium combo may delay ill health, mortality from AIDS

December 4, 2013 -- A new study co-authored by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that a special multivitamin preparation that includes selenium can significantly slow the progression to ill health or death in people with HIV infection. The…

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Harvard AIDS Initiative: The Movie

November 2013 -- What starts as a story of death and ignorance becomes a chronicle of discovery and success. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Harvard AIDS Initiative created a short video outlining major accomplishments and the work that remains to be…