Topic: Africa

Off the cuff: The turning point in the AIDS epidemic

[ Spring 2013 ] Ten years ago, President George W. Bush launched a $15 billion international program to fight AIDS—the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease. The School’s Phyllis Kanki spearheaded HSPH’s application to the President’s Emergency Plan for…

HPV screening: Saving lives in resource-poor nations

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Each year, approximately half a million women develop cervical cancer, a malignancy linked to high-risk strains of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). In wealthy nations, cervical cancer deaths have plummeted over the six decades that the Pap…

In Africa's AIDS belt, most men are still uncircumcised

Back in 1996, when this map first appeared inScientific American magazine, researchers argued that lack of male circumcision was the single best explanation for the extraordinarily high HIV infection rates seen in certain urban centers and Africa’s “AIDS belt” (highlighted in red).…

CIFF grant supports new health leadership development program

[ Fall 2011 ] Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) will launch a unique ministerial health leadership development program next year in collaboration with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Designed for ministerial-level leaders mainly from low- and…

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,…