Topic: Africa

Women's health: Rape of the Congo

In her role as gender-based violence research coordinator at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2008 HSPH graduate Jocelyn Kelly traveled to war-torn Eastern Congo in 2009 and early 2010 to conduct interviews with perpetrators of sexual violence and mass rape. She spoke with…

HIV/AIDS: Stories from an epidemic

June 8, 2010 -- They are an odd couple of co-authors. Max Essex, chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative and a world-renowned research scientist, teamed up with Unity Dow, author of four novels and the first woman to sit on Botswana’s High…

Painting a picture of older Africans

October 11, 2013 -- A large new study led by the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (the Pop Center) aims to shed light on how people in Sub-Saharan Africa are faring as they age, given that both infectious and non-infectious…

Strengthening African health systems

October 30, 2013 -- A group of current and former African finance ministers discussed ways to improve the management of public health systems at an early October roundtable convened by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the African Development Bank. Fifteen…

Malaria resurgence concerns researchers

A resurgence of malaria in parts of Africa is raising questions about whether current control mechanisms are failing. It could be, some researchers say, that mosquitoes are becoming resistant to the insecticide used on bed nets. Or that people are losing their…

Buckee named an ‘Innovator Under 35’

August 21, 2013 — Caroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health, has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of this year’s Innovators Under 35. The honor…

Research team corroborates Darfur abuse allegations

After reviewing and analyzing medical records, researchers say they’ve corroborated allegations by Darfur civilians who say they were tortured, sexually assaulted, or otherwise abused by Sudanese government or Janjaweed forces in the Darfur region of Sudan. The research was published April 3,…

Ecosystem alteration linked to human health risks

November 25, 2013 — Across the globe, there are signs that human activity is causing changes to Earth’s natural systems that may result in risks to health—from Indonesia, where fires used to clear land have been linked to cardiopulmonary disease downwind in…

Maternal health advocates push for new global goals

March 5, 2013 -- Throughout history, more women have died in childbirth than men have died in battle, Mahmoud Fathalla, founder of the Safe Motherhood Initiative, told attendees at the recent Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, co-sponsored by Harvard School…