Topic: Africa

House flies and diplomacy

Two decades ago, Richard Pollack, then a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard School of Public Health, embarked on what turned into an unusual scientific mission. Along with his mentor the late Andrew Spielman, Pollack traveled to the Dead Sea to tackle an infestation…

Buckee named a “CNN 10” top thinker

Caroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was hailed as one of 10 “visionaries whose ideas are shaping our future” by CNN. An October 22, 2013…

Sharing passion for public health at Kenya hospital

Karima Ladhani, a SD ’16 candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health, was among several Harvard graduate students featured September 10, 2013 in a Harvard Gazette article about their diverse summer work. Ladhani spent…

HSPH alumna named HIV/AIDS Envoy to UN Secretary-General

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) alumna Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. A surgeon who has played a key role in both public health and politics in Africa, Wandira-Kasibwe, SD…

Cell phone data mining dubbed “breakthrough technology”

Caroline Buckee’s research on mining cell phone data to track how people’s movements correlate with the spread of disease has been named one of the top 10 “breakthrough technologies” for 2013 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. Research published in October 2012 in…

Alumnus Donald Hopkins works to end the scourge of Guinea worm

A New York Times profile of HSPH alumnus Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, describes his impressive efforts to battle Guinea worm disease and his prior involvement with the eradication of smallpox. Former deputy director and acting director of the Centers for Disease Control…