Topic: Asia

Heavy pollution in northern China reduces lifespans

Half a billion people in northern China will likely live an average of 5.5 years less than their southern counterparts because of heavy air pollution caused by coal burning, according to a new study. Researchers from China, Israel and the United States…

Forced prostitution raises risk of HIV/AIDS infection

Women in India who are forced into prostitution or sex trafficking are almost three times more likely to be HIV-infected than those who joined the industry voluntarily, according to Kathleen Wirth, ScD ’11, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard…

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…

Harvard-organized conference in New Delhi focuses on gender justice

Leading lawmakers, police officials, and social activists met on July 12-13, 2013 in New Delhi, India for a conference on “Gender Justice and Criminal Law Reform” organized by the Harvard Gender Violence Project (HGVP), a collaboration between Harvard School of Public Health’s…