Topic: Asia

Globalization's permanent underclass

[ Spring 2013 ] The medieval system of bonded labor traps millions of workers worldwide for life. In a thatched hut in Bihar, India, amid agricultural fields and brick kilns where his children and grandchildren toiled away, an elderly man with shaking hands prepared…

Training China's public health leaders

AGENTS OF CHANGE Participants in the China Senior Health Executive Training Program (including Ge LiJun, deputy director general of the Ministry of Health's Department of International Cooperation, above left) were eager to share their views on the United States health care system through…

HSPH students study health reform in China

JOURNEY OF 17,000 MILES Watching the earthquake-ravaged Sichuan region's public health system rebuild is now an integral part of HSPH's Field Study on Health Systems Reforms, an annual three-week course that is led each January by Yuanli Liu (with a survivor, above). Consistently…

Obesity in China portends a diabetic disaster

[ Spring 2009 ] Like a runaway train, type 2 diabetes is speeding through many rapidly developing countries, including China. Could a seemingly simple change in diet—from white rice to brown rice—slow the spread of this disease? Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) hope…

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…

Changing the cycle of family abuse in India and South Asia

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] Child Brides, Child Mothers, Child Victims It’s a tale of two siblings that plays out hundreds of thousands of times every year in rural India. While her older brother completes his education and is given the opportunity to…

China's leaders, HSPH experts unite in health reform effort

[ Spring 2009 ] At the height of China's SARS outbreak in the spring of 2003, with Beijing reporting hundreds of new cases a day, Yuanli Liu woke up at 3 a.m. in Boston to a ringing telephone. On the line was a senior Chinese government…

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…

A tale of two countries: Q and A with Professor Jennifer Leaning

[ Fall 2008 ] On May 2, Cyclone Nargis hit the coast of Myanmar, devastating the low-lying Irrawaddy delta with 120 miles-per-hour winds and a 12-foot tidal surge. Ten days later, an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale struck China's mountainous Sichuan Province.…