Topic: Asia

A burning passion

[ Winter 2014 ] When Catlin Powers first stepped into a nomadic family’s canvas tent in the Chinese Himalayas, she was overpowered by the smell of burning yak dung, the traditional source of fuel. She almost choked on the thick yellow smoke that spewed…

Singapore’s health care system holds valuable lessons for U.S.

January 28, 2014 -- The United States could learn a thing or two from Singapore when it comes to providing quality health care at reasonable cost, according to biologist, entrepreneur, and author William Haseltine. Intrigued by the fact that the Southeast Asian…

Thailand's "Father of Modern Medicine"

Prince Mahidol Adulyadej of Songkla was the father of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, the reigning King of Thailand—and one of the earliest and most honored alumni of Harvard School of Public Health. The Prince kept a low profile when he was a…

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,…

Boosting vitamin D could reduce severity of multiple sclerosis

For immediate release: Monday, January 20, 2014 Boston, MA -- For patients in the early stages of multiple sclerosis (MS), low levels of vitamin D were found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression, according to a new study led…

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon extremely vulnerable

A new report released by Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights on January 13, 2014 documents the dire conditions faced by Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Released in conjunction with a United Nations-sponsored donor conference on Syria taking place in…

The Eradicator: Donald Hopkins

August 2013 -- Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, and currently a vice president at the Carter Center, has spent a career helping to eradicate two major tropical diseases. Beginning in the 1960s he helped lead efforts to vaccinate people in Africa and Asia…

Statement of support for AIDS doctors detained by Iranian authorities

For immediate release: Thursday, January 15, 2009 Boston, MA -- Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, today expressed "the continuing concern and distress of the public health community regarding the detention by Iranian authorities of Dr. Kamiar Alaei,…