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Turner, Frenk discuss global health challenges at Forum launch

The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health was officially launched Thursday, Dec. 9, with a lively discussion on global health issues between CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner and HSPH Dean Julio Frenk. Abigail Trafford, former health editor at The…

Global health focus transitions to the elderly, chronic disease

Global health needs are evolving from a focus on infectious diseases to chronic disease and from diseases of the young to those of the growing elderly population, according to international experts who spoke in March 2012 at Harvard Business School. The “Innovations…

Making the case to continue an innovative anti-malaria program

November 7, 2012 -- Funding at Risk for Program That Increases Availability, Lowers Costs for Most Effective Drugs A pharmacist in Chokwe, Mozambique dispenses Coartem, an artemisinin-combination therapy. A two-year-old pilot program that aims to protect the most effective drug for malaria from…

Community reaction critical to rebuilding lives of child soldiers

How accepting or hostile a community is toward former child soldiers can help determine whether they will fare well or reoffend, according to Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director…

Student team documents health conditions on isolated Idjwi island

A team of seven Harvard graduate students, including four recent HSPH alumni, have released the findings of an innovative health assessment they conducted on Africa’s isolated Idjwi Island last summer. Invited by a Congolese doctor with roots on the island, the students…

World Health Organization needs 'major reform,' says HSPH prof.

July 29, 2011 The World Health Organization (WHO) needs major reform to regain its leadership as a trusted provider of scientific and technical knowledge, according to Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public…

Rosling uses ‘animated statistics’ to show global health trends

Armed with colorful animated graphs that show statistical trends over time, with moving bubbles and flowing curves, global health statistician Hans Rosling told a Harvard audience that it’s a myth that the world can be neatly divided among “developed” and “developing” nations.…

Innovative study documents changing health needs of African women

March 13, 2013 — Public health resources in Africa have long been devoted to infectious diseases such as AIDS and malaria and, for women, reproductive health services. But while these services are vital, the health needs of a growing population of African…

GHP@50: Symposium explores progress, challenges in global health

April 24, 2013 -- In 1962, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) launched the Department of Demography and Human Ecology, the first department devoted to population sciences in any school of public health. Fifty years later the department, now known as Global…

In developing nations, the rich get heavier while the poor stay thin

Weight-related ailments such as diabetes and heart disease are growing problems in developing countries. But such diseases are affecting mostly the rich. For the most part, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study, the poor in developing nations are…