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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…

Energized, global effort needed to target noncommunicable diseases

October 17, 2011 -- The United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and a small group of disease-specific non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need help to address the mounting toll of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and chronic respiratory disease—that…

Global health news: Healthy, educated youths key to future of Nigeria

Nigeria must provide its burgeoning youth population with opportunities for health, education and jobs to avoid social, economic and security disaster in the next 20 years, according to the “Next Generation Nigeria” report commissioned by the British Council, a UK nonprofit. The…