Topic: women and health

Fighting sexual violence in the Congo

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The plight of women in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has captured headlines, as women have fallen prey to lawlessness and violence in the ongoing conflict that first broke out in 1996. Since its inception,…

Dean's message: Research to knowledge to action

[ Spring/Summer 2010 ] When I became Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, in January 2009, one of my key priorities was to translate knowledge into effective policies and actions that improve the health of populations. To make this goal a reality,…

Making sense of sexual violence in Central Africa

[ Spring 2009 ] Imani* was just 15 when soldiers from the rebel group Interahamwe seized her on the road. Amid a bewildering array of competing armies, local militias, and rebel factions, sexual brutality has reached unprecedented levels there, terrorizing Congolese women…

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…

Value of mammography questioned in large new study

A large new study suggests that mammograms may not save more women’s lives than physical breast exams alone, and in fact may lead to unnecessary treatment of small breast cancers that would likely pose no harm. The Canadian study, published February 11,…

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,…

PTSD raises risk for obesity in women

Women with PTSD gain weight more rapidly than women without disorder For immediate release: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Boston, MA — Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women…