Topic: Africa

Life after death: Helping former child soldiers become whole again

[ Fall 2011 ] Today, among the 87 war-torn countries in which data have been gathered, 300,000–500,000 children are involved with fighting forces as child soldiers. Some, as young as seven, commit unspeakable atrocities: killing parents and siblings, assaulting neighbors, torching the…

Retooling primary care to tackle chronic diseases

February 13, 2015 — Primary care can be redesigned to combat the burgeoning global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease complications, and other strategies, according to an article by Margaret Kruk, associate professor of…

Shining a light on neglect

[Fall 2015] When Ellen Agler, MPH ’04, met Oumar three years ago in Mali, the teenager was wearing a soccer jersey—fitting attire for his favorite sport. But he could never play the game that delighted him: His legs and feet were huge…

A picture of health

[Spring 2015] Alumna’s instructional videos transform frontline health care globally In rural South Sudan, the population barely tops four people per square mile. Vehicles are a rarity. And when night falls, a limitless silence descends. Despite this isolation, Deborah Van Dyke, MPH…

Experimental Ebola vaccine found highly effective in trial

An experimental Ebola vaccine tested in a trial of more than 4,000 people in Guinea has shown a high level of effectiveness, according a new study in The Lancet. In the trial, experts used a “ring vaccination” strategy—the same strategy used to…

Tackling malaria using the art of deception

May 27, 2015 — Francisco Cai could have parlayed his Stanford computer science degrees into opportunities developing a smartphone app or increasing a website’s ad revenues. Instead, he sought out a way to use his formidable coding skills to tackle problems affecting…

Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate now available in 15 languages

For immediate release: April 27, 2015 Boston, MA ─ The Healthy Eating Plate—a simple, visual meal-planning guide that addresses important deficiencies in the U.S. government’s MyPlate icon—has now been translated into 14 new languages by its developers at the Harvard T.H. Chan…