Topic: Africa

Understanding the social context of Ebola

April 10, 2015 — Theresa Betancourt, ScD ’03, associate professor of child health and human rights, directs the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity, based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and Population. She has…

Helping children rescued from Boko Haram

Eighty-four boys rescued by the Cameroonian army in March 2015 from Boko Haram, an Islamist terrorist group based in Nigeria, were initially silent. But that silence might be what helped them survive at the Koranic school from which they were rescued, according to…

Coping during the Ebola epidemic—and beyond

March 31, 2015 -- Epidemiologist and infectious disease immunologist Mosoka Fallah, MPH ’12, has been on the front lines for many months in his native Liberia battling the Ebola epidemic, which began in December 2013 and spread through several West African countries.…

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…

Fighting to end polio in Syria

After helping bring international attention to an emerging polio epidemic in Syria, Annie Sparrow, MPH '04, has been working for the past year to help the country’s medical workers learn to diagnose and treat the disease. An Australian-born physician and professor of…

Bee decline could increase malnutrition and disease risk

More than half of people living in four of the world’s poorest countries could be newly at risk for malnutrition if bees and other pollinating animals continue to decline, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of…

Public healthonomics

[ Winter 2015 ] Assistant Professor Jessica Cohen is bringing a behavioral economics perspective to public health interventions in Africa. Here’s the thing, says Jessica Cohen. You can design a public health program or product that works wonderfully, that will spare suffering…

African countries could pay greater share of HIV/AIDS funding

As economies improve in sub-Saharan Africa, the region’s 12 countries could cover more of the funding for HIV/AIDS programs, according to a new analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health lecturer Stephen Resch and colleagues at the Results for Development…

Students 'hack' Ebola

Harvard School of Public Health was well-represented at the Harvard HackEbola (with Data!) event, held November 21-23, 2014. Students and researchers worked in teams to develop methods for more effective data mining to predict Ebola cases, and one group later announced plans…