Topic: Latin America and the Caribbean

Cure for ‘silent killer’ remains elusive

April 30, 2014 — Barbara Burleigh, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases, studies Chagas disease, a leading cause of infectious heart failure. The disease is a major health and economic burden in Latin America, where it’s endemic, with roughly 8 million…

Intensive course in Brazil immerses students in public health fieldwork

Students from Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard College traveled to Brazil in January 2014 for an intensive-three week Winter Session course exploring public health in the world’s fifth-largest country. In addition to classwork, the students visited shantytowns, infectious-disease hospitals, and…

From pond to pump

[ Winter 2011] HSPH student sees the future of energy production—and cleaner, healthier skies—in tiny green algae Birds no longer fall dead out of the sky in Mexico City. One of the most polluted spots on Earth 20 years ago—when it was dubbed…

Rebuilding shattered lives

[Fall 2010] When an earthquake struck in Chile, HSPH alum Karen Anderson and the community health group she founded were the first on the scene—and they’re still there. At 3:34 a.m. on February 27, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, killing…

Unequal access

Doctoral student studies social disparities and health May 28, 2013 -- Conducting research projects among mothers and infants in Brazil in the mid-2000s, Paola Gilsanz got to see firsthand the effects of health inequalities. She saw that, all too often, good health…

Making a difference while making a profit

June 6, 2013 -- Can for-profit health ventures be an effective way to improve the health of poor people around the globe? Teams of students at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) sought…

Chagas disease dubbed “The new AIDS of the Americas”

Chagas disease, a potentially deadly ailment that afflicts an estimated 8 to 11 million people worldwide, has been dubbed “the new AIDS of the Americas” in an editorial in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. According to a May 28, 2012 New…

HSPH Dean Julio Frenk on health reform lessons from Mexico

Dean Julio Frenk, who served as Mexico’s minister of health from 2000 to 2006, contributed to the Harvard Business Review’s “Innovations in Health Care” blog. As countries from Ghana to the United States grapple with expanding health care coverage for their citizens,…