Topic: populations

The hidden health costs of the Great Recession

What is the total price tag for the Great Recession? Almost five years after the official end of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, there is still no clear answer. What we do know is this: A full accounting must reflect…

Ferrante gift boosts "Outside-the-box" thinking

[ Spring 2014 ] Among the outside-the-box efforts that may benefit from a new $500,000 gift from Domenic and Molly Ferrante to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI): Collecting, analyzing, and distributing large data sets to provide time-sensitive information on humanitarian issues—painting a picture, for…

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

For immediate release: May 7, 2014 Boston, MA — At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced…

Syrian refugees in Lebanon struggle with social isolation

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are experiencing the same struggles as many other groups of refugees, but their particular circumstances make social isolation a problem as well, writes Susan Bartels, a fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in an…

Population visionary

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When Roger Revelle took the helm of the new Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (known as the Pop Center) in 1964, he was already one of the world’s most eminent and eclectic scientists. His prominence in…

Poverty, disasters & health against all odds

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The most powerful influences on population health are not the medical interventions that diagnose and treat disease. Rather, they are the broad social forces—war or peace, poverty or financial security, political oppression or fundamental human rights—that shape all…

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,…

Infographic: Then and now

We've come a long way since the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers opened its doors in 1913. Have a look at the changes in the US population and its health in the last hundred years. View expanded infographic. All figures refer to…

World population to surpass 7 billion in 2011

Explosive Population Growth Means Challenges for Developing Nations For immediate release: Thursday, July 28, 2011 Boston, MA - Global population is expected to hit 7 billion later this year, up from 6 billion in 1999. Between now and 2050, an estimated 2.3…