Insurance coverage and proximity to health care centers factor into health-related inequalities in Rwanda

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Chunling Lu, PhD, is co-author on a study that has found that poverty status is not the only significant contributing factor to the inequalities in medical care utilization and household catastrophic spending that exist in Rwanda. Photo: Julien Harneis on Flickr

Global health researchers call for development of local research capacity within LMICs

A team of global health experts, including Harvard Pop Center faculty members Stephen Tollman and Kathleen Kahn, have authored a Comment in The Lancet Global Health that makes a case for why strengthening local research capacities within low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is needed to most effectively pinpoint issues, and develop and govern system-wide solutions. The … Continue reading “Global health researchers call for development of local research capacity within LMICs”

Scaling up male circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa could prevent more than 1 million HIV infections

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Till Bärnighausen, ScD, MD, PhD, and David Bloom, PhD, are co-authors of a new paper written for the 2015 Copenhagen Consensus that touts scaling up male circumcision to include 90% of Sub-Saharan males who are not HIV infected as a way to cost-effectively and dramatically reduce HIV infections. The findings … Continue reading “Scaling up male circumcision in Sub-Saharan Africa could prevent more than 1 million HIV infections”

Decline in HIV mortality due to antiretroviral treatment not same for all groups in rural South African community

Harvard Pop Center affiliated researchers Kathleen Kahn, PhD, and Stephen Tollman, PhD, and colleagues have published a study in Global Health Action that evaluates the HIV mortality rates on a rural South African community from 2007-2010, when antiretroviral treatment (ART) was rolled out. Factors such as gender, age, location (distance from health center), length of … Continue reading “Decline in HIV mortality due to antiretroviral treatment not same for all groups in rural South African community”

Subu Subramanian speaks at UNICEF South Asia conference “Stop Stunting”

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Subu Subramanian, PhD, spoke in New Delhi at a conference on stunting sponsored by UNICEF South Asia. Subramanian’s appearance at the conference was featured in this HSPH news brief, this New York Times article,  and in this video by UNICEF.

Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition

As reported in this HSPH release, an article in the Harvard Gazette and this NPR blog, a large study published in The Lancet Global Health, co-authored by Pop Center faculty member S V Subramanian and former PGDA Fellow Sebastian Vollmer, finds that, contrary to widely held beliefs, economic growth has little to no effect on … Continue reading “Economic growth no cure for child undernutrition”