Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

      From my perspective, happiness is undeniably a  global health issue, because of the strong evidence for the connection between mental health and well-being and physical health. As many people know, the effect runs both directions; physical health challenges can be taxing emotionally, and mental health stresses can take a toll on your … Continue reading Global Health and International Day of Happiness: 3/20 2014

Future Day — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 3, 2014)

This past weekend, March 1st, was the second annual celebration of Future Day. As an emerging technologies person, I try to pay attention to this. While the primary hashtag was #FutureDay, there were several others that seemed to pop up along with it, of which some of the more interesting ones included: #4futr #futr #futureday … Continue reading Future Day — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 3, 2014)

Public health and internationalism

A new website had been created, based at Birkbeck, University of London: The Reluctant Internationalists: A History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements and Experts in Twentieth Century Europe.  A central concern of The Reluctant Internationalists is the role played by debates about public health and (real or imagined) crises in the formation of … Continue reading Public health and internationalism

Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources

A new web page, “Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources,” is now available from the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international responders and response planners as well as to U.S. friends and family of people in the Philippines. http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/typhoonHaiyan.htmlContinue reading Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources

Malawi’s leader makes safe childbirth her mission

From the New York Times Fixes blog: Malawi is a country of rolling hills and marshy flatlands, where 85 percent of the population live in the countryside, most subsisting on less than $2 per person per day, typically from corn and tobacco farming. It is also a country with extremely high maternal mortality. In the … Continue reading Malawi’s leader makes safe childbirth her mission

World Malaria Day 2012

Today, around the globe, countries, organizations and individuals are observing World Malaria Day.  According to the WHO World Malaria Report 2011, there were 216 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2010. Although it is a preventable and treatable infectious disease, more than 1 million people die of malaria each year.   The majority of these deaths occur … Continue reading World Malaria Day 2012

Health technology innovation in Japan

 As Japan's government strives to reduce spending, placing healthcare costs at the top its agenda, Japanese health-related private sector companies face growing challenges in the domestic market.  The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) Seattle, WA, spoke with Kenichi Matsumoto, Sakura Global Holding Co. Ltd. and Sakura Seiki Co. Ltd. about the current challenges and future … Continue reading Health technology innovation in Japan

More news on cholera vaccination campaign in Haiti

From the Shots blog at NPR: Sebelius Lends Support To Vaccination Projects In Haiti:  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Haiti today(4/17) to support two big vaccination initiatives. One, a pilot project to prevent cholera, is already under way. The other, aimed at five childhood diseases, is set to begin later this … Continue reading More news on cholera vaccination campaign in Haiti

Public health, global health, & the CDC

A paper has jsut been published in PLoS Medicine:  "The Role of Public Health Institutions in Global Health System Strengthening Efforts: The US CDC's Perspective". Summary Points: Health system strengthening has become a recognized priority for achieving major public health goals such as those identified by disease-specific global health initiatives for HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, malaria, childhood … Continue reading Public health, global health, & the CDC