The funding is commendable: but what about coordination? Working together to save children’s lives

There are roughly 750 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among other benchmarks, this means reducing the number of child deaths worldwide by two-thirds (MDG4).

Addressing the impact of noncommunicable diseases

In the world today, more people live in urban than in rural communities, more people are overweight than are underweight, and more people die from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) than from infections.

Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time

A country ravaged by 14 years of civil war, Liberia has imminent needs spanning every sector. Both the international community and the Government of Liberia (GoL) have identified strengthening health systems as a key priority. The civil war reduced the available health workforce and impacted the country’s ability to provide essential health services. Although the … Continue reading “Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time”

Women Deliver Day 1: Saying NO to cervical cancer: Promising advances in global HPV vaccination

Even before my dear friend, Cindy deNeve, died young of cervical cancer, I cared deeply about prevention via HPV vaccination. My new granddaughter and Cindy’s two small daughters will avoid cervical cancer because they can afford the expensive vaccine. Not so for millions of young girls in poor and middle income countries.

Practical strategies to engage patients with integrated health care

If the goal of health care organizations is better health outcomes for their clients, then patient engagement is key. Health care providers who are engaging patients consider the patients’ needs, preferences and perspectives when care decisions are being made. Patient engagement leads to higher patient satisfaction and lower costs.

Greetings from San Francisco: Taking in the spectacle of APHA and presenting the “Reentry Project”

In the midst of the San Francisco Giants’ sweep of the World Series, there is other excitement to report here from “the city by the bay.”