Global Health

May 27, 2014 Finally! A bit late perhaps from my mother’s point of view, but now she has a child with a medical degree. I’m profoundly grateful to Baylor College of Medicine for that. In truth, my mother has had it much better all along. As she likes to say, she has every mother’s dream: [...]

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Speech Presented at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences December 5, 2013 It is a wonderful joy and great honor for me to be in the renowned Pontifical Academy of Social Science to discuss the crucially important topic of social inclusion. Pope Francis’ recent exhortation to the world, Evangelii Gaudium, energizes us to overcome exclusion, [...]

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Over the long course of human history, no infectious disease killed more people than malaria. Called the “mother of fevers” by the ancient Chinese, malaria has plagued us since we evolved from apes and it once affected the better part of the globe. By the turn of the twentieth century, thanks to a combination of [...]

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MAPUTO – One of the greatest successes in development aid in the past decade has been the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Global Fund has saved millions of lives and helped countries around the world beat back three epidemic diseases. Now it is appealing to the world’s governments and the private [...]

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Actress and Global Citizen Festival Host, Olivia Wilde, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs ask Global Citizens to call on Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical companies to bring one million Community Health Workers to Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were launched in 2000, the world has made tremendous gains in reducing new HIV infections and helping people with HIV to live longer and healthier lives. For a long time, efforts to ensure that a pregnant woman living with HIV would not pass the virus to her child — [...]

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Children are every country’s most vital resource. This is true not just morally, but also economically. Investing in the health, education, and skills of children offers the highest economic returns to a country. A new study by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows which high-income countries are doing well when it comes to making these [...]

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By Prabhjot Singh, Jeffrey Sachs During the past 10 years, community health workers (CHWs) have emerged as a focal point of international discussions of primary health-care systems. Although lay community-based health workers have been active for at least 60 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 prompted new discussion of how these workers can help [...]

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by Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs & Prabhjot Singh. Across Sub-Saharan Africa, fever in a young child can be an ominous sign. With the possible causes ranging from a self-limited virus to a fatal pneumonia or malaria, a child’s life may depend on rapid diagnosis and treatment. In poor, rural settings, the visit of a Community [...]

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The goal of universal health coverage is deeply embedded in politics, ethics, and international law. Article 25 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for health, including medical care, and the right to security in the event of sickness or disability. Motherhood [...]

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