Global Progress on Reducing Child Deaths Largely Due to Fewer of Main Infectious Diseases and Deaths during Birth
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published the most up-to-date causes of deaths estimates among children under five at global, regional and country-level between 2000 and 2015.
Global Health: Now More Than Ever
Open letter from Chair David Peters: The Department of International Health was founded over 55 years ago on principles of internationalism – the belief that we can overcome divisions of nationalism, class, wealth, and other obstacles to social justice and ill health though the promise of science, public health practice and education. And in doing so, we learn from and promote the diversity of cultures, building of local capabilities, and international cooperation. These values are not fleeting – they endure, almost as part of our collective DNA. Read more.
Beyond petri dishes: Social, economic issues that affect health need more attentio n
Canada has to invest more time, money and research into the social and economic factors that influence public health issues, Ted Bruce and David Peters write.
Department’s Ideas Incubator Grant recipients announced
Part of the Department’s small grants program, this round of awards is intended to “seed” ideas for further research proposals or training grant proposals at outside donor agencies. The call was open to all full-time faculty for all topics in international health, with a priority on multidisciplinary work and work in low- and middle-income countries.
Rethinking how refugees get medical care
Professor Paul Spiegel is interviewed. Refugees can be a benefit rather than a burden to health services in countries where they live, says Spiegel. He explains that when refugees are integrated into national health systems and allowed to work to pay for care, everyone wins.
Emory, Johns Hopkins researchers get $30 million to study household air pollution
The study involves a multi-country randomized controlled field trial to assess the impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution and health. The team will establish trial sites at India, Guatemala, Peru and Rwanda, and it will recruit 800 pregnant study participants at each location. Associate Professor Will Checkley is one of the study leads.
Ebola’s teachable moment
A case study, Leadership in Times of Crisis: The Example of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia, by Chair David Peters and Alum Tolbert Nyenswah is highlighted, along with a personal reflection by Nyenswah.
Nutrition in the 21st Century
Book launch: Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century. Editors include Associate Professor Alain Labrique and Adjunct Associate Professor Klaus Kraemer.
Why the United Nations is facing push-back as it tries to help Haiti – Christian Science Monitor
Professor Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, discusses the emergency response needs in Haiti.
Dr. Anthony D. So to lead new JHSPH technology initiative to improve health access and impact
The IDEA Initiative (Innovation + Design for Enabling Access) will start by focusing on the looming challenge of antimicrobial resistance
Seminar: Formation of the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia
Watch live at 12:15 pm (ET) on September 20. Keynote Speaker: Kesete Birhan Admasu, MD, MPH, Minister of Health, Ethiopia.
Three IH Faculty Elected to Health Systems Global's Board of Directors
Congratulations to Drs. Sara Bennett, Asha George, and Adnan Hyder. Health Systems Global looks forward to formally welcoming and introducing the new Board Members at its Annual General Meeting in Vancouver during the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (14-18 November 2016).
JHU Mhealth team wins Discovery Award to help fathers become better parents
First collaboration of faculty from across the University to focus on men’s health
A team of researchers, led by the School of Medicine’s Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH, won funding from a Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award to develop a mobile-based parenting tool designed especially for fathers. The tool will provide parenting tips to help fathers become more engaged in their young children’s lives and will focus on reaching low-income, non-resident fathers. Read more
Traffic deaths: Researchers suggest India’s stats are way too low
A new study led by Assistant Professor Kavi Bhalla casts doubt on the reliability of India offical government data on traffic fatalities. "Our study suggests that taken together pedestrians and motorcyclists account for the vast majority of traffic deaths in India. The official national statistics for 2014 put the proportion at less than a third. The Indian government claims that they intend to cut traffic deaths by half, but this is impossible to achieve without knowing how people die on the roads."
The Pneumonia Newsletter—a new resource for child health champions compiled by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
The goal: to connect advocates around the world who are fighting pneumonia, not just on World Pneumonia Day but year-round. The newsletter includes updates on pneumonia innovation, country progress, advocacy and research. This one-stop resource for all things childhood pneumonia keeps advocates informed, and it serves as a platform to share their stories and work with the global community.
We are looking for child health advocates who are interested in contributing their perspectives and sharing their work in the newsletter. Do you have information or a success story to share? Is there a topic you would like for us to cover? Please e-mail ideas to Salma Warshanna-Sparklin.
Better Data for Better Health: Data for Health Initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 18 countries have partnered with its $100 million Data for Health (D4H) initiative. These countries will receive critical technical assistance and catalytic funding for new tools and systems to help nations gather accurate data about the health of their citizens. As part of the D4H initiative, Department of International Health faculty are working to find ways of using mobile phones to collect better and more timely data on non-communicable diseases.
Winning an NIH Grant - Seminar
Dr. Kevin Callahan, a visiting scholar in the Department of International Health, shared his tips, strategies and insight for winning NIH grants.
The Lancet profiles the Bloomberg School at 100
Chair David Peters is quoted on the School's commitment to addressing the problems of disadvantaged people. The profile also highlights many of the achievements of the School's faculty and alumni, including discovering the role of vitamin D in preventing rickets; directing WHO's global campaign to eradicate smallpox; developing chlorination and establishing modern water and sewage systems in 50 countries; and undertaking the world's longest-running HIV cohort study.