Road Traffic Issues: A Public Health Priority

About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes and half of those are “vulnerable road users”: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists (WHO, 2016). One of the targets included in the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, goal number 3 Good Health and Well-being, is to halve the number of global […]

It’s Human Civilization that is at stake

This year’s Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in San Francisco opened with a powerful keynote delivered on planetary health by Richard Horton, The Lancet’s editor-in-chief, declaring we have been mortgaging the health of future generations to pay for today’s wants.  This came as a wake up call for many of the audience members, many […]

Mahila Musing: Nepal, Part 3

Through partnerships with on-the-ground organizations and a heap of passion for helping women around the world, Mahila Partnership takes a unique approach to sustainable development and disaster recovery in the communities where we work. Mahila’s President, Angela Devlen offers a deeper look at Mahila’s past projects in Nepal, how the team responded in the wake of […]

Clima de Cambio: Un día histórico

El 11 de Diciembre del 2015, concluyó una de las reuniones climáticas más importante de la humanidad. Fueron horas de debates, de negociaciones hasta el amanecer, de discusiones que tenían un solo fin: lograr un acuerdo vinculante en París, que permita un camino de baja emisiones hacia el desarrollo sustentable. Un pacto que permitirá que […]

Strengthening a Global Nursing Workforce: Disaster Preparedness & Response

In a world where catastrophic disaster events are occurring with greater frequency and intensity, the need for a global nursing workforce prepared to respond is of critical importance. Nurses and nurse midwives are widely recognized as essential members of the global disaster response team. Devastating hurricanes and tornadoes in the US, earthquakes that rocked Haiti, […]

Rather than compete with the private companies...we decided to collaborate...to help improve their practices so that the water they provide is of the highest possible quality.

Alex Harding, Executive Director at Water Ecuador

Unleash the Private Sector to Scale Up Improvements in Maternal and Child Health

By Alex Harding, Executive Director at Water Ecuador When I was working in Ecuador to build water treatment systems in small rural communities there, I thought of my job as extremely complex. There was, of course, the actual construction of the water plant and the installation of treatment equipment. But the work of the organization I founded […]

Chile’s biggest environmental threat needs to be addressed with our best effort.

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco, PhD

Clean air and health: The Chilean Way

Air quality is the world’s biggest environmental threat. There is substantial research that shows that when there is more particulate matter in the air, more people get sick. And when there is long-term exposure, people die. We also know that sometimes air quality monitoring stations do not tell the whole story. And that when people live […]