Monthly Archives: January 2012

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WHO Video: Buruli ulcer – from a difficult past to a hopeful future


This short advocacy film depicts the tragedy of Buruli ulcer, an infectious disease that destroys large areas of skin when detected and treated late. Against this tragic backdrop, the overarching message is one of hope and promise, thanks to the introduction of antibiotics. Using facts, figures, and moving testimonials, the film brings much good news.

Save the Children Video: Chisomo from Malawi, Africa – Save the Children Introduces Health Worker

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Calling all Bloggers: Medscape Seeking Public Health and Prevention Blogger

Attention all you current or prospective public health bloggers: Medscape (from WebMD) is currently seeking a blogger to write for their Public Health and Prevention website (http://www.medscape.com/public/blogs). They are seeking candidates who write well to blog about any public health-oriented topic of interest – domestic and international. Due to budget constraints, no honorarium is available, but the time commitment is minimal: only one or two posts per month.

I worked under this contract last year (http://blogs.medscape.com/an_ounces_worth) and enjoyed it very much. Dr. Padmini Murthy blogs for them as well (http://blogs.medscape.com/minimurthy). Janet Kim, senior editor and the person in charge of hiring the blog, occasionally suggests or requests posts that correspond to current events or trending topics, but for the most part the blogger has the freedom to write about topics of his or her choosing. I highly recommend this for anyone who is looking to expand their  social media presence in the online public health community!

Interested candidates can contact Janet Kim at jkim@medscape.net.

Webcast: Uniting to Combat NTDs

Please tune in for a special webcast featuring Bill Gates, Margaret Chan, Stephen O’Brien, pharmaceutical industry CEOs and other partners on:

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ending the Neglect and Reaching 2020 Goals

Webcast will go live Monday, January 30, 6:00 a.m. EST at http://www.unitingtocombatntds.org.
An archived video will be available after the event for on-demand viewing.

Join a group of international partners for an event that demonstrates how innovative partnership can accelerate improvements in health and development for millions of people living in the world’s poorest countries.

Through a series of coordinated commitments, these partners aim to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and drive progress toward the World Health Organization’s goals for control or elimination by 2020.

The event will feature:

· Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
· CEOs of Nine Leading Pharmaceutical Companies
· Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
· Senior Government Officials from Tanzania, Mozambique, Brazil and Zanzibar
· Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, UK Department for International Development
· Dr. Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
· Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
· Dr. Caroline Anstey, Managing Director, World Bank
· Moderated by: Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English

Internship – Global Health Fellows Program II (Washington, DC)

The Global Health Fellows Program II is pleased to announce its Internships with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Agency’s Washington, DC headquarters. These exciting positions consist of three current openings and a summer cohort of 25. For a downloadable flyer suitable for posting, please follow this link: GHFP Internship Flyer. All internships require US citizenship or permanent resident status.

Technical areas include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious diseases (e.g. malaria, avian influenza, TB)
  • Maternal and child health
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition
  • Commodities and logistics
  • A variety of competitive, positions are available. While most positions are at the graduate level, some positions are also open to undergraduate students who meet certain criteria. We are interested in people from a broad range of disciplines including:
  • Public health
  • Social work
  • Education
  • International relations/development
  • Commodity security and logistics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing /midwifery
  • Public policy
  • Pharmacy
  • Business administration

To apply
Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at http://www.ghfp.net.

Free GHFP-II Webinar: Insider tips to maximize your chances for internship selection

Do you know someone who has set their sights on a substantive global health internship this summer, but fear that the competition will be overwhelming? That’s why we’re inviting them to a free webinar that can make a big difference.

The Global Health Fellows Program II has 25 sought-after internships for summer 2012. To help maximize the chances for selection, we’ve developed a webinar filled with inside tips and valuable information to help applicants stand out during the review process. All the positions are with the Bureau for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC. Requirements and the application are available at http://www.ghfp.net.

In this interactive webinar, a senior GHFP-II staffer will take participants through the basics—crafting a great application, focusing the resume for maximum effectiveness—and much more. One of our 2011 interns will also be online to describe first hand his experience as an HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling Intern in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID. A Q&A session will round out the event.

Details and a link to registration are below.

GHFP-II Free webinar:
“How to land your Global Health internship—Tips from a recruiter & intern!”
Day/Date/Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12-1:30 pm EST, 9-10:30 am PST
Register now, space is limited: https://publichealthinstitute.webex.com/publichealthinstitute/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=963107424

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APHA Signs on to Letter to WHO Executive Board on Protection of Health Care Workers

The following message is from Peter Freeman, chair of the IH Section’s Advocacy and Policy Committee.


Since October 2011, members of the IH Advocacy & Policy Committee have been participating on a coalition, organized through IntraHealth International, whose aim is to bring global focus onto the protection of health care workers, patients and systems in areas and times of conflict.

In mid January 2012, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) is scheduled to meet; members of this coalition will be in attendance. To move the coalition’s agenda forward, a letter is being presented to the WHO Executive Board asking to put a resolution before the WHO Assembly that would call for:
*the development and implementation of a plan to collect and report data concerning attacks on health facilities, workers and patients or other violations of medical neutrality where conflicts are taking place;
*make this data publicly available on the WHO website
*regularly update said data
The coalition has asked for agencies who have stake in the protection of global health care infrastructures to sign onto this letter.

It is greatly exciting to report that on January 13, 2012, APHA agreed to become a signatory of this letter! The Advocacy & Policy Committee is encouraged to see a growing receptiveness and response by APHA staff to give the association a voice on the global health platform and we look forward to many more advocacy victories!

Peter F Freeman, MPH
Chair, APHA-IH Advocacy/Policy Committee
pffreeman@gmail.com

Content of the letter signed on by APHA:

Dear Members of the WHO Executive Board:

We write to urge that you support action at the Executive Board to bring WHO’s expertise to the pressing problem of attacks on health care, including health care workers, during situations of conflict. The report released by the International Committee of the Red Cross last August – Health Care in Danger – concluded that, “in terms of number of people affected, violence, both real and threatened, against health-care workers, facilities and beneficiaries is one of the biggest, most complex, and yet most under-recognized humanitarian issues today.” As Director-General Margaret Chan recognized in her address to the World Health Assembly last May, the problem needs the urgent attention of the global health community. WHO is uniquely positioned to address a key need identified by the ICRC and many others, which is sound and reliable data on the magnitude and dynamics of violence against health care and health workers.

WHO’s expertise in developing an evidence base for global health policy, in health systems development and in humanitarian coordination creates an opportunity for leadership at the global level. The WHO can develop and implement methods for systematic collection of data on attacks on health facilities, workers, and transport and patients in conflict areas. This should be done in cooperation with other relevant UN agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

We ask that the Executive Board adopt a resolution for consideration by the World Health Assembly that requests the Director-General to develop and implement a plan for WHO to collect and report data on attacks on health facilities, workers and patients where conflicts are taking place or other violations of medical neutrality. The data should be publicly available and periodically updated on the WHO web site.

The signatories to this letter are familiar with the tragic consequences of violence on health care. There are roles for many entities, including health workers themselves, governments, professional associations, non-governmental organizations and other UN agencies. All must do their part to increase protection. WHO’s role is limited but essential, as it is in the best position to lead the data collection process.

We therefore urge you to support action at the Executive Board to enhance protection of health in situations of conflict.

Save the Children Video: Salif from Mali, Africa – Save the Children Introduces Health Worker


Salif, a local health worker in Mali, helps deliver life-saving care to children who need it the most.

Save the Children Video: Ade from Indonesia – Save the Children Introduces a local health worker


For the past 15 years, Ade has been the person whom mothers turn to when they are pregnant, when they are giving birth and when their children become sick. From house calls to training exercises, Ade cares for the women in her community with hands-on help when they need it most.

Save the Children Video: Felix, a frontline health worker in Guatemala visits Gaspar’s house

I am really getting into these snapshots of village/community health workers that Save the Children has been doing – they provide a unique window into the everyday work and challenges of these amazing individuals, who form the backbone of so much of international health work.

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Please welcome our Weekly News Editor, Dr. Vani Nanda!

Fellow IH Section members and blog readers, please help me welcome our Weekly News Editor, Dr. Vani Nanda. You may have noticed the slightly different format of the weekly news round-ups since she has taken over. Vani has taken over this function and has been working behind the scenes since early December, and now I am happy to formally introduce her as part of the IH Blog team. You can read more about her below.


I am a dentist from India and am currently pursuing Masters in Public Health (Community Health Track) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Apart from having three years of clinical experience in dentistry, I also have one and a half years’ teaching experience in India. I have experience in grant writing and have received grant and award for one of the studies I did in MPH program. I am a full time graduate assistant and an international student representative of MPH Advisory Student Board of West Chester University. During my MPH study, I have received many awards, including Women Grant for academic year 2011-2012.

I have presented many national and international papers related to my research in the field of public health (some of my works highlight health disparities across the nations). I have a keen interest in field of Global Public Health and want to work in future in this field to remove public health disparities across nations.

Global Health Weekly News Round-Up

The weekly news round-up for last week is posted below. Apologies for the delay. The holidays keep us all busy!

CDC’s report on its contributions on women’s health is available as the “Review on Women’s Health for the Year 2011″ (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WomensHealthReview/?s_cid=fb1332).

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These headlines were compiled by Vani Nanda, MPH Candidate at West Chester University PA.