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Anjali Sastry

Health for the seven billionth child

October 31, 2011

So, on Halloween 2011, the seven billionth person in the world was born–China or India the most likely birthplace. In a New York Times column this summer, Thomas Friedman laid out his thoughts on the cost us all of living with so many billions of other people: “The Earth is Full”. It makes sobering reading. more »

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ghdLAB addresses demand generation in Kibera, Nairobi

April 30, 2011

For one of 2011’s 11 projects, we worked in the large slum of Kibera in Nairobi with Carolina for Kibera‘s Tabitha Clinic. Here’s how a news story described it: Four MIT graduate students toured the slum’s back alleys, past the one-room tin shacks, and jumped over slimy streams of sewage to find an answer about more »

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Notes from the classroom: A student team reflects on what they learned from working with a hospice in Kipkaren, Kenya

April 30, 2011

Dateline: April 22, 2011 Location: Cambridge, MA Via ghdLAB, a team of four MIT graduate students (all MBA candidates; one also a Masters of Science in Engineering candidate) worked with a faith-based organization, Living Room International, in rural western Kenya this Spring. As our class comes to a close, each team put together a thank-you more »

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Notes from the field: A first-hand account of rural healthcare in India

April 23, 2011

Dateline: March 16, 2011 Location: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh By: A team of MIT graduate students in ghdLAB The MIT CRHM team arrived in safely Hyderabad on Sunday March 12, 2011 at 4AM and were swiftly greeted and whisked away to our hotel and spent the day recovering from jet-lag and the end of the semester. more »

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Notes from the field: Resource constraints and constraints on resources, as seen by a team of students in Uganda

April 16, 2011

Dateline: March 16 and 17, 2011 Location: Kyetume, Mukono District, Uganda A resource-constrained environment March 16, from the student team We visited Katosi Health Clinic, one of the two clinics run by our host organization. We were warned that the catchment area for Katosi is extremely poor. The majority of the population in the area more »

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Notes from the field: Life in South Africa, through the eyes of a team working with loveLife

April 8, 2011

Dateline: March 23, 2011 Location: Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa An MIT student team shares some thoughts on inequality in living standards in South Africa. BY Tye Duncan, Rebbie Hughes, Todd Waldron, and Nicole Zenel One of the things we have found most striking in our travels in South Africa is the wide range in more »

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Pathways and chains: Strategy and process mapping for healthcare delivery

February 23, 2011

Value chain analysis is often applied to businesses, and takes the line of business or business unit as its focus–not the firm as a whole. If you map the sets of activities entailed in delivering a product or service, you can use the analysis to understand how each activity contributes to the value delivered by more »

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What is global health? Where does delivery come in?

February 2, 2011

Global health takes on health problems that cross national boundaries, traditionally focusing on those that impose the greatest burden in resource-limited settings. To address the challenges, the field now encompasses a broad range of disciplines. Proponents have argued that it should account for “cultural identities, political organizations, transnational corporations, civil society movements and academic institutions” more »

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