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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. […]

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Health care delivery constraints: Internet access

May 16, 2010

What have we learned from two years, 100 students, and 25 G-Lab GHD projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Malawi? That we are lucky to partner with amazing leaders and organizations to learn first-hand about the needs and opportunities for delivering health care in resource-limited settings.  That in some […]

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healthcare innovation in the developing world

April 13, 2010

Here’s how Lord Nigel Crisp put it in a January 2010 Times opinion piece: In temporary clinics in the slums of Asia and rundown hospitals in Africa I met remarkable people who were finding new solutions and working out how to use the materials at hand to provide for patients……Unconstrained by our history, they train […]

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Zanmi Zanmi Lasante

February 11, 2010

Clearly, I speak no Kreyòl, but the idea I was aiming for with this heading that plays on the “Friends in Health” translation of Zanmi Lasante: we’ve been thinking of our friends at Partners In Health in Haiti. Exactly a year ago, Dr Louise Ivers joined some 50 MIT students and several faculty for a […]

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timely information

January 13, 2010

Our colleagues at the Global Health Delivery Project aim to systematize the study of health care delivery, to disseminate new learning to practitioners, and to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings.  G-Lab GHD was designed to respond this call by building new modes of collaboration to address the practical challenges of health care delivery, drawing […]

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How much leeway do recipients of aid or funding have in deciding priorities?

December 7, 2009

For countries that depend on aid for healthcare, the issues surrounding how the money is spent–and programs what it goes to–are complex and challenging. Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the intersection of US interests in addressing specific health problems with recipient nations’ own desired areas of focus. In the case of […]

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Marketing to the poor

November 23, 2009

OK, so the title is enough to make you shiver: it smacks of making money off the poor and at least hints at exploitation.  That’s not what we want. Yet what we have learned, from our admittedly small sample of projects in sub-Saharan Africa, that many clinics, programs, and hospitals operating in conditions of excess […]

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