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16 Sep 2017 description
report Harvard University

Afghanistan is one of three nations in the world (along with Pakistan and Nigeria) where the polio virus continues to be endemic, in part due to inadequate vaccination rates.

05 Aug 2017 description
report Harvard University

Half of the population of Syria is either outside the country or is displaced. Weatherhead Center Faculty Associate Jennifer Leaning is co-directing a new Lancet Commission to investigate the public health consequences of this epic war.

18 May 2017 description
report Harvard University, PAX
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Summary and Recommendations

Damaged hospitals, impeded ambulance services, medical personnel and patients in danger, broken electricity, water, gas and telephone service: explosive weapons used in the east of Ukraine have had a major impact on the health care sector, both directly and indirectly. These impacts are detailed in the report 'Operating under Fire' published today by Dutch NGO PAX and the Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC).

21 Feb 2017 description
report Harvard University

This policy brief outlines best practice for disaster psychology and the implementation of trauma-informed services in Hong Kong. Psychological services are an integral component of the public health response in complex emergencies.

24 Jan 2017 description
report Harvard University

The perfectly designed app from Silicon Valley or a mobile health technology developed at a “hackathon” is unlikely to prevent or slow the next pandemic, according to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health infectious disease epidemiologist Caroline Buckee.

02 Nov 2016 description
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Full Declaration

Given the current humanitarian crisis in Syria where patients, healthcare workers, and hospitals are under attack, we the undersigned, without presumption of authority or judgment, stand in solidarity with our healthcare colleagues and declare their right to international health neutrality. For many decades, we have provided global healthcare professionals with education and training in humanitarian assistance in sudden onset disasters and conflicts worldwide.

25 Oct 2016 description
report Harvard University

For immediate release: October 24, 2016

24 Nov 2015 description

Panel convened by Harvard Global Health Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine issues hard-hitting analysis of the global response to Ebola

08 May 2015 description
report Harvard University

Boston, MA – Researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Broad Institute have identified a protein on the surface of human red blood cells that serves as an essential entry point for invasion by the malaria parasite. The presence of this protein, called CD55, was found to be critical to the Plasmodium falciparum parasite’s ability to attach itself to the red blood cell surface during invasion. This discovery opens up a promising new avenue for the development of therapies to treat and prevent malaria.

06 Jun 2014 description
report Harvard University

Finding could lead to new strategies for malaria control

For immediate release: June 6, 2014

Boston, MA – Researchers have found the first evidence of an intercellular bacterial infection in natural populations of two species of Anopheles mosquitoes, the major vectors of malaria in Africa. The infection, called Wolbachia, has been shown in labs to reduce the incidence of pathogen infections in mosquitoes and has the potential to be used in controlling malaria-transmitting mosquito populations.

13 Jan 2014 description
report Harvard University

NEW STUDY ADDRESSES PLIGHT OF SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN IN LEBANON, AS ONSET OF WINTER HEIGHTENS HUMANITARIAN CONCERNS

Winter Conditions Pose Acute Risks to the Nearly One Million Syrians – More Than Half of Them Children – Who Have Sought Refuge in Lebanon Since March 2011

18 Dec 2013 description

There is an urgent need for a stronger scientific evidence base to inform health interventions in humanitarian crises. To address this problem, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the quality and depth of the available evidence, identify gaps and weaknesses and make recommendations for future work.

22 Nov 2013 description

The need for a stronger scientific evidence base for responses to humanitarian crises has been identified by various public health actors. To this end, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Wellcome Trust commissioned a project to review the evidence base of public health interventions in humanitarian crises. The overall aim of the project is to provide a rigorous assessment of the current quality and depth of the evidence-base that informs humanitarian public health programming globally.

25 Sep 2013 description

Nepali War Victims Need Long-Term, Expanded Assistance

Government Programs to End Civilian Suffering Fall Short

Seven years after the end of Nepal's armed conflict, civilian victims are still struggling in the absence of effective help from the government, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), in partnership with the advocacy group Center for Civilians in Conflict. A government relief program, set to end in 2014, has failed to deliver sufficient services and support.

26 Jun 2012 description
report Harvard University

Community Suffering Unceasing in LRA-affected areas; International Response Remains Insufficient

New Study Reveals Exhaustive Impacts of Violence

12 Jun 2012 description
report Harvard University

Background: Humanitarian crises are associated with an increase in mental disorders and psychological distress. Despite the emerging consensus on intervention strategies in humanitarian settings, the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in humanitarian settings lacks a consensus-based research agenda.

17 May 2012 description
report Harvard University

Safe Childbirth Checklist Program Aims to Prevent Maternal and Newborn Deaths in Low-Income Countries

Boston, MA - A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) found that a simple checklist-based childbirth safety program dramatically improved adherence to essential childbirth care practices at a pilot hospital in south India. Of 29 practices measured, 28 were improved after adoption of the checklist and overall adherence to essential practices was 150% better after the checklist was introduced.

09 Sep 2011 description
report Harvard University

Boston, MA -- A new three-year, $12 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) effort to significantly improve maternal health in developing countries. The project will be led by Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and coordinator of the Dean’s Special Initiative on Women and Health at HSPH.