Global Health News and Events

Second-Hand Smoke Still a Major Killer

This year, tobacco use will kill nearly six million people. Of that number, 600,000 will die because of exposure to second- hand tobacco smoke. If current trends continue, the annual death toll could rise to eight million by 2030, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), with more than 80 percent of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries "We have the means to prevent this needless tragedy. Political will is the key," Timothy O'Leary, WHO communications officer, told IPS.
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National HIV Prevention Conference

Date: August 14-17, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA

The theme of the 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference is: "The Urgency of Now: Reduce incidence. Improve access. Promote equity." This theme was chosen to reinforce and reflect the urgent need to quickly and efficiently scale-up proven interventions and improve the coordination of our nation's response at the national, state, and local levels in order to achieve the maximum impact on HIV incidence, the health of people living with HIV, and HIV-related health

MUSC College of Nursing dean launches mental health curriculum in Africa

Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing, returned from Africa where she developed and launched a mental health curriculum for health care officials in Monrovia, Liberia. Stuart was recently tapped by the Carter Center to lead a mental health workshop that will aid in the efforts to develop a mental health component of training for mid-level providers for Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

The trip was a project of the Carter Center’s Liberia Mental Health Initiative that will help improve access to mental

Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Several put the bricks together, one puts them into the brick press machine and another pulls them out, every

Ghana Project - A Better Future

A small creek is the only source of water. Huts of grass, mud and concrete are constructed haphazardly wherever a place allows. There’s no architecture here, no plumbing, no indoor bathrooms. Every day is about survival.

But on a day in January, the villagers of Okurase, Ghana, West Africa, are celebrating. Eighteen villagers have completed a six-month brick-making training class and are graduating. As part of the ceremony, they show everyone how they make bricks.

Several put the bricks together, one puts them into the brick press machine and another pulls them out, every

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

Project Okurase — Nkabom Centre

Project Okurase is a partnership among people in South Carolina; Okurase, Ghana; England;

Bricks of Promise

It wasn't just a brick. It was a literal and figurative building block — a brick that promised sustainability, friendship and a better future for a small village in Ghana. It's a piece of building material that has unified people on both sides of an ocean, a brick that portends commerce, culture, health and home. A brick that heralds vocation, growth and change to a village named Okurase. But the first brick Moore held was the remnant of disappointment.

Project Okurase — Nkabom Centre
Project Okurase is a partnership among people in South Carolina; Okurase,

Full circle: Sweetgrass basket idea leads to African neck brace
First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,

Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

First Impression of Mwanza, Tanzania from Drs. Matt McEvoy and Rob Bartlett

Carlee and Dr. Reeves,
Thanks for the hints. There are two Cornell residents and one Dartmouth med student currently at Bugando. They seem to be great and are going to make this a fun experience. On Friday we went to a lecture on the relationship between STi's and HIV that was given by a visiting professor of epidemiology from London School of Hygiene. It was a very informative evidence based lecture at a local research and epidemiology institute just outside of town. On Friday I got to the hospital around noon and just scratched the surface on meeting the anesthesia group, so

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