Partners in Health

Global Health
0 North Korea facing hidden Tuberculosis crisis

Dr. KJ Seung in North Korea.The Eugene Bell Foundation Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a global problem, but one that is particularly worrisome in Asia. An estimated 60% of the 500,00 MDR-TB cases in 2011 occurred in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa. The problem is made worse by the…

Global Health
0 Rwanda’s revolutionary prescription for health

Rwanda is widely celebrated for having demonstrated that major improvements in health can be achieved in a poor country, at relatively low cost per capita, by good strategy, innovation and focusing on the best bang for the buck. Rwanda says its due to brilliant planning and expanding doctor density. Jeffrey Sachs says its due to massive use of low-skilled community health workers – an approach that everyone should adopt.

World Politics
1 Rwanda: The humanitarian’s dilemma

Rwanda is a beautiful example of how even the most devastated country can, with enough support and the right kind of planning, make a stunning recovery and get itself on the path of progress. On many indicators of health and welfare, as well as economic growth, Rwanda is at the top of the list in Africa and, in some cases, globally. I’ve seen the evidence for this in person, having visited and reported on Rwanda more than a year ago. It is an impressive ‘success story.’ But a bizarre juxtaposition of events that took place this week illustrates, for some anyway, the dilemma that Rwanda poses for the humanitarian community.

Human Rights
0 Global Health is More than Health

Here’s a good description, in an interview with one of the program leaders of Partners in Health’s Haiti program, about why improving “global health” must include social, economic and human rights issues: Good Health Means Justice and Rights: Huff Po interview with Loune Viaud.