Kuala Lumpur develops a positive WMD: Women in Malaysia Deliver

The third Women Deliver conference is a gigantic convening that scoops together young people, clinicians, heads of state, donors, and women’s rights activists from all across the world with its giant conference-y arms. The meeting opens Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur and runs for three days. It is organized by a group of the same name, a global maternal health advocacy organization based in New York.

Media eagerly covers bird flu outbreak in China

I don’t mean to make light of the possibility that a handful of human deaths in China apparently caused by a new strain of bird flu could produce a global flu pandemic. But there is a tendency in the media — of which I am a part, and also often guilty — along with some in the public health community to get a bit too excited about these bird flu outbreaks.

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.

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.

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