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Blog posts in the category - Health

Despite the fact that men's behaviour increases the HIV transmission risks of both men and women, programmes and policy continue to focus on the behaviour and actions of women. This blog explores the flaws in this approach, and argues that HIV prevention efforts must now examine men and masculinities. 

"Point of contact"

How was I going to be able to resolve the facts I knew about infant mortality (Angola has one of the highest rates of children dying before they reach their 5th birthday) and maternal death (also high in Angola) with the type of “first-world” health care I was seeing? My stethoscope was not going to help me communicate this. I reached for my camera.

The example of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is an interesting case to start unravelling the link between migration, trafficking and natural disasters. The country is one of the most disaster-prone in the world, experiencing an average of 20 typhoons a year – most recently, Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name Nina) which hit the country on Christmas Day 2016.

The proportion of sex workers in Italy that are migrants is growing and estimates suggest they make up to 90% of the sex worker population in Italy. Most are female and the majority come from Nigeria, where the women trafficked are getting younger and younger.

No silver bullets for education policy

Dr Elaine Unterhalter, Professor of Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education, responds to the recent report questioning findings on the educational benefits of deworming children

‘Beyond Aid’ investments in private sector healthcare: a troubling trend

As the Financing for Development conference meets in Addis Ababa this week, there are serious questions that need to be asked about development finance strategies of investment in private hospital chains in developing countries, say Benjamin Hunter and Susan F Murray from the International Development Institute, King’s College London, UK

Investigating the issues affecting the health of both pastoralists and their livestock requires a broad consideration of the local socio-political and ecological context, their understanding of zoonotic diseases and associated risks and the accuracy of their indigenous diagnostic knowledge and terminology. 

World AIDS Day 2014: Splitting the (HIV) Bill

When it comes to dining out, most of us are familiar with the practice of ‘going Dutch’. Everyone partakes in the food, and everyone foots part of the bill.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are now proposing that such an approach could be used to pay for HIV prevention interventions.

Will Fat Taxes Make Us Thin?

2.1 billion of us are obese and overweight, according to new figures.

Not only are the waistlines expanding in the usual suspects – wealthy countries such as the UK and USA – but also in countries we typically think of as having problems with under-nutrition; India, China, Brazil, Pakistan and Indonesia are among the top 10 countries that are home to obese individuals.

Global Learning for Global Health Professionals

We live in a globalised world. This is true for all of us, from the suburbs of London to the slums of Nairobi, whatever our profession, and whether or not we travel overseas or stay in one location.

Educational institutions have a particular responsibility for training the next generation of professionals who are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that this globalised world brings.

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