A Shift Towards NCDs?

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Global Health Council’s 38th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on global demographic changes, which naturally result in a shift in the burden of disease as populations grow older. The key acronym of the week was “NCD,” or non-communicable diseases. As someone who has [...]



MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases

The 6th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) aims to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015, achieve universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS by 2010, and reverse the incidence of malaria and other infectious diseases by 2015. New infections of HIV and deaths due to AIDS appear to have peaked in 1996 and 2008, respectively. However, [...]



MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

The 4th Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is to reduce by two-thirds the under-five mortality rate. Progress towards reducing child mortality has improved substantially over the last 20 years. In September 2009, a New York Times article reported that the number of children dying before their fifth birthday had dropped below nine million per year for [...]



MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

The second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) seeks to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. However, according to the 2010 MDG Report, it is unlikely that the Goal will be achieved globally by 2015. In order to achieve universal primary education, [...]



Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

The United Nation’s Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to a close about two weeks ago. With only five years remaining to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals, world leaders committed to a new global action plan based on lessons learned over the past ten years. One of the biggest commitments during the three-day [...]



Video Update from Delhi, India

Our First Day in the Field After three days of preparing for the final evaluation, we spent our first day in the field conducting interviews.



Chotton ki asha (“Hope for the little ones”)

I arrived in India late Tuesday night to lead the final evaluation of HOPE foundation’s child survival program in northeast Delhi funded by USAID. The name of the program is Chotton ki asha, which means “Hope for the little ones” in Hindi. HOPE foundation is an independent affiliate of HOPE worldwide, a U.S.-based Private Voluntary [...]



Final thoughts on my experience in Bangladesh

Home Sweet Home, Ann Arbor, Michigan Although we are not trekking through villages any longer, the work does not stop. The team of interviewers in Bangladesh is going to be working hard over the next couple of months to transcribe and translate all 48 interviews that we conducted. Once I am able to start analyzing [...]



A Success Story

Mid-flight reflections back to village of Konapara, Dugrapur, Bangladesh Last week we met with a Hindu woman from the village of Konapara who had an institutional delivery. It was interesting to listen to her story and note the steps that she and her family took to ensure a safe delivery. Her decision to give birth [...]



Final Video Update from Bangladesh

Dhaka, Bangladesh The first Hartal in 3 and a half years…