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Angelina Jolie Proves Medical Care Saves Lives -- If You Can Get It

Every year, more than a quarter of a million women die during childbirth and almost 7 million children under five die as well.  Why?  Because, even though we have the medical solutions that people around the world need, we just can’t get it to them.

The Next Step in Fighting Disease in the Developing World

One of the world's largest foreign aid organizations just announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts next year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the consequences could be lethal.

A cost-effective way to fight cancer in Africa and South America Build on Bush's anti-AIDS efforts

One of the world's largest foreign aid organizations just announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts next year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the consequences could be lethal.

Entry: Blog

Saving Millions of Lives from AIDS: Honoring PEPFAR on a Day to Remember

“Seldom has history offered a greater opportunity to do so much for so many.” President George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003

ICYMI: Dr. Eric Bing Writes Access to Medical Care is Key to Saving Lives

Eric G. Bing and Marc J. Epstei write in Forbes today that Angelina Jolie’s recent decision to have a preventative double mastectomy should serve as a reminder that we must look to help women in developing countries who lack access to basic medical care.

Bringing Affordable Health Care to the Global Poor

The world is at a crossroads in health care. Though there have been great advances in global health in the past two decades, millions of people continue to needlessly die due to lack of basic care – just as the 7 million children each year who fail to make it to their fifth birthday.

Saving Lives And Changing The Course Of History

Just a decade ago, Angola was at a crossroads.  Much of the country’s infrastructure had been destroyed and a half a million people killed in a bloody civil war that had lasted nearly 30 years.  Rates of preventable illness were extremely high and life expectancy had dropped to only 40 years.  Though the civil war had ended a year earlier, another dark cloud loomed on the horizon – AIDS.  One unanticipated effect of the civil war was that by severly limiting mobility throughout the country, it helped keep HIV infection rates at around 2%; dramatically lower than other countries in sub-Saharan Africa where infection rates of up to 40% of the adult population was being reported. 

Scaling Up Cervical Cancer Prevention

To save women from dying of cervical cancer, we must dramatically scale up efforts in cervical cancer prevention.  This will require the full engagement of all sectors, both public and private. We recently met with Dr. Groesbeck Parham, Co-Director of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), and discussed some of opportunities for the private sector in combatting cervical cancer in Zambia and beyond. “Private companies can easily help in the fight against cervical cancer simply by offering cervical cancer screening to their employees and as well to women in the surrounding communities.   Keeping a workforce healthy is not only is good for health, it’s good for business”, said Dr. Parham. The role of the private sector is so important that Zambian First Lady, Dr.

Skilled Community Workers in Africa Save Mothers and Babies

Sidi Kitzao lay in pain, exhausted, on the floor of her home in a rural area near Malindi, a coastal village in Kenya. She had been in labor for more than 20 hours.  She wondered why this birth was so much more difficult than her previous one.  Maybe it was because her husband had been by her side back then.  But after a roadside accident made her a widow at 24, with a set of twins at home and a baby on the way, all of life seemed different. After his death, she received aid from the Caris Family Foundation, an international NGO focused on helping single mothers develop health and business skills.  Entrepreneurial by nature and now even more motivated, she began mastering the skills and dreaming of opening a small daycare center, after the baby was born. But for now, her only desire was to end the pain. This baby seemed way too big.  So much bigger, she thought, than her twins – combined.  Maybe she shouldn’t have listened to the Caris community workers and gone in for prenatal care.  Maybe the supplements they’d given her and healthier food she was eating had made the baby too big for her small body to handle.

Young Scholar Honored for Role in Saving Women from Cervical Cancer

Dr. Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe is well known for his pioneering work on cervical cancer among HIV positive women. I caught up with him at the recent International AIDS Meeting in Washington DC. In our interview, he discusses his groundbreaking research the he conducted with a $25,000 grant as a graduate student.