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We Need to Break Out of the Bubble – My Response to the HCC Report “How do Canadian Primary Care Physicians Rate the Health System?”

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This article appears on the Health Council of Canada‘s blog Canada Values Health and can be viewed, along with several other commentaries on this report (here and here), on their site. Because of our need to strengthen capacity within the primary care system, it is of extreme importance that we pay attention to the perspectives […]

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World Pneumonia Day 2012

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Today is World Pneumonia Day. While #WPD2012 should lead us to be optimistic about the capabilities we have to prevent and treat pneumonia around the world, it also provides a solemn reminder that despite being preventable and treatable, pneumonia continues to be the leading cause of death in children. Looking back at the past year, […]

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Eliminating the Harms of Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines in Anesthesia

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Poor-quality medicines are found all over the world, and can be of poor quality for a variety of reasons: they might be made with poor-quality chemicals, they may contain toxic substances instead of the proper active ingredients, they may contain inactive or ineffective preparations, or they might be deliberately mislabeled. The World Health Organization calls […]

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Health Systems in Humanitarian Emergencies – Monday October 22 at the Canadian Conference on Global Health

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My colleagues from the Canadian Red Cross and the Pan-American Health Organization and I will be presenting a workshop today at 13:30 at the Canadian Conference on Global Health in Ottawa. The title of our workshop is Health Systems in Humanitarian Crises: Transitioning from Emergency Response to Health Systems Strengthening, and we’re going to be […]

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Some Thoughts on Using Randomized Controlled Trials in International Development

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I recently came across a post on the Council for Foreign Relations’ Development Channel that asked: Are Randomized Controlled Trials a Good Way to Evaluate Development Projects? This is an incredibly important question because, as the authors note, “International donors have spent well over $2 trillion in development assistance over the past five decades, but […]

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