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Mapping Health Facilities in Crises – Reflections and Directions

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I am wrapping up my thesis research (finally!), which focuses on the mapping of health facilities in crisis settings. Over the past 3 years, I have spent countless hours looking at datasets, GPS coordinates, and long lists of indicators of the functionality of health facilities. I have been looking to see what effective tools are […]

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Childhood Pneumonia – What’s the Problem?

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An article caught my eye in last week’s Lancet. Soofi and colleagues conducted a cluster-randomised controlled trial of community case management of severe pneumonia in children aged 2-59 months in a rural district of Pakistan to try and understand how community health workers might be able to recognize and diagnose pneumonia in this population. Basically, […]

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic – Cholera Vaccines

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It has been just over one year since cholera emerged in Haiti, the first time in perhaps 100 years. Since then, it has wreaked havoc within the country, whose water and sanitation infrastructure was already poor before the earthquake, while the displacement of upwards of a million people after the earthquake undoubtedly contributed to its […]

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Sex and Age Disaggregated Data

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In August of this year, Tufts University (in collaboration with OCHA and CARE International) released a report called Sex & Age Matter: Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies. The central message of this report is an important one – good data are integral for making decisions and prioritizing interventions; but when the data aren’t specific enough […]

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