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The Basics: Causes of Death

Everyone dies. And on more than a few occasions, I have heard the comments that all, in their own way, suggest that reducing mortality from specific disease causes is merely an exercise in pushing mortality from one disease cause to another; largely based on funding and location.

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Tomorrow on the blog: Causes of Death

“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” – Arabic Proverb Find the article here. 🙂

Reflection: On Sitting, Standing and Sedentary behavior

(a.k.a. Thoughts on my personal apathy and our collective ‘laziness’) This is a reflective piece. And as such, it will be more personal than most of my writing. But true to form, it’s based on some pretty solid (albeit somewhat terrifying) science. You have been warned. I’ll be honest. I’ve read the studies. There is ...

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The Basics: The Paradox of the Dual Burden – NCDs and CDs

Here’s a fictional allegory: Thelma lives in a rural area in Tanzania. At age 5, she contracted malaria. Due to broadened availability of health services, Thelma received an artemisinin based treatment and, unlike many before her, she survived. In fact, she lived a long, healthy life. Long enough to reach the age of 55; at ...

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Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Days 2016

Today I attended the second day of the annual Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders Scientific Day. I have been thoroughly impressed not only by the entire program this year but also with the dedication to broadening access to healthcare, improving diagnostic systems and achieving the objective of the democratisation of health through the ...

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The Basics: HIV, AIDS and related co-infections

What are HIV and AIDS? An introduction to HIV, AIDS and HIV associated co-infections.

The End of An Era: 2015 Millennium Development goals round-up

The World at 2000   In September 2000, leaders from each of the 189 UN member states assembled to decide the United Nations’ Mission for the next 15 years. The “Millennium Summit”, unlike any meeting before it, was to set the stage for global development in the form of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The ...

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