The Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Weight gain has been accelerating across the globe due to a myriad of factors including a growing economy, fast food expansion and a shift towards more sedentary living. Worldwide, 39% of adults were overweight and 13% were obese in 2016. Since obesity rates are not disbursed equally throughout the world, some countries (like the U.S.) are noted for carrying more … Read More

Alyssa GovindanThe Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

On the Road to Reducing Traffic Incidents

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

The World Bank Group recently released a report evaluating the economic cost of road traffic injuries (RTIs), especially in developing countries. Out of the 1.25 million deaths that occur on the world’s roads every year, 90% are in LMICs. While road accidents are emotionally traumatic and tragic, they also pose a broader financial burden on countries. Reducing road traffic injuries … Read More

Alyssa GovindanOn the Road to Reducing Traffic Incidents

Egypt’s Leap Towards Universal Health Care

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Egypt recently approved a new universal health coverage law that will expand healthcare to the entire population, including the roughly 30% who could not previously afford it. The new scheme will set fees based on an individual’s income level. Although participation will be required, those in the lowest socio-economic bracket will be covered by the state. Additional funding will be … Read More

Alyssa GovindanEgypt’s Leap Towards Universal Health Care

What’s more extreme than extreme poverty?

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

No, the answer is not base jumping, it’s ultra-poverty. In a world of growing inequality between rich and poor, the global community is prioritizing ending poverty in all its forms everywhere with the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 1). Over the last few decades, much of the progress toward ending extreme poverty stemmed from boosting those closest to the poverty … Read More

Alyssa GovindanWhat’s more extreme than extreme poverty?

Remember when 100 healthy volunteers swallowed live typhoid bacteria?

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Well, the vaccine being tested during that trial, Typbar TCV, the world’s first conjugate typhoid vaccine, has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016 alone, there were an estimated 130,000 deaths from typhoid. As the potential for antimicrobial resistance increases, so too does the incidence of multi-drug resistant typhoid. This vaccine gives hope to those working to … Read More

Alyssa GovindanRemember when 100 healthy volunteers swallowed live typhoid bacteria?

A New Year Brings New Challenges and New Opportunities

Alyssa GovindanNews, Newsletter

Dear Friends and Colleagues, As the New Year gets underway, we are grateful for the immense support and dedication our partners have shown us over the last year. Together, as a global health community, we made significant progress in 2017 – renewing commitments to TB and intensifying efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance. 2017 also brought changes in global leadership at … Read More

Alyssa GovindanA New Year Brings New Challenges and New Opportunities

#GBCtalksCSR Interview Series – IBM

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David Raper IBM’s Lead, Corporate Citizenship Asia Pacific and Greater China Group In this high-level interview series, we speak to a handful of corporate leaders to probe how they plan and execute CSR programs and how they are utilizing their core business skills and resources to impact individuals and communities. 1. How do you think IBM’s CSR policies reflect the … Read More

Alyssa Govindan#GBCtalksCSR Interview Series – IBM

Haifa hospital: A case for a multisector approach to UHC everywhere

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

While UHC Day (December 21, 2017) brought attention to the need for access to affordable, quality care for people everywhere, a recent Devex article looks at how Universal Health Care (UHC) has been applied to one Beirut hospital serving mostly Palestinian and Syrian refugees. The Haifa Hospital is run by Palestine Red Crescent Society and is fairly modest with 40 … Read More

Alyssa GovindanHaifa hospital: A case for a multisector approach to UHC everywhere

Diphtheria making a comeback in conflict areas

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Diphtheria is an infectious, bacterial disease which affects the throat and upper airways. in the past, the disease has disproportionally affected children but mortality rates dropped severely following the widespread introduction of a vaccine in the 1930s. The disease is airborne, spreading easily through a cough or sneeze. A recent article by NPR’s Goats & Soda discusses the rise of … Read More

Alyssa GovindanDiphtheria making a comeback in conflict areas

#GBCtalksCSR Interview Series- NRS International

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Rune Bosselmann Director of TANA Netting In this high-level interview series, we speak to a handful of corporate leaders to probe how they plan and execute CSR programs and how they are utilizing their core business skills and resources to impact individuals and communities. 1. How do you think your CSR policies reflect the principles and values of your brand? … Read More

Alyssa Govindan#GBCtalksCSR Interview Series- NRS International