Although the attention of the world and the global health community specifically is deservedly focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, other determinants of health continue to have large impacts and may also interact with COVID-19. Air pollution is one crucial example.
January 28, 2021
December 10, 2020
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Life is like a parachute jump; you’ve got to get it right the first time.” With a spate of Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon, we must prepare to jump.
October 23, 2020
Since March, federal agencies have been collecting a trove of information. But they refuse to release most of it.
October 14, 2020
GBD 2019 incorporates data from 281 586 sources and provides more than 3·5 billion estimates of health outcome and health system measures of interest for global, national, and subnational policy dialogue. From this vast amount of information, five key insights that are important for health, social, and economic development strategies have been distilled.
April 1, 2020
January 21, 2020
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) introduces Think Global Health, a multi-contributor website that examines how changes in health are reshaping economies, societies, and the everyday lives of people around the world.
November 21, 2019
Regular monitoring of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals is important for fostering a shared notion of accountability for results, identifying important gaps in resources and rates of progress, and taking into account emerging challenges that can influence the trajectory of progress.
October 10, 2019
Hans Rosling — a Swedish doctor, statistician, author and professor — will be a name associated with the University of Washington’s transformative work in population health. Today, the UW Board of Regents approved naming the $230 million building under construction on UW’s Seattle campus the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health.
September 16, 2019
The decline in child mortality over the past two decades has been described as the greatest story in global public health. Indeed, using modern tools and interventions, there has been remarkable progress, reducing deaths in children <5 y of age by nearly half from 2000 to 2017.
July 25, 2019
Large-scale analysis of 49 countries in Africa shows improvements in the prevalence of babies under 6 months of age being fed only breast milk, but there are large disparities in progress across and within countries.
April 25, 2019
In 2015, member states of the United Nations adopted the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which included 17 global goals that targeted economic and social development. Goal 3, “to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” targets specifically marked progress in universal health coverage; improved access to safe, effective, and affordable medicines; and the end of the HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis epidemics by 2030. Although these goals can spur innovation, social and political commitment, and a drive to achieve greater health gains for less money, financial support is necessary to achieve them.
November 3, 2018
The Lancet details the Roux Prize award winner for 2018, Dr. Cynthia Maung. Dr. Maung and her staff at the Mae Tao Clinic on the border of Thailand and Myanmar have collected data over the years to identify what is driving people's illnesses, disabilities, and injuries and how to improve delivery of care.
August 20, 2018
March 6, 2018
Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation published two studies revealing health and education disparities on the African continent. What is significant about these studies is not only the results, but also the process that was used to arrive at them, known as “precision mapping.” With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IHME is mapping a range of global health metrics using 5x5 kilometer units.
February 28, 2018
Progress in the fight against hunger is patchy. New tools must target action to those who are most vulnerable, says Kofi Annan.
October 13, 2017
This year's Roux Prize was awarded to Samba Sow for using health data to save children's lives through a comprehensive vaccination programme. Andrew Green with The Lancet reports.
October 12, 2017
Trevor Mundel, President of Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses his experience at the Global Burden of Disease 20th Anniversary Symposium.
September 29, 2017
The Lancet Infectious Diseases profiles IHME Director of Geospatial Science Dr. Simon Hays.
September 12, 2017
Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data is the foundation’s first annual progress report on the SDGs and was produced in partnership with IHME. The Gates’ Goalkeepers report
September 5, 2017
There is approximately an 18-year difference in male life expectancy between Japan (80·5 years) and Sudan (62·4 years).1 The study by Laura Dwyer-Lindgren and colleagues2 in this issue of The Lancet Public Health shows that there is also an approximately 18-year difference in male life expectancy between the census tracts with the highest and the lowest life expectancy in King County, WA, USA.
“Public health is local, and similarly local information is required to increase awareness among residents and policy makers alike of the unique challenges facing communities”, conclude Laura Dwyer-Lindgren and colleagues in an Article published in this issue of The Lancet Public Health.
Today, on the heels of a Lancet study that found an 18 year difference in life expectancy for men, and 14 year difference for women, Public Health Insider caught up with our Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin, to talk about neighborhood-level data and how it informs our work.
August 23, 2017
Rheumatic heart disease ranks as one of the most serious cardiovascular scourges of the past century. As a result of improvements in living conditions and the introduction of penicillin, the disease was almost eradicated in the developed world by the 1980s. However, it remains a force to be reckoned with in the developing world, as demonstrated by an assessment from the 2015 Global Burden of Disease study (GBD 2015), painstakingly performed by Watkins and colleagues and reported in this issue of the Journal.
August 4, 2017
Without understanding the challenges facing populations in this region, one cannot identify the way forward in improving their health and fulfilling their aspirations.
The rate of mental disorder burden is higher than the global average for almost all EMR countries. There is a clear trend of increasing burden of mental disorders in the EMR from 1990 to 2015, and this increase is particularly striking in the richer countries of the region.