Available, accessible and affordable vaccines are vital for reducing the prevalent causes of pneumonia, a preventable disease that is the No. 1 killer worldwide of kids under 5, reported Keith Klugman who leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts against…

Zaher Sahloul, a Chicago-based critical care physician who presides over the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), didn’t rely on words or statistics to convince a rapt audience at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that his homeland is in the grips of…

An internationally renowned scholar in the fields of law and public health, Lawrence O. Gostin recently published Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014). It has been called the defining work of an emerging field. In carving out an agenda for reform that is…

By Edmond Fernandes, MBBS and R.P. Pai, MD In recent years, the concept of social accountability in medical schools has gotten off the ground in India. After Charles Boelen and Jeffrey E. Heck articulated in 1995 that medical schools have a responsibility to…

By Kattey Kattey, MBBS, MPH ’11 Port-Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub and third busiest city, saw its first confirmed case of Ebola 2 weeks ago. Now, there are 3 confirmed cases, 2 deaths including the index case—a physician—and over 200 people under…

By Mariam Bhacker Last month, Tim France and Jeffery Lazarus of Inis Communication and Health Systems Global, respectively, released a modified version of the WHO Health Systems Framework, integrating communication and patient engagement with the existing building…

When we marry and become part of another family, there’s always one person in the new family who connects with you on a special level. When I married Joanne, my brother-in-law Alexander Diatsintos became that person. Yesterday we buried Alex, who passed away on Sunday,…

After watching patients in India die for lack of access to simple surgical procedures, Indian physician Sristi Sharma set out to improve access to surgery around the globe. We’re grateful to her for sharing her thoughts about this topic, and she in turn acknowledges Adam…

An inspiring teacher of mine, the late Carl Taylor from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health used to test us with a story. A major vaccine program is planned in a remote mountainous village that takes 4 days to get to. Families from far-off villages assemble…

Few would argue that prevention is an obviously good thing almost all the time. “Why, then, don’t we do it more regularly, more consistently, more widely, more effectively? What’s stopping us?” asked Harvey V. Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine, during a…