Coming Up: GHN’s First Online Book Club Meeting One of the perks of taking GHN online is the opportunity it creates for more interactive discussion—just right for an online book club. We want to hear from you … so please vote for the first book you’d like…

Because only 40% of children in Pakistan complete their vaccinations, preventable diseases like pneumonia, meningitis, whooping cough and

“Nothing has been easy. Everything has been a fight,” economist Jeffrey Sachs told a packed auditorium yesterday at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His subject: The long fight to improve the health of the world’s poor. Sachs, who led the formation of the Millennium…

Public health has always been both global and local. Today the need to understand this is more urgent than ever. For example, until very recently, Ebola was addressed as local, thus it was ignored too long as a major global health risk.  Everyone now knows that Ebola can…

Nearly every January since 2003, Alfred Sommer has journeyed to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. This year Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sent GHN his highlights on health from Davos.

If you’re lucky enough to have some down time for reading over the holidays, we’ve assembled a list of the most inspiring global health books we’ve encountered this past year. Alternately, if you’re fortunate enough to have someone gracing your life who is not repelled…

How could Open Access (OA) publishing possibly help fight the Ebola epidemic afflicting some of West Africa’s poorest nations? The Answer: In several ways. OA allows authors to disseminate their research for free around the world whilst maintaining the copyright to…

The poet Mark Strand died Saturday at age 80, of liposarcoma. A MacArthur genius, Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate, Strand wrote austere poems that explore the self and sing of alienation. He’s perhaps best known for the poem, “Keeping Things Whole.” In a…

When Katrina’s floodwaters inundated New Orleans in 2005, the odds seemed stacked against the poor. By hosting its annual meeting here, APHA gave the public health community an opportunity to gauge the recovery process, and think about the preparedness of all of our…

If you were there, you felt the electricity. 6 U.S. Surgeons General lit up the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s great hall yesterday afternoon, talking candidly about their successes, failures and the nation’s health needs. Unburdened by political constraints, 5…