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Nilce Mendoza

Why Do We Need a Presentation on Chagas Disease in Quechua?


Chagas disease is an illness that primarily affects the heart and the digestive system. It is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and is mostly transmitted to humans by an insect vector called Triatoma infestans , known locally in Bolivia as the vinchuca . Also known as the...

Martine Vrijheid

The HELIX Exposome project, building a healthy picture

Environmental Health

The ‘ exposome ’ concept was coined in 2005 by Chris Wild as the “totality of human environmental exposures from conception onwards, complementing the genome.” Major environmental hazards may lead to serious, chronic conditions with large societal and economic costs. The recognition that these...

Sudeep Chand

Help! Where Has All the Money Gone for Health Care?

Policy & Global Development,Health Equity

The OECD recently showed that one-third of rich countries cut back health spending since the financial crisis. If they can't afford it, what hope is there for others to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage? Can equity survive in an era of cuts? In the paper  The Challenge of...

Vanessa López

Global Fund Replenishment Drive: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Malaria,Policy & Global Development,Tuberculosis

In these challenging times, good news is the last thing we expect, especially when the news has to do with the economic resources available for development cooperation. However, on December 3 the  Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria  closed its inaugural pledging...

Sheetal Sharma

How I Got My Mother-in-law to Care About My Health: Measuring Impact of Women’s Groups on Maternal Health in Nepal

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health

The Safe Motherhood Initiative is 20 years old and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are reaching their ‘due-date’ (2015)! Too often women in developing countries do not have ‘rights’ over their own body: ‘When to get pregnant, how often and when to access health services’. To this...

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Sin cooperación, un país a la deriva

Policy & Global Development

¿Debemos destinar recursos públicos a cooperación internacional cuando no hay para dotar la ley de dependencia? Desde que empezó la crisis, dilemas como éste son recurrentes. Si aquí no tenemos cubiertas las necesidades de parte de la población, desde los medicamentos a las becas comedor,...

Cristina Ribas

Communicating Scientific Research


Why should we communicate our research to audiences outside our own field? The question is not a new one and it is also being considered by companies working in technology and innovation. There are several reasons. Scientific activity forms an integral part of our culture and no progress...

María Roura

Determinantes de la utilización de los servicios de salud por parte de la población latinoamericana en Europa

Elaborar e implementar una agenda de investigación sobre los determinantes de la utilización de los servicios de salud por parte de la población latinoamericana en Europa permitirá cubrir brechas en el conocimiento e informar el desarrollo de políticas basadas en la evidencia científica. ...

Alberto García-basteiro

Cada 23 segundos, una muerte por tuberculosis


La tuberculosis mata en el mundo a una persona cada 23 segundos. Ese es el promedio de la enfermedad infecciosa que más mata, sólo por detrás del VIH. En ciertos países del África subsahariana como Mozambique, desde el cual escribo, cada vez hay más casos de tuberculosis a pesar de los...

Gabriel Boichat

Tuberculosis: las consecuencias de un fracaso colectivo


Este domingo es el Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis. Un día que nos recuerda la obligación de enmendar un fracaso colectivo. Después de convivir con la enfermedad miles de años, desde finales del siglo XIX los avances se sucedieron con rapidez. Tras identificar el bacilo de Koch, en 1921...

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