Monthly Archives: June 2011

Are we *really* this ignorant about sex in Africa?

HIV/AIDS is one of the world’s biggest problems, and it garners a huge amount of attention. We’ve known for decades that heterosexual sex is the main mode of transmission worldwide. We’re also well-aware that the HIV epidemic is worst in … Continue reading

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Too Small to Fail?

Bailouts aren’t just for Wall Street and over-leveraged Mediterranean countries. This week, Swaziland requested a bailout from South Africa. Where to begin? South Africa may be considered an African success story by some, but is it really in the position … Continue reading

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Ms P. and the terrible underutilization of Malawi’s human capital

P. (name redacted for her privacy, unless she tells me she’d rather have me post it here) is one of the strongest candidates I interviewed for a position as a supervisor on my project. Smart and motivated, she’d like to … Continue reading

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Indentured Servitude, or New Way to Pay for College?

A few months back I wrote a controversial post I wrote about Lumni, a social enterprise based in Colombia that provides financing for low-income college students in Latin America in exchange for a % of the students future earnings for … Continue reading

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Thank you, God?

Just came across this report of a malaria vaccine for infants that is in final-phase trials. I suppose this is the cue for my more medically-inclined co-bloggers (or perhaps Naman Shah) to come point out why this won’t work. Until … Continue reading

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Finding solutions to problems we’ve already solved

Adam’s post today about the $4.3 billion pledged to vaccinate children around the world is an example of what I find most striking about healthcare in developing countries: a huge portion of the most pressing issues are problems we’ve already … Continue reading

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Good News on Vaccines

Last week, the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) received pledges of $4.3 billion dollars for expansion of vaccination programs around the developing world. Donors included the usual suspects (e.g., U.K., U.S., other EU countries, Australia) as well as … Continue reading

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