Author Archives: Danika Barry

The news that wasn’t fit to print

Today 1,500 women died due to pregnancy or childbirth related causes. That’s roughly one woman every minute. Why isn’t this in newspaper headlines? Why has progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 on maternal mortality been uniquely stunted in Africa and … Continue reading

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While an undergraduate, I used to volunteer with an adult literacy program at a nearby men’s homeless shelter. The weekly “lesson” topic was established by the shelter staff, and the student volunteers would prepare materials accordingly. These followed a Freireian … Continue reading

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Defining Skilled Care: Assessing the Effectiveness of Community Health Workers

The 2005 World Health Report estimated that an additional 700,000 skilled birth attendants are needed to provide universal coverage of maternal and newborn services in the 75 countries where maternal and neonatal mortality is highest. The shortage of skilled health … Continue reading

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Accountability Starts Here

I’ve realized along with Adam that I need to provide some background before going on to more specific issues. Recently I’ve developed a focus on neonatal health, which—as someone most interested in macroscopic, interdisciplinary, systems-level approaches—has been a bit of … Continue reading

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Artificial Epidemics

Rounding out our first week, I want to reflect on some themes introduced by fellow MethodLogicians. Namely, the intersection of political economy and health, and the way global health and development priorities are set. I’ll start with one of the … Continue reading

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