Stories: Public Health

  • Making Progress on the Millennium Development Goals in Brazil

    This April we went to Brazil for a reporting trip which lasted almost a fortnight. It was a great opportunity to learn about the progress Brazil has made in achieving the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. We visited Sao Paulo, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and many nearby cities and favelas. Millennium Development Goal #1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger ...

  • In Ethiopia, Family Planning Increasingly an Article Of Faith

    Religious figures have been preaching the gospel of family planning here in Africa's second most populous nation. The result: a whittling of the fertility rate, and a leap in contraceptive use. Mebrate Tenangne, almost nine months pregnant, stands in the doorway of her home in the village of Mosebo in northern Ethiopia. She used contraception for almost seven...

  • Mosebo Village Health Post

    We had just spent the night at the source of the Blue Nile River. Lake Tana sits in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, and as our caravan of Land Cruisers wove through the countryside from Bahir Dar to Mosebo I took in deep gulping breaths of sweet fresh Ethiopian air. The lush colors of our surroundings looked to me like they...

  • In Brazil, Half of All Mothers Have C-Sections - Whether They Want It or Not

    Cesarean sections were intended as emergency surgery to get a baby out of a woman's womb when complications arose during vaginal childbirth. But in some parts of the world, they are almost standard practice for childbirth. Take, for example, Brazil. “About half of all births are by Cesarean section,” said Marissa Miley, deputy editor of...

  • A Long Wait to See the Doctor in São Paulo

    This is the second post in a blog series called “Expectations" written by deputy editor of global health Marissa Miley. Expecting a child herself, Miley is reporting in Brazil to better understand how women experience pregnancy and childbirth. Read Part I. Thais Soares and Aline Krisna, both 22, have been sitting in the hot, dimly lit...

  • Central Asia’s First Biothreat Research Lab to Play Threat-Reduction Role

    A state-of-the-art medical research laboratory is under construction in a suburb of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital, using U.S. funds aimed at helping reorient former biological weapons-related research under the Soviet Union to peaceful public health uses, according to officials involved with the project. When it opens in 2015, the Central Reference Laboratory is expected to focus on...

  • Zambian Chief Challenges Beliefs on Circumcision

    As the influential leader of Zambia's Kaonde people, Chief Jonathan Eshiloni Mumena's decision to undergo male circumcision was nothing short of a public health practitioner's dream. Since undergoing the procedure two years ago at the age of 47 and breaking with tribal custom, Chief Mumena not only kicked off a vibrant discussion about circumcision's role in...

  • What Drew You to a Career in Global Health?

    Dr. Jennifer Stevenson of the Macha Research Institute in Zambia talks to Naturejobs about her career in global health. Catherine de Lange is currently reporting on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Zambia with the International Reporting Project (IRP).

  • India’s Healthcare Dilemma

    Christopher Werth reports from New Delhi on the future of health care in India: Should it be mostly public or private? Christopher Werth, a freelance journalist, reported on health in India as a 2012 IRP Fellow.

  • Translating Public Health into Media

    It’s 10am, and we’re talking about death. Deaths from disease and neglect—deaths the world could prevent, if only for… Name the disease, and someone in this room will know what it takes to stop it. The room is full of advocates and policy makers and United Nations types. They want to inspire (or...