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Best websites: Resources for teaching, presenting or learning global health

Posted by ryanlindsay on March 11, 2009

Chad’s previous post of Hans Rosling’s TED talk reminded me of a list that I have been wanting to post for a while. Below are some of my favorite resources that I have used to help explain or present global health issues. These websites have been passed on to me from past professors and friends. If you have something to add then please share in the comments!

Gapminder
Be your own Hans Rosling and create bubble plots with all sorts of variables.

World Clock
Brings numbers down to a level we can more easily comprehend.

Rx for survival
Great PBS series, with clips and other interactive material.

BBC Survival TV
Nice documentaries on global health shown in their entirety.

Johns Hopkins Free Courseware
The trend in open courseware should make us all happy!

Google trends
Not a perfect model, but an exciting idea on how to track disease outbreaks (obviously wouldn’t work in countries with low access to the web).

Healthmap
Spy on the world’s various outbreaks.

Thisispublichealth
Answers the general question “What is public health?” pretty well for a general audience.

TED
A great resource for speeches on a range of subjects. Be sure to check outy Hans Rosling’s and Bill Gates’ speeches.

Harvard World Health News
Weekly updates from various news sources on global (and domestic) health issues.

Jing
Great for demonstrations as you can capture what is going on on your computer screen. Also great for capturing Youtube videos to replay them at BYU!

NPR – Global Health
General global health news from a trusty source.

Supercourse
A repository of lectures on global health.

Facing the Future
Another list of resources (some geared towards teenagers).

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TV Programming

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 28, 2008

Child Survival

I’ll be tuning into see the Child Survival Project sponsored by UNICEF. CNN will highlight four areas where UNICEF demonstrates its remarkable on-the-ground expertise in doing whatever it takes to save a child:

* Child protection in Iraq
* Water and sanitation in Laos
* HIV/AIDS in Peru
* Child survival interventions in Ethiopia

I thought I’d pass the news along. It will air at 8 pm and 11 pm ET on July 6th.

A Walk to Beautiful

This past month a Nova program called “A Walk to Beautiful” highlighted fistula and other gynecological problems affecting mothers in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has a population of 77 million but only 146 gynecologists and obstetricians, leaving perhaps 100,000 women to suffer fistulas. This documentary brought out the pain and yet the hope in a very dire circumstance. The show has stopped airing but can still be seen on the Internet using the following link.

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Presidential Race and Global Health

Posted by chads on March 15, 2008

Want to know what Clinton, McCain, or Obama have to say about global health? Check this site out.

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Charlie Rose panel on Global Health

Posted by chads on November 6, 2007

Here’s a pretty good video summarizing the current global health situation.

(Thanks, thd global health blog!)

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Recent Successes

Posted by chads on February 8, 2007

There are a number of recent global health successes that show that, yes, in fact, well-planned, coordinated global health interventions do save lives:

-According to a recent Lancet article, between 1999 and 2005, mortality owing to measles was reduced by 60%, from an estimated 873,000 deaths (uncertainty bounds 634,000-1,140,000) in 1999 to 345,000 deaths (247,000-458,000) in 2005. An article in the magazine Economist gives a good summary. See Malaria under the categories on the side bar for other posts about measles, immunization campaigns, and the LDS Church’s involvement in that campaign.

-According to Dr. Constance Bart-Plange, Programme Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme in Ghana, malaria deaths in children in the country has reduced by half between 2003 and the end of 2006. (To my knowledge, this data has not been published or subject to peer review. These preliminary results, however, are promising.)

As soon as I find some time, I will post a review on a highly recommended book that highlights a number of other global health success stories: Millions Saved.

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Top 5 Global Health Stories of 2006

Posted by chads on January 4, 2007

Good post summarizing important global health stories of 2006 here.

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