In the news: connections and calls for action

This week’s news brings us unexpected perspectives—from the connections between a cruise ship and Korogocho, Kenya, to the reasons behind the surprising comment, “I wish I had AIDS.”

Health care activist: avoiding the “I’ll give back later” trap

Knowledge@Wharton, February 27, 2013

Steve Davis is president and CEO of PATH, an international nonprofit whose goal is to help communities break longstanding cycles of poor health. The cross-sectoral skills he has accumulated during his earlier work in other organizations, he says, are crucial when it comes to adapting innovations to the places that need them most. In an interview with Wharton management professor Michael Useem during the World Economic Forum in Davos, he talks about his approach to leadership, the importance of strategic partnerships, the effort to eradicate malaria in northern Africa and how to avoid the “I’m-going-to-give-back-later [to society]” trap.

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Advocates urge US to maintain global health funds

The Hill, February 26, 2013

The United States must maintain its investments in global health despite the threat of sequestration and calls for deficit reduction, advocates said Tuesday.

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“I wish I had AIDS”: is the global health sector neglecting noncommunicable diseases?

Seattle Globalist, February 25, 2013

The last thing I expected to hear when I came to Cambodia to ask people about everyday diseases that don’t make world headlines was “I wish I had AIDS.”

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Five days on the Triumph cruise ship—or a lifetime in a slum

Huffington Post, February 25, 2013

Can you imagine having to spend five entire days in the tropics confined to crowded quarters with thousands of others, without functioning plumbing or adequate food? With sewage and its stench surrounding you, helpless to escape? And, needless to say, no air conditioning?

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We’ve been looking at the spread of global pandemics all wrong

The Atlantic, February 25, 2013

Five hundred years ago, the spread of disease was largely constrained by the main mode of transportation of the time: people traveling on foot. An outbreak in one town would slowly ripple outward with a pattern similar to what occurs when a rock drops onto a surface of still water. The Black Death moved across 14th century Europe in much this way, like concentric waves unfurling across the continent.

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