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THIS WEEK’S TOPIC : “ Women Hold up more than half the world”
Focus on MDG 3 :Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
MDG5 : Improve Maternal Health
Special Guest : Sean S Tedjarati MD, MPH, MBA (c)
Dr. Tedjarati is the Chief & Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology & Robotic Surgery at New York Medical College and Westchester Medical Center. He is actively involved in clinical research and serves as the principal investigator for the GOG, a research arm of the NCI at NYMC/WCMC. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards. He has been selected as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals
He has a strong interest in international and public health. He has volunteered extensively around the world including Africa, Central and South America, China, Vietnam and other developing nations in addressing the issue of women’s health and their rights. He has lectured extensively on area of international health with emphasis on women’s health as the nucleus of community development and empowerment. His other area of interest is healthcare disparities in minority populations and women’s rights. His focus is on a comprehensive approach to women’s development internationally as health being a gateway to a more sustainable approach to addressing other factors such as economic prowess, education development along with strong emphasis on policies that will change the environment that facilitate and foster a real and lasting change in women’s lives in developing nations.
Focus on MDG 4: Reduce child mortality
MDG5: Improve Maternal Health by 2015
Special Guest: Ms. Marion Subah, MSN, CNM, RNC, PNP, FWACN
Ms. Marion Subah, is a fellow of the West Africa College of Nursing (WACN), a Liberian certified nurse midwife, A Maryland state RN, a certified Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse and public health professional with nearly 30 years of experience in health program management, training, and service delivery with focus in maternal, neonatal child health (MNCH) and reproductive health (RH). She has worked for a number of international NGOs, as well as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), and is also as a clinician providing direct patient services with last full time service delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Perinatal Services Department where she received a “Shining Star” Award for establishing the Dimensional Activities Program for Antenatal Patients and trained staff to implement the program. Ms. Subah is currently Jhpiego/Liberia’s country representative, providing management and technical oversight for Jhpiego/Liberia’s portfolio. She concurrently serves as Program Director & Education and Training Advisor on the Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project, a USAID funded Project of the MOHSW, led by JSI and she manages the MNCH, mental health, and RH / family planning (FP) components. Read more
Ensure environmental sustainability:
Target 7C: By 2015, halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation
The percentage of the world’s population using improved drinking-water sources increased from 77% to 87% between 1990 and 2008, a rate on track with meeting the global MDG drinking-water target. However, more effort is needed to narrow the gap in coverage between urban and rural areas.
In terms of the sanitation target, however, the world is falling far short. In 2008 2.6 billion people still had no access to a hygienic toilet or safe latrine. Approximately 1.1 billion people were defecating in the open, resulting in high levels of environmental contamination and exposure to the risks of worm infestations (such as hookworm and ascariasis) and microbial infections (such as cholera, shigellosis, salmonellosis, and hepatitis). The situation was most severe in the WHO African Region, where the percentage of the population using improved sanitation facilities only rose from 30% in 1990 to 34% in 2008. ( source: WHO)
MDG 7 is interrelated to MDG 4 and MDG 5
30% of “ children Get ill due to lack of clean water and it also contributes to increased infant mortality . In addition 51% of maternal mortality and mortality can be attributed to lack of clean water and a sanitary conditions.
The preparations for Rio+20 have highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; these include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. THIS WEEK’S TOPIC focuses on Rio Plus 20.
SPECIAL GUEST: DR.:CATHEY FALVO Cathey Eisner Falvo, president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment for 2011-2013 Cathey Eisner Falvo, president of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment for 2011-2013, is a physician who trained in pediatrics and preventive medicine/public health. She was the pediatrician for a neighborhood health center as well as professor and chair of public health and professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College School of Public Health before resigning in 2005. She has been associated with Physicians for Social Responsibility U.S.A. since 1983; has been on the Board of Directors and is its representative to the International Society of Doctors for the Environment as well as at the United Nations. She has worked in Nicaragua, Haiti and Vietnam both as a pediatrician and public health expert at various times since 1985 and made working trips to Albania, Algeria, Argentina and Columbia. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse then trained in Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Her public health degree (epidemiology) was from Columbia University School of Public Health. She served as a general medical officer and director of community health in the U.S. Public Health Service Indian Health Service on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota.
Millennium Development Goals and post-2015 Development Agenda
The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/?AIDS and providing universal primary education – have been a milestone in global and national development efforts. The framework has helped to galvanize development efforts and guide global and national development priorities. While three of the eight goals have been achieved prior to the final deadline of 2015 progress has been uneven within and across countries. Thus further efforts and a strong global partnership for development are needed to acceler&s
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC : ROLE OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN PROMOTING THE MDGS
Special guest: DR. PAUL FREEMAN DrPH MBBS MPH MHP Dr Freeman is a physician with advanced training in tropical disease control and general public health, health personnel education, and health program management and evaluation.
Read more: http://www.africanviews.org/component/content/article/1068-millennium-development-goals/49474-role-of-primary-health-care-in-promoting-the-mdgs
This week’s topic: Education and Its role in Promoting Gender Equity
Gender parity index for gross enrolment ratio in primary, secondary and tertiary education (Girls’ school enrolment ratio in relation to boys’ enrolment ratio), 1998/1999 and 2008/2009 (Girls per 100 boys).
At the level of secondary education, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Northern Africa and South-Eastern Asia have achieved gender parity. However, girls remain at a distinct disadvantage in Oceania, Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Asia. In contrast, girls have surpassed boys in Eastern Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean when it comes to participation in secondary school.
The picture is quite different at the tertiary level of education. It is at this level that the gender parity index for the whole of the developing world is highest, at 97 girls for every 100 boys. But it is also where the greatest gender disparity is observed. Among the developing regions, only Eastern Asia and Northern Africa have achieved gender parity in tertiary education. Participation rates are either skewed heavily in favour of boys, as in Oceania, Southern Asia, sub- Saharan Africa and Western Asia, or in favour of girls, as in the Caucasus and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South-Eastern Asia.
The role of international and supra-national organizations to the implementation of Millennium Development Goals has proved essential. However, the role of higher education (HE) to MDGs’ progress is still obscure as no analyses or studies have been carried out so far. In the context of some meta-analytic research of various reports commissioned by public and international organizations and institutions, this discussion will seek to shed light to the particular role of HE especially in the Health care sector to MDGs and vice-versa.
Special guest: Dr Omar Khan, M.D. MPH.
Read more: http://www.africanviews.org/component/content/article/1068-millennium-development-goals/49466-the-role-of-health-professionals-and-academia-in-achieving-the-millennium-development-goals
Special Guest - Dr. MALCOM BRYANT
Malcolm Bryant, MBBS, MPH, has over 30 years of experience working in the health sector as a clinician, educator, researcher, and manager of public health programs. Currently Dr. Bryant is Clinical Associate Professor of International Health at Boston University School of Public Health and is the Principal Investigator for the Evaluating the Capacity of Civil Society Organizations to Improve the Health of OVC in Ethiopia Project. After his initial specialization in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Bryant focused on the management of public health programs as District Medical Officer in Zimbabwe during the 1980s and Regional Director for Health in Saskatchewan, Canada, in the early 1990s. Dr. Bryant has worked as a research associate at the Harvard Institute for International Development, where he supported research and training programs in Cameroon, Togo, and Zaire. He later spent 12 years in a leadership role at Management Sciences for Health in Boston, where he led the Strengthening Health Systems Program, and later the Center for Health Outcomes. In 2007, Dr. Bryant co-founded Innovative Development Expertise & Advisory Services, Inc., a new consulting company focused on the strengthening of health systems in developing countries. Dr. Bryant has worked in more than 20 countries, with a focus on Africa. His current work involves applied research into programming for orphans and vulnerable children to find solutions to the causes of programming bottlenecks; the evidence needed to develop good policies; and the most cost-effective approaches to achieve real outcomes for child health and social well-being. Dr. Bryant holds a medical degree from London University and a master’s in public health from Harvard University. He is the immediate past chair of the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association.
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Focus on MDG 7- ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Gregory Pappas MD PhD has worked in 40 countries including Pakistan where he served as Chairman of Community Health Science at the Aga Khan University. He wrote and edited (with Omar Khan) “Megacities and Global Health for APHA Press. Dr. Pappas was a major author of the PEPFAR Five Year Strategic Plan: a report to Congress and worked in six countries in Africa and the Caribbean rolling out antiretroviral therapy, building infrastructure for care delivery. Dr Pappas has also work extensively in the US and is the author of numerous articles, including his work in the New England Journal of Medicine “The increasing disparity in mortality between socioeconomic groups in the United States “and his book with Cornell University Press, The Magic City: unemployment in a working class community.
“ Urban living: a challenge to reaching MDGs”
By 2007 over half the people on planet were living in cities and the trend continues. Cities in less developed country have serious health challenges and inequalities that if not addressed will make reaching MDGs even more difficult . In addition large here it comes urban centers in global cities (megacities over 10 million people) are the source for political unrest and breed disease that threaten the entire global. Getting development right in these places matters to us all.
HOSTS: Ayshah Mshe, Ben Maiyo, Melissa Sikosana GUESTS: AbdulAziz Omar, Olumide Idowu, Alie Eleveld|
Foreign aid organizations and African Governments constantly struggle in various degrees to find long-term solutions to address the water crisis in Africa. The government’s receptiveness to any outside aid and favorable conditions in the economy made it propitious to innumerable NGOs, international organizations and social businesses to attempt to alleviate the issue. Are these external pursuits only patching holes or are they contributing to a brighter future? The question on many people’s mind is does outside aid offer a true water crisis solution in Africa or mask a deeper problem? If real progress is being made, why does the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) expectation analysis forecast that the majority of the countries in Africa are expected to experience extreme water stress by 2025?
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