Month: May 2016

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The Basics: The Paradox of the Dual Burden – NCDs and CDs

Here’s a fictional allegory: Thelma lives in a rural area in Tanzania. At age 5, she contracted malaria. Due to broadened availability of health services, Thelma received an artemisinin based treatment and, unlike many before her, she survived. In fact, she lived a long, healthy life. Long enough to reach the age of 55; at ...

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Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Days 2016

Today I attended the second day of the annual Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders Scientific Day. I have been thoroughly impressed not only by the entire program this year but also with the dedication to broadening access to healthcare, improving diagnostic systems and achieving the objective of the democratisation of health through the ...

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The Basics: HIV, AIDS and related co-infections

What are HIV and AIDS? An introduction to HIV, AIDS and HIV associated co-infections.

The End of An Era: 2015 Millennium Development goals round-up

The World at 2000   In September 2000, leaders from each of the 189 UN member states assembled to decide the United Nations’ Mission for the next 15 years. The “Millennium Summit”, unlike any meeting before it, was to set the stage for global development in the form of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The ...

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A Brief Introduction

I’m Christiana: a 23 year old, Geneva and London based global health and development enthusiast. With a background in medical sciences and economics; and as a current MSc candidate in the field of drug development; I use this blog to explore and record my personal musings on issues surrounding drugs, health, policy and development. It is my ...