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Drinking and driving down by half in teens

The number of teenagers drinking and driving has been halved over the last 20 years says a new study.

AIDS, A Turning Point: Surviving TB and speaking out

TB is the leading killer of AIDS patients and affects millions of people, HIV-positive and negative, each year. Natalie Skipper, a survivor of multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis, tells her story.

Op-Ed: What eLearning can do for global health

eLearning's potential influence on the future of international health care.
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A computer user in Hong Kong, looking at an image of online Mandarin teacher Lily Huang at her home on mainland China. (Richard A. Brooks/AFP/Getty Images)

Joaquin Blaya, Ph.D., is the founder of eHealth Systems, a Health IT consulting based in Chile, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, and a moderator of the Health IT community on GHDonline.org. He received his Ph.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in 2008. He also consults for Boston-based Partners In Health.

A key challenge in providing healthcare and health IT in resource-poor settings is a lack of training and trained personnel.

There are many reasons for this: the high cost of training, especially in remote areas; the fact that trained personnel usually move to urban areas; and the lack of education and opportunities in rural areas.

One strategy to reduce these problems is eLearning: providing training and other education online.

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A Daughter's Journey, Part VI: Reflection and Closure

Tracy Jarrett takes an extraordinary journey to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own. Here's what she learned.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — “Let’s hope they show up,” the doctor said, as I waited in the patient examination room at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital’s Perinatal HIV Research Unit.

It was exactly where I had been sitting 10 days earlier, the day I arrived in South Africa. I’d returned to the unit to speak with a HIV-positive mother and daughter. They were already 30 minutes late.

“Do you think they will come?” I asked the doctor.

She shook her head, with a disappointed look on her face. The pair had only agreed to speak with me if I promised not to take pictures or use their names, and now it looked like they may not speak with me at all.

Fifteen minutes later, a petite young woman walked through the door. A knit hat, which matched her periwinkle eye shadow, covered her short hair and framed her thin face.

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Obama administration closes Global Health Initiative office

Today the Obama administration announced that the Global Health Initiative’s office is closing. What this will mean for GHI is unclear.
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Lois Quam, director of President Barack Obama's Global Health Initiative. (John Donnelly/GlobalPost)
WASHINGTON, DC –Three years ago, President Obama announced with great fanfare his signature global health plan, calling it the Global Health Initiative (GHI). He said it was needed to change direction from President Bush’s disease-specific approaches in AIDS and malaria to “do more to improve health systems around the world, focus our efforts on child and maternal health, and ensure that best practices drive the funding for these programs.” Today, in a down-page blog on the GHI website, the administration announced that the Global Health Initiative’s office is closing.
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A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town, reflecting on HIV/AIDS

Tracy Jarrett takes an extraordinary journey — from Chicago to Cape Town, South Africa — to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own.
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“A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.” AIDS took her mother's life when she was five years old.
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A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town

VIDEO: Tracy Jarrett takes an extraordinary journey — from Chicago to Cape Town, South Africa — to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own.
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“A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.”
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Can't we all just work together?: Q&A with Ecoagriculture Partners

Sara Scherr, president and CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners, explains “the whole landscape approach,” which she says is a way to improve biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihoods simultaneously.
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An employee at Saudi Star rice farm working in Gambella, Ethiopia. (Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images)
Sara Scherr is president and CEO of Ecoagriculture Partners, an organization that promotes “the whole landscape approach” as a way to improve biodiversity, ecosystems, and livelihoods simultaneously. A report released earlier this month in advance of the Rio+20 conference analyzes the effectiveness and sustainability of this approach.
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A Daughter's Journey, Part IV: Ladies build support in Langa

Tracy Jarrett takes an extraordinary journey — from Chicago to Cape Town, South Africa — to learn about the disease that took her mother's life and forever changed her own. She has finally arrived in Cape Town.
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CAPE TOWN—The ladies, as they have come to be known, arrive to work by 9:00 every morning. Their office is an old mini bus (taxi) station in the center of Langa township. The dilapidated white building is dark inside; a table lined with blue plastic chairs is set up by the window, and two men sit in a small office behind security glass. Resembling a YMCA-meets-doctor’s office, this station has housed the Langa Action Community AIDS Program (L.A.C.A.P.) for seven years.
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US on target with AIDS goals, top official says

One month before the International AIDS Conference, Ambassador Eric Goosby addressed an audience at the Brookings Institute. He said the Obama administration was on target for meeting its HIV/AIDS goals.
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US Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric P. Goosby (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC—One month before the International AIDS Conference, the top US official overseeing the global AIDS fight today said that the Obama administration was on target for meeting goals for putting people on treatment, reducing the number of babies infected with HIV, and expanding male circumcisions – but he acknowledged the circumcision effort was tough going.
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