A few interesting things caught my eye on the internet today:

1. Elizabeth Pisani reviews my friend Amy Nunn‘s book “The Politics and History of AIDS Treatment in Brazil” in the Lancet. She summarizes the main findings of this book – which was largely based on Amy’s dissertation at HSPH – which shows how many of the reasons why Brazil took such a leadership role on expanding access to ARVs has to do political and historical factors specific to that country, suggesting that replicating such successes will be hard.

2. It is now 3:16 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, July 30, 2009. That means that as of right now, it is estimated that 35,172,096 people have died this year – about 10,000,000 from cardiovascular disease. How do I know this? Well, thanks to this nifty clock I can find out lots of great “real time” estimates of cumulative deaths, population, and cases of illness.

3. I sometimes find Nick Kristof’s take on developing countries a bit sensationalized and over the top, but when he is he is good, he is really good. His essay today on maternal mortality in Pakistan is one example of when he is really good. At the end he challenges the Obamas to step up leadership on this issue – would that not be great?

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