I have not done one of these posts in a while, I think because I have largely substituted tweeting for rounding up the links I have enjoyed reading in the past few days and sharing them on the blog. But the urge came over me tonight to put some of the things I have read recently up here to draw attention.
1. The last mile in global poliomyelitis eradication: Dr. Bhutta from Pakistan, a prolific researcher and writer, shares some thoughts on why the last phase of polio eradication is so hard. These are really complicated issues and so I am impressed with how this one short piece seems to capture most, if not all, of these issues and makes them very easy to understand. I wish more technical people could write like this.
2. Global Rise in C-Sections Troubles Experts: I’ve started doing some work lately on the rise of cesarean sections in the developing world, which in a nutshell has been dramatic in some places. Many experts are alarmed by the rates. While there is no consensus on what the rates are, there is even less of an understanding of why the rates are rising so rapidly. PBS investigates these questions here.
3. A Campaign to Carry Pregnancies to Term: Back here in the US, another consequence of high rates of cesareans here are that many pregnancies are induced or scheduled for cesarean section before the baby is full term. There are health consequences of these decisions and the March of Dimes has recently launched a campaign to promote full term births called “Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait”. You can read more about this campaign in this NYTimes piece.
4. Partners in Help: Finally, Paul Farmer who is currently promoting his new book “Haiti: After the Earthquake”, reflects on Haiti, Harvard, and foreign aid in general in this piece, which was essentially his commencement address at Harvard Kennedy’s School earlier this year. While I certainly agree with a lot in this piece, I am not always convinced that the solutions are as obvious as he would make them seem. But I thought this was a thoughtful and interesting read.
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