Navigation Links
Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?
Date:10/22/2007

Everything published by PLoS Medicine is Open Access: freely available for anyone to read, download, redistribute and otherwise use, as long as the authorship is properly attributed.

This week PLoS Medicine publishes a special collection of articles that aim to highlight the profound influence of poverty upon health, as part of the Council of Science Editors Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development (http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/globalthemeissue.cfm):

  • Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?

  • Executive Director of UNAIDS discusses links between AIDS and poverty

  • Can the international framework of children's rights be used to improve child survival rates?

Please mention PLoS Medicine in your report and use the links below to take your readers straight to the online articles:


FROM THE PLoS MEDICINE MAGAZINE SECTION:

Which intervention would do the most to improve the health of the extreme poor?

For PLoS Medicine's special issue on poverty and health, the journal asked thirty commentators, including some of the world's most respected global health experts, to name the one intervention that would improve the health of those living on less than $1 a day.

The collected responsesfrom health researchers and activists, journalists, academics, and communities living in povertyhighlight effective, low tech, and remarkably cheap ways to make a profound difference to the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

Paul Farmer (Partners in Health and Harvard University) chose training of village health workers as the most effective intervention. "If we train village health workers, and make sure theyre compensated," he said, "then the resources intended for the worlds poorestfrom vaccines, to bed nets, to prenatal care, and to care for chronic diseases like AIDS and tuberculosiswould reach the intended beneficiaries."

Other commentators, including Mushtaque Chowdhury (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Murugi Murekio (a health reporter in Ethiopia) stressed the crucial role of hunger alleviation. In Ethiopia, said Murekio, "antiretrovirals are free, but mostly women can barely afford a meal a day and so this diminishes their capacity to live healthily with HIV."

Jeffrey Sachs (Director of the United Nations Millennium Project) focused his response on prevention and treatment of malaria: "In tropical Africa, a mass distribution of free long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to fight malaria accompanied by free access to artemisinin-based combination anti-malaria medicines." But he added that he has "spent years objecting to posing the question this way, since at low cost we could achieve major health advances through more comprehensive approaches."

Many of the responses note the importance of the rich world fulfilling its obligations to the global poor, while other commentators highlighted the empowerment of women ("Theres a saying that when you educate a woman you have educated a whole village," said reporter Rosebell Kagumire in Uganda), promotion of breastfeeding, provision of clean water, and childhood vaccination. Members of poor rural communities in Ayacucho, Peru, talked about the importance of housing, food, family, and social interactionsa view of health promotion that goes far beyond a strictly biomedical approach.

In a related Editorial, the PLoS Medicine editors argue that the global community easily has the financial and technical means to scale up all of these interventions immediatelyit has more than enough resources, for example, to distribute insecticide-treated bed nets and artemisinin-based combination therapy for malaria, train community health workers, promote breastfeeding, and vaccinate all children."

Citation: Yamey G on Behalf of the Interviewees (2007) Which single intervention would do the most to improve the health of those living on less than $ per day? PLoS Med 4( 0): e303.

PLEASE ADD THE LINK TO THE PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN ONLINE VERSIONS OF YOUR REPORT: http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0040303

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-04-10-yamey.pdf

Related PLoS Medicine Editorial:

Citation: The PLoS Medicine Editors (2007) Thirty ways to improve the health of the worlds poorest people. PLoS Med 4( 0): e310.

IN YOUR ARTICLE, PLEASE LINK TO THIS URL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PUBLISHED PAPER: http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0040310

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-04-10-editorial.pdf

CONTACT:
The PLoS Medicine editors
medicine_editors@plos.org


ALSO IN THE MAGAZINE SECTION:

Executive Director of UNAIDS discusses links between AIDS and poverty

Peter Piot (Executive Director of UNAIDS, Geneva, Switzerland) and colleagues at UNAIDS explore the "downstream" effects of AIDS on poverty, and the "upstream" effects of poverty upon the risk of acquiring HIV.

Citation: Piot P, Greener R, Russell S (2007) Squaring the circle: AIDS, poverty, and human development. PLoS Med 4( 0): e314.

IN YOUR ARTICLE, PLEASE LINK TO THIS URL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PUBLISHED PAPER: http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0040314

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-04-10-piot.pdf

CONTACT:
Sarah Russell
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Geneva 27, CH 1211
Switzerland
russells@unaids.org


How can we improve the health of those living in urban slums?

The defining physical and legal characteristics of slums profoundly affect the health of these communities and may also serve as potential targets for immediate intervention, argue Alon Unger (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) and Lee Riley (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Citation: Unger A, Riley LW, et al. (2007) Slum health: From understanding to action. PLoS Med 4( 0): e295.

IN YOUR ARTICLE, PLEASE LINK TO THIS URL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PUBLISHED PAPER: http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0040295

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-04-10-unger.pdf

CONTACT:
Alon Unger
University of California-Los Angeles
Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics
10833 Le Conte Avenue
12-335 MDCC, Mailcode 175217
Los Angeles, California 90095
United States of America
+1 415-238-6233
aunger@mednet.ucla.edu


Can the international framework of children's rights be used to improve child survival rates?

David Gordon (University of Bristol, UK) and colleagues in the United Kingdom explain how the international framework of human rights can be better used to help reduce child poverty and improve child survival rates.

Citation: Pemberton S, Gordon D, Nandy S, Pantazis C, Townsend P (2007) Child rights and child poverty: Can the international framework of childrens rights be used to improve child survival rates? PLoS Med 4(0): e307.

IN YOUR ARTICLE, PLEASE LINK TO THIS URL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PUBLISHED PAPER: http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0040307

PRESS-ONLY PREVIEW OF THE ARTICLE: http://www.plos.org/press/plme-04-10-gordon.pdf

CONTACT:
Dave Gordon
University of Bristol
Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research
8 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 1TZ
United Kingdom
+44-117-954 6761
+44-117-954 6756 (fax)
Dave.Gordon@bristol.ac.uk


'/>"/>

Contact: Josh Eveleth
jeveleth@plos.org
415-624-1234
Public Library of Science
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. FDA approves Phase 0 trial which tests experimental drugs on humans
2. Juices are Best! but which one?
3. Likely reason which makes analgesics work against Alzheimers
4. Liver cancers which spread are linked to a particular gene
5. No “ Lower Limit “ To The Age At Which Children Can Learn New Wors
6. Salmon Fish Benefits: Which Kind Is Better?
7. Florida State University declares a breathtaking study which might solve the Hepatitis C Virus maze and find a cure!
8. Tinnitus: a problem which is still ambiguous
9. Competitive Advantage Are Attained In Which Freeloaders Are Punished
10. Hunt for Chromosomal Errors Which Cause Genetic Diseases
11. Botox for That Pelvic Pain Which wont go Away
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now reveal their media with ... X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProSlice Color ... users can now reveal the media of their split screens with growing colorful ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star ... , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered ... both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand ... new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is ... The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of ... Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Bracket , a leading clinical trial technology ... outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) 6.0, at the 52 ... 30, 2016 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.  A ... product of its kind to fully integrate with RTSM, will ... 6.0 is a flexible platform for electronic clinical outcomes assessments ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced ... launch of Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first ... of possibilities for IoT devices.      (Photo: ... Oticon introduces a number of ,world firsts,: ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  Experian Health, the healthcare industry ... patient payment and care experience, today announced ... and services that will enhance the breadth ... These award-winning solutions will enable healthcare professionals ... in an ever-changing environment and redefine front-office ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: