Piya Hanvoravongchai's Blog (17)

Getting to know SDGs - a sequel to the MDGs post 2015

We had a number of blogs about Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  and global development goals on HealthSpace.Asia earlier, Raoul and Renzo provided a good description of the issue earlier last yearI also shared some of the progress …

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on July 27, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Social protection and health coverage in Asia - a new report from ILO

Not sure if you have seen this report but the UNDG Asia-Pacific Social Protection Issues Brief has interesting contents and useful stats on…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on July 3, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

Health Systems Thoughts, from Singapore

If you missed it (like me) the IHP Newsletter recommends two nice blog posts from the Health Systems in Asia Conference in Singapore this month.

- first one is by Maryam Bigdeli of the AHPSR on Health Systems Research from Beijing to Cape Town via Singapore…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on December 20, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Millennium Development Goals: What's next after 2015? What's the role of UHC in the post-MDG agenda?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are approaching its target date at the end of 2015. The UN website tracks down the progress and reports the achievements and the gaps of each country to fulfill these goals. In HealthSpace.Asia previously, there was a report  of how Asian regional…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on November 10, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Free health economics e-learning course by the World Bank Institute

* updated with link to second round application - Deadline 16 October 2013* 

This e-learning course by the World Bank Institute (WBI) may be of interest to many HealthSpace.Asia members. The WBI will offer four rounds of this course until April next year and it is free to attend.

The first round…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on October 10, 2013 at 7:44pm — 1 Comment

World Tuberculosis Day!

Today is world TB day. According to the World Health Organization's Fact Sheet, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/index.html, "Tuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent."



Do you know that Asia has the largest number of new TB cases ie. about 60% of all new cases in the world in 2011. About 80% of global TB cases were from 22… Continue

Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on March 24, 2013 at 10:24pm — 3 Comments

Time for a new model of drug R&D financing and new patent system?

In the 
Project Syndicate this week, Joseph Stiglitz, a nobel laureate in economics and former World Bank chief economist, argued that it is now
 a big opportunity to adopt a new approach to drug research financing. As we all know, the prices of new drugs…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on May 21, 2012 at 5:18am — 1 Comment

A thoughtful lecture by Harvey Fineberg on US Health System, its problems and possible solutions

The New England Journal of Medicine this week (March 15, 2012) published the Shattuck Lecture by Prof. Harvey Fineberg, the current president of the US Institute of Medicine and the former Provost of Harvard University and the former Dean of Harvard School of Public Health. His…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on March 16, 2012 at 12:18am — 1 Comment

The Announcement of the Prince Mahidol Award 2011

From http://www.mfa.go.th/web/2642.php?id=41784

 





December 16,…
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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on December 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Socially Accountable Medical Education?

 

The Hindu just published an interesting article from Prof. Zachariah about medical education reform in India. In his opinion, Indian medical schools currently focus mainly on quality, or “uniform standards” with emphasis on tertiary care. Prof. Zachariah argues that medical education must…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on November 9, 2011 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Debates on breast milk substitutes and the decline in breastfeeding in the Philippines

New article in Social Science & Medicine Journal sparks debates on breast milk substitutes and the decline in breastfeeding in the Philippines. 

The article entitled "Is unimpeded marketing for breast milk substitutes responsible for the decline in breastfeeding in the Philippines?" presented the findings from household survey and focus group discussions in 2007.  

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on October 31, 2011 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Learning from the Lancet Series on Asia

There have been at least 5 Lancet Series with specific geographical focus on Asia. These include the China series in 2008 (Health Systems Reform in China) and 2010 (China's Health Reform Revisited) folowed by the India series (…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on September 10, 2011 at 3:16pm — 4 Comments

Cross country comparisons of development stats using data from UNDP, WB, IMF, OECD, etc

 

If you haven't been to Google Public Data Explorer, I recommend you check it out. Even though the majority of what available are still US or European data, there are now more stats from developing countries via international organizations such as WB, UNDP, or IMF. This includes the Human Development Indicators and related…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on July 30, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Mashable: Gates Foundation and the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge

 

Gates Foundation announced their "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" to improve sanitation & hygiene in poorest countries. Twenty-two universities were challenged to submit proposals to create waterless and affordable toilet and 8 were selected. One of them is from Asia…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on July 20, 2011 at 6:46pm — 2 Comments

Leadership and People Management - the Yamada style

Leadership & management skills are necessary public health skills that many of us are striving especially with regard to HR management. Below is an interesting read from NY Times this weekend, an interview with Tachi Yamada of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on his management style, etc. Thanks Prof. Kenji Shibuya for sharing this.

 

From…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on June 26, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Health Policies in the Thai Election 2011

photo credit: vairoj

 

Thailand is heading towards a national election next month (3 July…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on June 16, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Trading your kidney for an iPad2, would you?

Vietnamese victims of organ traffickers (Source: ibla.org.vn)

 

If I ask whether you would trade your kidney for an iPad2 and perhaps another iPhone, what would you say? This news report about a 17 years old teenager in China must have left many people feeling amazed…

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Added by Piya Hanvoravongchai on June 6, 2011 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

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