International Health Masters Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:05:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 28 Incredible Web Sites About Doctors Without Borders Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:15:08 +0000 Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has come to symbolize the best that humanity can offer to others who need help. Now assisting others in over 70 countries, MSF frequently insists on political responsibility in conflict zones such as Chechnya and Kosovo. Only once in its history, during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has the organization called for military intervention. Otherwise, MSF remains independent of any political, religious or economic powers. The following list contains the majority of the English-speaking MSF sites and another list of other organizations that either provide help to MSF or that offers other types of public health care to the world from various origins, including the U.S.

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  1. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
  2. Facebook: The official Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) English-language page.
  3. Medecins Sans Fronteires: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
  4. Michael Goldfarb: Michael is the media relations manager for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-USA.
  5. MSF Access: Officially known as Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, this effort pushes governments, International Government Institutions, the Pharmaceutical Industry and other NGOs to confront the injustice of medicinal discrepancies. “Some of the reasons that people die from diseases like AIDS, TB, Sleeping Sickness and other tropical diseases is that life saving essential medicines are either too expensive, are not available because they are not seen as financially viable, or because there is virtually no new research and development for priority tropical diseases.”
  6. MSF USA: The U.S. office of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries.
  7. Tumblr: The English-language “blog” for MSF. Activities, statements and articles about malnutrition, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Haiti and HIV/AIDS await readers.
  8. YouTube: In the world’s newest country, three out of four people have no access to basic health care. Women and children bear the brunt of this neglect: many women do not survive pregnancy or childbirth, and children die from preventable diseases and malnutrition.

Other Sites

  1. Acupuncturists Without Borders: AWB’s vision is to foster the creation of stable, peaceful global communities through its community-based acupuncture services and training which interrupt the cycles of unresolved trauma.
  2. Birth Without Borders: Birth Without Borders is the vision of a group of dedicated women who have been intricately involved in the International Birthing and public health community for years.
  3. Department of Public Health

  4. Caring Beyond Borders: This Facebook page carries a number of true stories about dedicated nurses from around the world. It also represents the book, Nurses Beyond Borders, an anthology filled with nurses’ stories.
  5. Chemists Without Borders: This organization is a public benefit, non-profit, international humanitarian organization designed to alleviate human suffering through the use of proven chemical technologies and related skills.
  6. Counselors Without Borders: Counselors Without Borders is a committed to provide culturally responsive humanitarian counseling in post-disaster emergency situations.
  7. Dentists Without Borders: This organization is a registered non-profit charitable international volunteer organization started in 2003.
  8. Engineers Without Borders – Public Health Chapter at GWU: This Facebook page is home to a chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that consists of professionals and students from a variety of professions including engineering, public health, anthropology and business.
  9. Health For All: Under the heading of ‘Health without Borders’, the Wemos Foundation and Nyenrode Business Universiteit are working together to make healthcare in the Netherlands more sustainable. Their aim in doing so is to help to improve the access to care elsewhere in the world.
  10. Healthcare Without Borders: The purpose of HWB is to help underserved and underdeveloped areas of the world by providing health care related materials and expertise.
  11. Knitters Without Borders: Also known as “Tricoteuses Sans Frontières,” this site and effort was born as a response to the tsunami disaster on December 26th 2004, but exists to fundraise for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.
  12. Medics Without Borders: MWB is a non-profit organization that began providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training and health education programs in Ghana in 2008. From the beginning, MWB focused on providing health education in the country by focusing on interest groups who have direct access to and influence on large audiences.
  13. Naturopathic Doctors Without Borders: This organization’s goal is to provide naturopathic health care to impoverished communities, while empowering those communities through education, supporting growth and cultivating sustainable resources.
  14. Patients Beyond Borders: Patients Beyond Borders is the world’s most trusted source of consumer information about international medical and health travel.
  15. Pharmaciens Sans Frontières Comité International: PSFCI is the largest humanitarian association in the world specialized in the pharmaceutical sector. Founded in 1985 to retrieve unused drugs from chemists for use in developing countries, PSFCI extended its objectives to help the developing countries set up a local adapted health care system.
  16. Taking Public Health Seriously

  17. Psychology Beyond Borders: PBB is committed to international leadership in evidence-informed psychosocial preparedness, prevention and response to disasters, armed conflict and terrorism.
  18. Scientists Without Borders: This organization is an initiative that aims to mobilize and coordinate science-based, capacity-building efforts in the developing world. The Scientists Without Borders ecosystem includes individuals and organizations working on science and technology-based activities at all levels of academia, NGOs, government, and the private sector, across a variety of regions, disciplines, and subject matter areas.
  19. Specialists Without Borders: SWB is an Australia-based non-profit organization with the aim of improving health outcomes and enhancing the sustainability of medical service provision in developing countries.
  20. Surgery Without Borders: CSF is an organization that originates from the need to contribute to those patients that, because of several limiting factors such as economical condition, geographic location, cultural differences, biologic disease and because of lack of private insurance, have difficulty reaching the medical system in the U.S.
  21. Vets Beyond Borders: This is an Australian based organization, not for profit, established by veterinary volunteers in 2003. They run veterinary based animal welfare and public health programs in developing communities in the Asia Pacific region.
  22. Workplace Health Without Borders: In the Spring of 2011,a group of occupational hygienists and other activists came together in Toronto to found Workplace Health Without Borders, a not-for-profit organization,to address issues surrounding workplace safety.
Top 50 Blogs by International Health Organizations Thu, 02 Jun 2011 08:00:39 +0000 One of the most interesting career fields right now is international health. The idea that we can live in a world that is healthier for all is something that is becoming more attainable every day. You can be a part of the solution by becoming an expert in international health, or even by volunteering with different organizations. When you recognize that you can help with a problem, you become powerful.

The Internet provides you with the chance to connect with others, and learn of efforts being made right now in global health. All you have to do is look for the web sites and blogs of international health organizations. Governments, charities, religions and trusts are all working in the interest of public health. If you are interested, here are 50 great blogs by international health organizations:

Government Health Organizations

Many governments in the developed world have agencies designed to deal with global health issues. Also included in this section are those organizations, like the World Health Organization, that operate under the auspices of quasi-governmental organizations like the United Nations.

  1. World Health Organization: You can get top blog stories on international health, as well as access to reports.
  2. USAID: This is the U.S. government’s efforts to improve global health, among other aid to developing countries.
  3. Public Health: The European Union offers this site on public health, including a blog that updates you with the latest international health headlines.
  4. John E. Fogarty International Center: This center, from the National Institutes of Health in the U.S., offers regular news postings.
  5. Australian Government Department of Health and Aging: Includes information on international health, with updated posts.
  6. Global Health: This offering from the CDC offers insights into global health.
  7. Blog 4 Global Health: The blog offered by the Global Health Council. A great resource.

Organizations Devoted to International Health

There area number of non-profit organizations that are interested in improving global health. Even some for-profit organizations are involved in addressing international health issues. These blogs can help you read more about efforts being made by workers around the world.

  1. HAI Europe Staff Blog: Health Action International’s European staff offers great insights on international health policy.
  2. Global Health Blog: IntraHealth International offers insights into global health.
  3. BIO Ventures for Global Health: Interesting organization interested in encouraging investment in global health ventures.
  4. AKIMBO: This is an international organization aimed at women’s health.
  5. Doctors Without Borders: This well-known international health organization has a blog that keeps you up to date.
  6. Hesperian: A publishing company that focuses on international health information and outcomes.
  7. Association of Public Health Laboratories: Looks at global health policies and encourages efforts to work together.
  8. Project Concern: A look at global health from an international organization interested in health outcomes.
  9. Handicap International: A great organization dealing with international health and handicaps.
  10. Field Notes: A blog from UNICEF about health and more.
  11. Infectious Diseases Society of America: Offers insights into communicable diseases in the U.S. and around the world.
  12. Batey Relief Alliance: Offers a look at international health efforts in the U.S. and the Caribbean.
  13. GlobeMed: Students unite in the cause of global health.

Faith-Based Global Health Organizations and Initiatives

Religion can be a powerful motivator. There are some faith-based programs aimed at relieving global health issues. These international organizations reach across borders based on faith.

  1. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: News and information from this venerable societies.
  2. Episcopal Relief & Development: Global health efforts.
  3. IMA World Health: Faith-based organization interested in improvements to international health.
  4. Adventist Development and Relief Agency: Organization that is interested in promoting better global health.
  5. World Vision: Christian organization based on global health.
  6. Christian Connections for International Health: News, posts and activities.
  7. Catholic Relief Services: Focuses on providing different services, including health services.

Institutes, Trusts and Foundations

Some international health organizations come in the form of foundations, trusts and institutes. Some of these institutes are located at universities and colleges, and some of the foundations are concerned with providing information about what you can do to help. Many trusts are set up to fund global health initiatives.

  1. GHC: The Global Health Corps is a community from Stanford University.
  2. The Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights: Institute at Harvard focusing on international health.
  3. Guttmacher Institute: A look at global health issues.
  4. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Includes a number of projects and efforts to improve international health.
  5. Center for Global Health: The University of Michigan offers global health insight.
  6. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: International health organization focusing on HIV/AIDS.
  7. Foundation for AIDS Research: International organization looking at HIV/AIDS.
  8. U.S. Global Health Policy: The Kaiser Family Foundation looks at international health and U.S. policy.
  9. The Max Foundation: Worldwide cancer community blog.
  10. Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Global health issues and more from Yeshiva University.
  11. University of Washington Department of Global Health: Includes great posts and information.
  12. UC Global Health Institute: The University of California has its own institute focusing on global health.

Specific Issues Related to International Health

There are organizations set up to address specific issues related to international health. Such organizations might include those that focus on poverty, population growth and reproductive health. All of these items are related in some way to global health, and some of these specific issues, when addressed, can result in improved health outcomes around the world.

  1. One International: This blog focuses on issues affecting global poverty, including global health issues like vaccines, HIV/AIDS and maternal health.
  2. Save the Children: Focuses on issues especially related to children and infants.
  3. East Meets West: Foundation devoted to issues of development, including international health.
  4. CPGC Blog: The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship looks at education and development, which can impact global health and wellness.
  5. State of the Planet: The Earth Institute at Columbia looks at health issues as part of development and sustainability.
  6. Direct Relief International: Medical supplies and other helpful efforts in international health.
  7. PSI Healthy Lives: Looks at impacts of different population and health issues.
  8. The Population Council: Addresses issues related to population, including health.
  9. Center for Global Development: Looks at poverty and other development issues that can impact global health.
  10. CARE: Posts on issues of global import, including health, poverty and reproduction.
  11. Pathfinder Field Journal: Focuses on reproductive health, especially as it relates to birth control.
20 Essential Web Apps to Monitor Disease Outbreaks Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:08:27 +0000 For many healthcare professionals, keeping up with disease outbreaks just makes good sense for both home and work. Knowing what’s going on in your area can help you keep yourself safe at work, help you spot potential victims of outbreaks when you see them and can also help you keep your family healthy. Here are 20 web apps that can help you track disease outbreaks.

For Your iPhone

  1. Outbreaks Near Me: This application is based on health map and is being used regularly by medical professionals to track the H1N1 flu outbreaks. The application was created by researchers at Children’s Hospital in Boston with help from MIT. This app is also available for the Android.
  2. Mobile World Disaster: Mobile World Disaster can keep you updated on world disasters, like hurricanes and floods, as well as on disease outbreaks. This application is great not only for keeping up with disease outbreaks and weather issues in your own area, but for checking out places you’re planning to travel to.
  3. Swine Flu News Tracker: Specifically designed to track outbreaks of the H1N1 virus, this application has been unbelievably helpful over the past two flu seasons. It uses the same technology as Mobile World Disaster, but has been tailored to tracking the H1N1 virus.
  4. Influenza (H1N1) Tracker: Much like Swine Flu News Tracker, this application is specifically for informing about H1N1. This app breaks information down by country. However, within the US, you can also get it broken down by state, and includes the assessment level offered by the World Health Organization.
  5. FDA Mobile: Information on this app comes directly from the US Food and Drug Administration. This application delivers disease outbreak information straight to your phone, as well as allowing you to search for other information from the FDA, such as food warnings and drug interactions. You can even find out when the latest medical treatments and devices get FDA approval.
  6. CDC News Reader: This is all the outbreak information you need to know, straight from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Essentially, it sends you the latest news reports coming out of the CDCm, including disease outbreaks, emergency preparedness and travel notices.
  7. PEPID Tracker: You’ll find out all the disease related information you need to know with this iPhone application. This is a great application for people who travel, because you can see what’s going on in the part of the world you’re traveling to. This application is also available for your Android and your Palm Pre.
  8. Swine Flu Tracker: Another application designed primarily for H1N1 flu tracking. This app is aimed at travelers, and uses Google maps to display where the swine flu outbreaks have occurred. It also tracks where the flu is believed to be going.
  9. The Swine Flu Tracker: This app was created by Garafa, the GPS developer, and aimed at the H1N1 predicted epidemic from last year. However, it is not limited to tracking Swine Flu outbreaks.
  10. iEmergency: This app is really designed to help you after you’ve come down with an illness or had another emergency medical situation. You can store your allergies and other pertinent emergency information on your phone. If your phone is password protected, you can display a lock banner with your info.

For Your Android

  1. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual: Primarily aimed at healthcare professionals, this app includes the latest on identifying, managing, and preventing hundreds of infectious diseases, as well as public health news feeds and links to journal abstracts and citations. This is the most widely recognized reference for public health workers.
  2. Pathology and Disease: This application is a great way to learn more about the diseases that you find are spreading. It allows you to learn all about disease processes. This is a great application for all healthcare professionals.
  3. Infectious Diseases: This application for your Android is a great teaching too for helping users learn more about communicable diseases.
  4. : This application will give you all the information you need to ensure you’re prepared in the event of a flu pandemic.
  5. Infections: This app is another great tool for learning all about infectious diseases, such as symptoms, treatments and mortality rates.
  6. Travel Advisory Alerts: This application is the perfect one for travelers. It quickly updates you on all travel alerts, including disease outbreaks where you’re traveling.
  7. Health News: Get all the health news you need including alerts about disease outbreaks with this android app.

For Your Blackberry

  1. Flu Radar: Keep track of what’s going on this flu season with this app for your Blackberry.
  2. My Personal Health Record: Keep all of your personal health information in one convenient place, so that when you get sick from the flu or another communicable disease while traveling, your physician will have everything he needs.

For your Palm Pre

  1. Profile MD: This is a great personal health record for your phone. You can keep your allergies, drugs and any medical alert information right at your fingertips.
6 Quick and Easy Ways to Travel Healthier Mon, 02 Aug 2010 06:51:12 +0000 It is therefore is very necessary to take good care of your health while you are on travel as to enjoy your journey to its fullest and with entirety. In case, if you are not alert to  take care of yourself and more concerned when you are going for journey then you can sometimes even can spoil all excitement and fun at journey. So you should follow as below provided steps as to remain healthy when you are on the tour and journey of a place.

  1. Always plan ahead of journey whether there are required any immunizations or vaccinations before setting on journey. Some vaccines don’t reach the highest protection until about 6 weeks after you get the shots.  Before going for journey there should be a medical and dental check up before taking the trip to the place for journey.
  2. More natural and practical is that you should first enquire with your doctor about taking any vaccine on the journey.  Some general Vaccine a person should take on journey includes Hepatitis A or hepatitis A immune globulin, Hepatitis B, Influenza (the flu), Japanese encephalitis, Measles-mumps-rubella, Meningococcal meningitis and  Yellow fever
  3. However, the another important way to keep you healthier while on a travel to a place of importance with respect to leisure activities is eating carefully at place of increased risk of traveler’s diarrhea.  Steaming-hot, well-cooked food is best to eat and one should always avoid eating from street vendors and unpasteurized dairy products.
  4. In case you are traveling an area with having risk for malaria than you should take some preventive medicine for malaria and other diseases. Always keep in your mind to take medicine for malaria, even, before you leave on the trip. Take that medicine during journey and even enjoy them if you take it for 4 weeks even after you get home.
  5. Never take up overcrowded transportation and avoid journeying in vehicles without any safety belts. Always wear a helmet in case you are riding a motorcycle. Do not drive at night at areas which are not familiar to you.
  6. While you are set to take journey you should check out your first aid box for having all compulsory and necessary medications being in it. There medicine should be in the box for diarrhea and upset stomach. Check for medicines for cold. Also keep in first aid box medicine for Pain like as aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen, ibuprofen. Scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, pocket knife, thermometer, mirror, hand wipes and hand sanitizers should be the part of First Aid Box.
5 Most Famous Health Administrators in History Fri, 04 Jun 2010 05:16:11 +0000 Health care administrators or health services administrators play different role in health care system. There are two types of administrators, generalists and specialists. Generalists are individuals who are responsible for managing or helping to manage an entire facility and specialists look around a specific branch of health. Below are mentioned some health care administrator famous in history.

  1. Henry Norman Bethune: He was a Canadian physician and medical innovator and was better know for his medical services during the Spanish Civil War and with the People’s Liberation Army during the Second Sino Japanese War. He created the first mobile blood-transfusion service in Spain in 1936. He was the pioneer of theory of socialized medicine and formed the Montreal Group for the Security of People’s Health.
  2. Christian Albert Theodor Billroth: He was a German born Austrian surgeon and an amateur musician. He is considered as founding father of the present day abdominal surgery. He is held responsible for great achievements in surgery including the first esophagectomy (1871), the first laryngectomy (1873), and above all the most famous and predominant successful gastrectomy (1881) for gastric cancer. He also put great efforts of him in creating first modern school of thought in surgery.
  3. Guy de Chauliac: He was born in, Chaulhac, Lozère France, the son of French peasants. After learning medicine and anatomy he became physician to three popes.  He was among the most important physicians of his time, and his ideas were in circulation and in cause for about 200 years. Chauliac’s Chirurgia magna is his seminal work on surgery covering anatomy, bloodletting, cauterization, drugs, anesthetics, wounds, and fractures, ulcers, special diseases, and antidotes involving other things.
  4. Marcello Malpighi: He was an Italian doctor, who developed many concepts related to physiological features. In 1956 he received a chair of medical practice in the university, after three years when he applied for the position. Later same year, the University of Pisa created a chair of theoretical medicine for him. In 1667 Henry Oldenburg invited Malpighi to correspond with the Royal Society regularly and he became a fellow the next year, the first such recognition given to an Italian.
  5. Jean-Martin Charcot: He was a French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology. He is termed as founder and father of modern neurology. His works has aggressively influenced the fields of neurology and psychology. He is called as “The Napoleon of the neuroses.” He to a greater extent was influenced by Spanish and Chinese Communist movements.  He specifically refused to work under Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalist government and insisted to help Chinese Communists therefore.
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Masters In International Health Mon, 24 May 2010 12:08:33 +0000 Focusing on theory lessons such as medical anthropology, biomedicine, epidemiology, tropical medicine, nutrition, sociology, clinical and nursing sciences, political science, parasitology and public health, Masters in International Health training is focused on providing professionals who can handle health issues affecting middle and low income societies. When pursuing these studies, concentration will be more levied on research methods and training and special emphasis is laid on how students can analyze and handle the more complex and serious diseases plaguing these groups.

Masters in International Health also focuses on aspects that affect regional and local health and how the relationship between the society and health system are inter-related to affect the general service offered in low and middle income societies. In essence, it will encompass all factors that affect health such as promotion of health and how to look for reliable preventive measures, how to treat various ailments and diseases and effective rehabilitation measures. Due to the fact that there are various social and economical aspects that hinder provision of quality health services, these studies will also explore the reasons that trigger these inequalities and use analytical methods to outline procedures through which this state can be reversed.

If you are interested in pursuing this line of study, then you can enroll for a Masters in International Health program online and have the chance to change the manner in which people perceive the medical industry. This program is especially ideal for medical practitioners who at one time or another have come face to face with the issues earlier mentioned. By pursuing these masters, they are better equipped with the necessary information and skills to approach and address these issues with effectiveness. Among some of the benefits students accrue from enrolling for online studies include; the opportunity to expand their career while still working due to the fact that they do not have to quit work, gaining access to tailor made programs which will suit their programs and gaining the necessary tools which will enable them to come up with conclusive, direct and appropriate mannerisms of dealing with the health issues that affect these disadvantaged groups on an international level.

Once you have decided to enroll for Masters in international Health studies, then you have to pick out an online university that will match up to your needs and on average the whole course may take up to one and a half years for full time students and approximately three years for students who prefer to spread the training period. The cost of the whole course may also vary from one university to another and as such, you should do proper background research to establish which online universities offer favorable prices. Successful graduates can get employment in international public health sectors, health work trainees development project officers and international research.