Marc Silver

It started with a poster he made at Kinko's and displayed at his wedding in May 2007: Would guests donate to help start a new kind of health care program in Liberia? He got $6,000. Now he's won a million dollar prize for his efforts. Dr. Raj Panjabi is a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the founder of Last Mile Health , which trains people from the community to provide health care in isolated parts of Liberia — a country where doctors are in short supply and some 1.2...

Do you know any global health stories that should be getting coverage — but are overlooked by the media? That's the question behind the Untold Global Health Stories contest, sponsored by the Goats and Soda blog, Global Health Now and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) . The goal is to bring vital but neglected stories to the public eye. We invite our readers to nominate a health issue that deserves urgent attention but has largely been underreported or ignored by the...

Ian Brennan wanted to make a record with music performed by prisoners. He's a Grammy-winning record producer who likes to bring attention to the voices of people who aren't usually heard. So when he heard that a prison in Malawi had a band, off he went to the maximum security facility. "We just took the leap of faith and went down there," says Brennan, a California native who has worked with artists like Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bill Frisell and who now lives in Italy. Brennan first visited...

Paul Farmer has spent a lot of time in Haiti over the last three decades. But what he saw on his visit this past week left him "surprised and upset and humbled." Farmer is a physician and Harvard Medical School professor who co-founded the nonprofit Partners in Health . He's been a tireless advocate for Haitians, Haiti and the universal right to health care in even the poorest of countries. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the group built University Hospital in Mirebalais, which has 300...

Here at Goats and Soda, we are always on the prowl for breaking goat news . And this week was a good week for goats. Goats to the rescue In Cameroon, there's a new program to help needy families displaced by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, reported Voice of America . The strategy: Give them a pair of goats. Working with the government of Cameroon, the French Red Cross will distribute a male and female goat to 510 households, writes journalist Moki Edwin Kindzeka. The...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY97iebYBEg The star of a new HBO documentary called Open Your Eyes is wizened and gray, although she's most likely only in her 60s – exact ages can be hard to figure out in Nepal, where she lives. She lives with her husband and son and young granddaughter. Playing with the child in an early scene in the film, she says, "When I feel her toes, it feels like mine." But she doesn't know for sure. That's because Manisara's eyes do not see. She has...

On Sunday, aid worker Jeremiah Young couldn't tell if he was hearing thunderclaps or bombs. That's the scene in Juba, capital of South Sudan. Rainy season has begun. And intense fighting broke out on Thursday — a new round of fighting between supporters of the vice president and troops backing the president. Heavy gunfire was exchanged, along with mortar and grenade explosions. As the conflict erupted, an estimated 30,000 people fled their homes, seeking safer ground. Another 30,000 had...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZQ2RUFd54o What do girls want? What do they really, really want? That's the topic of the 1996 song "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, which was definitely aimed at would-be boyfriends ("get your act together we could be just fine"). Now the song is back with a new message. The U.N.'s Project Everyone — a group founded by filmmaker Richard " Love Actually " Curtis — has put out a video with the original recording but a new girl power emphasis. In the video,...

When a goat gazes into your eyes, it may be issuing a silent plea for help. That's the suggestion from a new study of goats co-authored by Christian Nawroth, who researches animal cognition at Queen Mary University of London, published in Biology Letters . Last summer at the Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent, England, 34 goats watched as a researcher put a piece of uncooked penne pasta on the lid of a Tupperware container and then placed the...

Did you know the United Kingdom is one of the most generous countries in the world when it comes to aid for global health and development? The amount given in 2015 was the equivalent of $18.7 billion in U.S. dollars. That's second only to the $31.08 billion from the United States. It's an impressive total given the comparative size of the two countries and their economies. And the U.K. is one of the few countries that have met the 0.7 percent figure . Back in 1970, the U.N. set a goal for...

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