Participate in APRU & The New York Times Asia-Pacific Case Competition


The inaugural APRU–NYT Case Competition will bring together the best minds from universities in the Asia-Pacific region to raise awareness and solve a pressing issue: The Future of the Pacific Ocean. Students will have the opportunity to be published in The New York Times International Edition and read by an audience of global leaders. Continue reading Participate in APRU & The New York Times Asia-Pacific Case Competition

Mexico public health institute honors Jonathan Samet

Jonathan Samet INSP

The Institute of Public Health in Mexico (INSP) celebrated the career of Dr. Jonathan Samet, Flora L. Thornton Chair of the USC Department of Preventive Medicine and director of the USC Institute for Global Health, as part of its 30-year anniversary commemoration Jan. 27. Continue reading Mexico public health institute honors Jonathan Samet

Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study

Chittagong, Bangladesh (July 2, 2006) Ð Operation Smile volunteers Janet Casabon Benowitz and Dr. Bill Pond anesthetize a young child before undergoing corrective plastic surgery on his cleft lip aboard U.S. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), during the shipÕs visit to provide humanitarian and civic assistance to the people of Bangladesh. Mercy is on a five-month deployment to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, having recently completed 24 days of humanitarian assistance to the people of the southern Philippines. The medical crew aboard Mercy will provide general and ophthalmology surgery, basic medical evaluation and treatment, preventive medicine treatment, dental screenings and treatment, optometry screenings, eyewear distribution, public health training and veterinary services as requested by the host nations. Mercy is uniquely capable of supporting medical and humanitarian assistance needs and is configured with special medical equipment and a robust multi-specialized medical team that can provide a range of services ashore as well as aboard the ship. The medical staff is augmented with an assistance crew, many of whom are part of nongovernmental organizations that have significant medical capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joseph Caballero (RELEASED)

Most people who lack adequate access to surgical care reside in low and lower–middle income countries and few studies have analyzed the barriers that determine their ability to access surgical treatment. Continue reading Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study

Monitoring HIV-Related Laws and Policies: Lessons for AIDS and Global Health in Agenda 2030


The National Commitments and Policy Instrument (NCPI) has been used to monitor AIDS-related laws and policies for more than a decade. In this publication, USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights Director Sofia Gruskin and co-authors identify five areas that should be included in the next iteration of the NCPI and justify that its approach is relevant to participatory monitoring of targets in the health and other goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Authors: Torres A., Gruskin, S., Buse, K., Erkkola, T., Bendaud, V., Alfvén, T.
Published By: AIDS and Behavior
Date: January 2017
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Register to compete in the 2017 APRU Global Health Case Competition

APRU Global Health Case Competition 2016

The 2016 Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Case Competition was a great success with finalists and the winning team showcasing their video at the annual Global Health Conference at UNSW Australia. Next year, shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to present their entry at the APRU Global Health conference taking place in Manila, Philippines. Please see following timeline and registration details for the 2017 competition. Continue reading Register to compete in the 2017 APRU Global Health Case Competition

Could tobacco companies quit making traditional cigarettes?

Could tobacco companies quit making traditional cigarettes?

Amid declines in smoking and tightening regulations, companies may consider dropping traditional cigarettes entirely in favor of newer technologies, like e-cigarettes. Still, health experts remain skeptical of the alleged benefits behind the newer products.

USC Institute for Global Health Associate Director Heather Wipfli counters Philip Morris International’s latest claims in this Christian Science Monitor story.

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WORLD AIDS DAY: Moving beyond despair to concerted HIV activism

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is a time for reflection, remembrance and re-energizing efforts to address HIV. The latter seems particularly critical this year as we find ourselves in a state of political, economic and social upheaval such as has not been seen for decades.

Until recently, we seemed to be in an era of unprecedented global collaboration on health and, in particular, HIV. But, the UK’s decision to ‘Brexit’, the election of Trump in the US and the ascendance of conservative nationalist parties across Europe and much the rest of the world all signal a rejection of this sense of global community and solidarity, a marginalization of minorities and a return to more inward-looking nations where national interests eclipse international concerns at every turn. The implications for HIV responses are deeply troubling.

Read more of Laura Ferguson’s World AIDS Day blog post for the journal Reproductive Health Matters »