While there have been extraordinary developments in medicine and public health over the last two centuries, in the poorer regions of the world we have failed to deliver on the promise of medical science. As just one example, each year around one million children under the age of five die as a result of infections from drinking dirty water. Technologies exist or are being developed to address such global health problems, but implementing them needs a careful understanding of how …



Water & development

The 2014 WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) Report estimates that nearly 780 million people remain without reliable access to safe drinking water across the globe. The problem is exacerbated within the Millennium Development Goals by the inclusion of proximity to protected dug wells, protected springs and rainwater collection within the definition of access to safe drinking water. Consequently the number of people at risk of waterborne disease through exposure to unsafe drinking water is considerably higher than the JMP indicates. …

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3U Diabetes consortium identifies a biomarker that could help predict the onset of Type 1 diabetes

A significant finding has been made by the 3U Diabetes Consortium, of Dublin City University, Maynooth University and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), which has the potential to contribute to the identification of biological markers that predict the development of Type 1 diabetes, a chronic autoimmune disease. The findings, which have been published in the Diabetes UK online journal Diabetic Medicine, showed the presence of a substance called 12-HETE in blood samples provided by newly diagnosed Type …

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Health outcomes are tightly linked to social, economic, and political inequalities, both between and within countries. A social justice approach to global health demands frank recognition that health is often as much a problem of morality and politics as it is a problem of biomedical science and clinical practice. A social justice approach to health conceives the health of persons and populations as a public good, worth investing in for the benefit of all. Social justice reflects therefore a commitment …



Global Health, HIV, & AIDS: A New Consensus? Sixteen years after the advent of protease inhibitors and effective combination therapy for HIV infection, the nature of the AIDS epidemic is changing. While some milestones for global efforts to halt the epidemic have been missed, notably Millenium Development Goal 6.2 (‘achieve universal access to treatment for all those who need it by 2010’), optimism is brewing that an effective and powerful synthesis of biomedical and behavioral, or clinical and community, approaches …



COSYST-MNCH is a partnership of RCSI (lead), DCU, College of Medicine(CoM), University of Malawi and Concern Worldwide Ireland and Malawi. It is funded through Irish Aid/HEA. The goal of the project is to achieve a better understanding of community systems factors underpinning maternal, newborn and child health services in Malawi, focusing on the health dimensions of the first 1000 days of life. COSYST-MNCH has two components. The first, is research case studies of districts and community settings where partners are …