Archive for May, 2015

As we anticipation Baba’s cabinet, many within the global health community hope Dr. Pate gets the nod..

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(c) Felix Abrahams Obi
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Nigeria has in the last couple of years attracted considerable attention within the global health community for the wrong reasons. We have one of the worst health indices in Africa despite our leadership position in the continent and clearly will not meet the health-related MDGs targets especially for Maternal, New-born and Child Health (MNCH) by the end of 2015. Nigeria’s 2015 target for MDG4 (Under-5 mortality) is 70 deaths per 1,000 live-births and 250 deaths per 100,000 live-births for Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR). However, the findings of the current National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) show that under-5 mortality is 128 per 1,000 live births, while the MMR stands at 576 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Nigeria is recording approximately 800,000 under-5 deaths every year, accounting for about 11% of total global under-five deaths.

As much as 40% of these deaths result from diseases that…

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From ‘System 1’ MDGs to ‘System 2’ SDGs: the wrong way?

Post2015.org - what comes after the MDGs?

This post is written by Jan Vandemoortele, formerly with the UN and co-architect of the MDGs.

In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2012), Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and Nobel laureate in economics, describes two aspects of the human brain through which we process information and make associations and decisions. He speaks of two systems: System 1 and System 2. The former is intuitive, quick and easy; the latter is analytical, slow, arduous and often lazy.

Although quick, System 1 is prone to make us jump to conclusions on the basis of what seems familiar, often without realising it. Kahneman writes, “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth”. Indeed, sheer repetition can make any idea ring true; as we easily default to well-established associations. In order to avoid such mistakes, System 2 kicks in to check our intuitions…

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Dear doctors, be kind to each other….

Dharmaraj Karthikesan's Blog

I met a young doctor who used to work under me recently. I had just completed my night rounds in the hospital and I was leaving for home.

And then I saw him. He was unkempt, exhausted and appeared famished. Worst of all, he looked like a man who has totally given up on being a doctor. He appeared hesitant when I asked him what was wrong, but I could not just leave him there.

After much persuasion and insistence on my part he agreed to join me for a late supper. While he ravaged through his first proper meal of the day, he finally opened up. He has started working for the past week in a new speciality. Though the hours are longer, it was not an issue. He was well aware of the sacrifices he was expected to make.

However, the degradation, humiliation and constant harassment have finally taken…

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