Infectious diseases, like malaria, travel where we travel. This spread of disease can be deadly, with an estimated 445,000 malaria-related deaths worldwide in 2016. While mosquitos cannot travel long distances, we can. Further, malaria does not spread only from mosquito to human, but also from human to mosquito. This means that long distance travel can re-introduce malaria to areas in which the disease has already been eradicated.
Health and Nutrition
The political, social, and economic health of a nation and the health of its individual people are inextricably linked. Only with citizens of able body and mind can a country hope to build a vibrant, inclusive, and equitable economy and raise living standards. From product innovation to big data analysis to strengthening community health systems, Dalberg works with governments, donors, the private sector, and NGOs to achieve positive outcomes in global health and nutrition in the world’s most underserved regions.
Safe Surgery for Women: Sharing Rahel's Story
All women, everywhere, should be able to access safe surgical care.
Up until 2016, when a mother living in Mehoni, a remote town of 20,000 people in northern Ethiopia, faced complications in childbirth she was referred to a hospital 25 kilometers away for a C-section. The journey to this hospital was difficult for women in labor and many women and their babies died before ever reaching the operating room.
Chasing Viruses and Elevating Cities - Global Health Old and New Quests
The year 2017 witnessed multiple changes and fresh new challenges for the global health community. The WHO and the Global Fund elected new leadership at their helm, several promising public and private initiatives were launched, at a time where traditional donor funding is shrinking mainly due to anticipated U.S. government budget cuts to global health programs. Despite the prevailing context of uncertainty, we at Dalberg have selected two global health areas, old and new, that warrant a closer look: global health security and city-level focus to improve population health.
Tackling the Silent Epidemic of Cancer in Low and Middle-Income Countries
Nour Sharara is a Senior Consultant in Dalberg's Dakar office, and worked as part of a team to develop The Global Oncology Map while at Harvard.
Developing the Field of Planetary Health
We worked with the Rockefeller Foundation to develop a new approach to addressing global human health challenges by understanding the underlying environmental foundations for health. We then identified specific entry points for investment. This new approach - Planetary Health - seeks to uncover new solutions to entrenched as well as emerging health challenges in developed and developing countries.
Furthering Sleeping Sickness Control Efforts
We worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to re-evaluate its strategy to further sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis, TB gambiense) control efforts, and determine the potential of a push to disease elimination.
The Planet's Health is Essential to Prevent Infectious Disease
Driving Demand for Chlorhexidine Toolkit
In 2015, 2.7 million babies died within their first 28 days of life. The first 28 days of life – termed the neonatal period – is recognized as the most vulnerable time for a child’s survival. But there’s hope – because of a number of effective interventions and programs, the number of neonatal deaths has decreased over 40% since 1990. How can we continue, and accelerate progress, in reducing such neonatal deaths?
Prototyping Market Entry Strategies in Global Health
We worked with a large global health organization to prototype market entry strategies for two product innovations, one in reproductive health and the other a tablet-based application for labor and delivery across multiple markets in East Africa and Asia.
Why Human-Centered Design is Critical to Preparing for Global Health Epidemics
With the announcement of a viable Ebola vaccine coming almost three years after the Ebola outbreak began, questions around how prepared we are to fight future pandemics remain unanswered. The vaccine stands out as one of the only concrete advancements made towards preventing future Ebola outbreaks. Globally, too little has been done to learn from the crisis and improve responses to future health emergencies. The underwhelming reaction to the Zika virus only confirms fears that we still aren’t adequately prepared for the next global health crisis.