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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Health in Africa

Since my own research over the past several years has focused on spatial inequalities in health in Accra, Ghana, the broader issue of health in Africa is obviously of interest to me. However, it really should be of interest to all of us, since sub-Saharan Africa is projected to have the fastest rate of population growth of any region in the world between now and the middle of this century. Thus, you really should tune it to a "Health Check" podcast by BBCNews on the topic of "Science Africa 3: What if..."
Four leading doctors [and this is an all-star cast] who have all worked on AIDS in Uganda discuss how to improve Africa’s health with Gareth Mitchell and Alan Kasujja.
Full disclosure: it is a 49 min podcast, so be ready for that.

Spoiler alert: If you have seen the Broadway hit "Book of Mormon" you will especially relate to this.

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