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Please distribute this to faculty and students interested in the World Health Organization
We are pleased to announce that the World Health Organization is partnering with the
Supercourse to distribute WHO Materials to our network and the friends of our network. The
first material is the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, which is the flagship journal of
WHO. Please examine the materials below. We will continue to feed information to you about
WHO. Please look at the Bulletin as it is one of the best sources of materials concerning global
health. You can read more about WHO at www.who.int.
We will continue to disseminate WHO materials. If you are reading this note about the
Supercourse and the WHO Bulletin for the first time, you can join the WHO Supercourse
distribution effort at www.pitt.edu/~super1/.
We are collaborating with a good friend, Najeeb Al-Shobaji, M.D., director of knowledge
management at WHO. He is building an important WHO project, the Global Health Library.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Proust
April 11-15 the BioVision 2010 meeting will be held at the Library of
Alexandria: www.bibalex.org/bva2010/. The BioVision meetings are one of the most important
scientific meetings, and we hope that you will come.
This conference will be very important for the Supercourse, as at the meeting the BA Scientific
Supercourse will be rolled out. Faina, Eugene, Francois and I just returned from the Library of
Alexandria. It is very exciting what Dr. Serageldin and his team at the Library has built for the
Supercourse of Science. With the Scientific Supercourse we are capturing the lectures of science.
This includes elite lectures from Nobel Prize winners. We will populate the site with over 40,000
Not only is the meeting important, but the Library of Alexandria is one of the most beautiful, and
Shortly after the meeting we will begin the dissemination of the Scientific Supercourse. We will
first distribute the information to the Medical and Public Health school deans, then the
Agriculture deans, and then the Ministries of Health. We hope to eventually have a million
lectures available, and in contact with a million scientists. We will approach the deans of your
schools, also we will ask you to distribute our information to your faculty and students, thus we
will work top down through the deans, and bottom up. We believe that we will be able to reach a
large percentage of faculty and students as we are partnering with the Library of Alexandria, and
the World Health Organization. It is likely that most deans and faculty will forward the
materials what with the Library and Alexandria and WHO partnering with us. We plan to create
the largest network in health and agriculture. We are also planning to reach faculty in the field
of the environment and engineering. We must thank the network of students and young faculty
worldwide who have done glorious work fishing. We would appreciate your comments at
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a
Once we start to build the network of professors and students, we will have created perhaps one
of the largest human knowledge network of the best minds in the world, yours. We will develop
this network as a means to answer scientific questions.
A single conversation with a wise man is worth a month's study of books.
With the Library of Alexandria, and WHO, we will be pushing very hard on the Supercourse of
We have been very surprised as to the interest in our Supercourse Calendar. Over 1600 people
worldwide have our Calendar on their walls.
They know the day because of us!! You too can still determine the day of the year according to
www.pitt.edu/~super1/ACalendar2010/calendar2010.htm. Eugene also suggested that one
consider the calendar as a screen saver.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” Confucius
Our Haiti Lecture became the number one page ranked lecture out of 1.8 million. It is now
translated into Arabic at www.pitt.edu/~super1/. We are prepared for major disasters with JIT
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This month: In an editorial, Maggie A Montgomery and Jamie Bartram challenge the utility of
surgery and antibiotics for the elimination of blinding trachoma in the absence of adequate
A second editorial Haik Nikogosian writes about the importance of international cooperation and
assistance for the success of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco
Simon Capewell et al. propose scenarios to reduce cardiovascular deaths in the United States of
The political situation in Pakistan is jeopardizing worldwide efforts to eradicate polio, writes
Thailand tries to ensure costly renal replacement therapy does not threaten universal health
coverage, reports Apiradee Treerutkuarkul.
Amnesty LeFevre et al. examine the cost-effectiveness of skin creams to prevent infections in
Consumption of fast food and sugary drinks has caused a rise in obesity and diabetes, reports
Michael Reid from the United Arab Emirates.
Josephine Katabaazi Nakyanzi et al. assess how to prevent waste and expiry in the Ugandan
Savitri Goonesekere tells Sarah Cumberland how the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child works as a powerful accountability measure in Sri Lanka.
Daniel Pilger et al. find that mass treatment with ivermectin may reduce head-lice infestations in
Shankar Prinja et al. assess strategies to ensure Indian children are immunized at the appropriate
KF O’Grady et al. evaluate the effectiveness of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in
João Paulo Souza et al. review maternal “near miss” records in eight Latin American countries.
Suzanne Cross et al. highlight the need to differentiate between pregnancy-related causes and
other causes of maternal death in developing countries.
SV Subramanian et al. find a link between education levels and how people rate their own health.
Volume 88, Number 2, February 2010, 81-160
United States of America: Halving coronary deaths; Pakistan: Politics and polio; Thailand:
Health finance; Bangladesh: Which barrier is best?; United Arab Emirates: Weighty problems;
Uganda: Expiry of essential medicines; Sri Lanka: Health and human rights; Brazil: Ivermectin
for head lice; India: Vaccinations at the right time; Australia: Preventing pneumonia; Warning
lights on maternal death; Why do mothers die?; Who to believe?
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Short-sightedness in sight-saving: half a strategy will not eliminate blinding trachoma
- Maggie A Montgomery & Jamie Bartram
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WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: a key milestone
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Human rights and health go hand-in-hand. An interview with Savitri Goonesekere Full article
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Household-wide ivermectin treatment for head lice in an impoverished
community: randomized observer-blinded controlled trial
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Effectiveness of planning and management interventions for improving age-appropriate
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Cost-effectiveness of skin-barrier-enhancing emollients among preterm infants in Bangladesh
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Maternal near miss and maternal death in the World Health Organization’s
2005 global survey on maternal and perinatal health
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Cardiovascular risk factor trends and potential for reducing coronary heart disease mortality in
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Self-reported health assessments in the 2002 World Health Survey: how do they correlate with
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Effectiveness of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine against radiologically diagnosed
pneumonia in indigenous infants in Australia - KF O’Grady et al.
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What you count is what you target: the implications of maternal death classification for tracking
progress towards reducing maternal mortality in developing countries
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Expiry of medicines in supply outlets in Uganda
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