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Global Health

Disease Forecasting

Relying on satellites, computers, African hunters and even the humble chicken, researchers are building disease warning systems to catch viruses on the verge of sparking epidemics.

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Contraceptive Use Averts 272,000 Maternal Deaths Worldwide
Contraceptive use likely prevents more than 272,000 maternal deaths from childbirth each year. Satisfying the global unmet need for contraception could reduce maternal deaths an additional 30 percent.

Improving Global Road Safety
Road traffic crashes kill more than 1.2 million people each year, with 90 percent of those fatalities occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Yet despite a growing body of data to support effective and proven interventions, proportional funding for implementation in developing countries has not been forthcoming, leaving a gap between evidence and action.

Identifying the Causes of Childhood Death
Physical abuse of pregnant women significantly raises the risk of death for their children in the earliest stages of childhood.

Saving Newborns
Cleansing a newborn’s umbilical cord with chlorhexidine can reduce an infant’s risk of infection and death during the first weeks of life by as much as 20 percent, according to a study led by researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Freedom from Smoking
The School is a partner in Michael Bloomberg’s $125 million initiative to help stop the worldwide epidemic of tobacco use, which kills 5 million people each year.

Body Weight and the Risk of Death
In one of the largest studies on body-mass index (BMI), JHSPH researchers found that having either a high or low BMI increases the risk of death.