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Strengthening Health Systems To Reach the Poor

"The health sector is part of the reason why there are health inequalities," said Cesar Victora, an emeritus professor of epidemiology at the Federal University of Pelotas, at "Strengthening Health Systems To Reach the Poor," an Environmental Change and Security Program event co-sponsored with the Global Health Initiative on July 15, 2008.

Decentralization and Democratization of Natural Resource Management

"Most developing countries right now are engaged in some form of democratic decentralization," explained World Resources Institute Senior Associate and former Wilson Center Fellow Jesse Ribot. "I haven't found any that does not claim to also be decentralizing some aspect of natural resource management.

Beyond Disasters: Creating Opportunities for Peace

When natural disasters befall conflict-ridden regions, they can reignite pre-existing disputes among the warring parties, as well as trigger new clashes over the distribution of relief and reconstruction resources. However, notes Michael Renner, a senior researcher at Worldwatch Institute, "When disasters occur in conflict zones, they sometimes do have an unexpected silver lining.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Thirst

The Environmental Change and Security Project and the DC Environmental Film Festival co-hosted the presentation of Thirst on March 15, 2005, at the Wilson Center. Directed by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman, the film documents community efforts in Bolivia, India, and the United States to confront government plans to privatize water services.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Drowned Out

The 2004 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital and the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Project cosponsored a screening of Spanner Films' Drowned Out, about a village in India fighting the construction of a giant dam that threatens to flood it.

The Human Dimensions of Environmental Security: Some Insights from South Asia

Is poverty a necessary condition for environmental degradation and resource scarcity to lead to conflict and insecurity? During this discussion, Adil Najam explored this question and presented the key findings that emerged from a regional research project that explored environment and security in South Asia. This project resulted in the recently published volume, Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (Najam, 2003).

Improving Transportation and Referral for Maternal Health

"Referral has been called an orphan cause," said Patricia Bailey, public health specialist for Family Health International and Columbia University, because it is "everybody's responsibility and therefore nobody's responsibility."

Health, Population, and Nutrition in India: Key Findings from the 2005-06 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3)

On November 5, 2007, the Wilson Center hosted the U.S. launch of India's much-anticipated third National Family Household Survey (NFHS-3). The household survey contains data collected from 200,000 individuals, across population groups throughout India, and provides information about vital health and welfare indicators.

Urban Health in Asia: Growing Needs and Challenges Among the Poorest Populations

"Slum and urban populations (are) the fastest growing segments of any country's population, particularly in developing countries," said Siddharth Agarwal, executive director of the Urban Health Resource Centre in India. Dr.

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