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31 August 2009

My posts have been rather short of late, mostly a compilation of links. This post will be no exception. I wish I could say my limited blogging has been a victim of whirlwind vacation adventures across the world, but it’s actually because I’m in the midst of applying to jobs in a downturned academic market. Blogging time has thus taken a hit. But after Labor Day…

  • It was actually two years ago now that I had posted about a young man in Malawi and his windmill. I continue to find his story inspiring and look forward to his forthcoming autobiography, especially after this review.
  • As the new school year is quickly approaching, Chris Blattman gives some advice to students.
  • There are some health problems that I think deserve as much, if not more, attention than AIDS; maternal mortality is one of them. From the Washington Post, I learned that in Sierra Leone, one in eight women die in childbirth (HT: duckrabbit). A couple of weeks ago, I learned something new from Karen Grepin’s post highlighting the frequency of post-partum hemhorrage in maternal deaths. More recently, she reminds us that America is not immune to maternal mortality.
  • Another bio I’m interested in reading after an interview with the author on PRI last week is Strength in What Remains. Easterly wrote a review about the book in the WSJ, which prompted my favorite blog post of the week: a response from a reader in Burundi:

    Burundi is certainly very poor, and I am working with the landless Batwa, by far the poorest of the poor. But I am more struck by affirmations of human dignity than I am by human degradation, and I live quite safely here as a single woman. Public health in Burundi is what one might expect in a nation still emerging from a long civil war, but even in healthcare, there are bright spots; e.g., a well-functioning national tuberculosis plan.

  • Finally, the debate on poverty porn continues with a recent video from Doctors Without Borders and this post from Aid Thoughts links to a great video featuring Djimon Hounsou.
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