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gnStories about nurses & related health issues are most often under-reported in traditional media. With NIGH’s mandate to increase public awareness about these concerns, this website seeks to improve our global understanding of the dynamics that decrease or improve the health of people worldwide.

 

Shown here on the left, Evelyn Shober, a Family Nurse Practitioner student from the Samuel Merritt College at the Sacramento Regional Nursing Center in Sacramento, California. She joined a two-week mission to local hospitals, orphanages and villages in and around Vientiane, the capitol of Laos. Featured during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse, this story is one of our examples of 21st Century Nightingales. Read more >>

How will the financial crisis affect health?

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Global recession is likely to damage our health as well as our wealth, but it also offers an opportunity to build a more equitable economic model. Sir Michael Marmot Director of the International Institute for Society and Health and Chair of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and Dr Ruth Bell, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, explain the issues.

The courageous heart of Irene Sendler

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The Nightingale Initiative of Global Health pays tribute to the daring and courage of Irena Sendler, one of the most remarkable heroes of World War II, who saved the lives of 2500 Jewish children, during the German occupation of Poland.
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The G20 Summit: can we trust the IMF with global health?

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The G20 summit in London agreed in principle to raise a staggering $1.1 trillion to help save the world from the effects of the global economic meltdown. Much of the funds pledged would be funnelled through the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But according to a document published by ActionAid USA, there is mounting evidence that the economic policies promoted and enforced by the IMF may prevent developing countries from being able to spend more in their national budgets, with drastic consequences for health and education budgets being constrained at unnecessarily low levels.
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National Black Nurses Association takes action on global health

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The National Black Nurses Association (NBA) is organizing a major international  conference to implement strategies to improve global health outcomes.  The conference will take place in Toronto from 2 to 6 August 2009.

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International Scientists Urge New Safety Rules for Cell Phones

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Public health concerns and scientific evidence for risks from cell phones and other wireless devices has been published in the journal Pathophysiology. Read more...

A Nightingale museum for the 21st century

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2010, the centenary of Nightingale’s death, is an ideal moment to relaunch the world-famous Florence Nightingale Museum , based in London.
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Visitors at the Mapparium in the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the site to launch Dr. Jean Watson's Million Nurse Project—during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse—to radiate heart-centered Love, Caring and Compassion through individual and collective global meditations. Photo Courtesy of the Mary Baker Eddy Library.