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Global health briefs - July 2013

July / August 2013 | Volume 12, Issue 4

Tool links research sites, sponsors

A new online application to encourage research collaborations has been developed by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The SiteFinder tool aims to help investigators promote themselves to potential collaborators and sponsors, while also enabling research groups planning studies to publicize their plans.

Preparing to tackle cancer globally

A new annual publication addresses various aspects of cancer control in low-resource countries, including policymaking, advocacy, risk factors, epidemiology, early detection, treatment and palliative care.

Rising temperatures pose dangers

Developing countries will face significant health risks if temperatures rise by 4 degrees Celsius within this century, according to a new World Bank report. A warmer world would keep millions trapped in poverty and expose them to unprecedented heat waves, severe drought and major floods.

Report targets child marriage

Child marriage perpetuates poverty and is linked to poor health, curtailed education, violence and instability, according to a report from the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. The study, "Ending Child Marriage: How Elevating the Status of Girls Advances U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives," says about 16 million girls give birth each year.

USAID launches water strategy

The U.S. has developed a plan to alleviate the world's shortage of adequate water and sanitation. "The USAID Water and Development Strategy" intends to improve health and strengthen global food security.

Foundation for NIH reports on activities

"Collaboration for Innovation" is the title of the Foundation for NIH's 2012 report, which details its most innovative and successful initiatives, spanning areas from global health to personalized medicine, education and training. The FNIH raises funds and creates public-private partnerships to support the NIH mission.

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