Global Health Checkup is a podcast from Project HOPE focusing on news, issues, events and trends in international development and disaster relief operations. The podcast features experts, thought leaders, and people on the frontlines who are building the health capacity of nations struggling against the burdens of disease, outbreaks and humanitarian disasters. The podcast highlights international efforts to respond to health emergencies and innovative approaches to combat HIV/AIDS, TB, maternal and child mortality and more.

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The First Humanitarian Crisis of 2018

December 29, 2017
A massive humanitarian crisis is building in Yemen, where a civil war is raging that is exacerbating already grave challenges to a health care system compromised by years of political turmoil. More than a million suspected cases of cholera, a generational diphtheria outbreak among children and an elevated level of maternal mortality are just the early warning signs of a public health emergency that is likely to get far worse. Project HOPE’s President Rabih Torbay has just returned from Yemen and reports on the dire and worsening conditions in a country where many doctors and health workers are putting in 20 hour shifts in desperate conditions. He offers a plan for how the international community, NGOs and concerned donors can help and calls for an international conference to address war-torn Yemen’s urgent humanitarian and long term health care infrastructure needs.

A Laser Focus on AIDS in Ethiopia

December 1, 2017
The world is entering a new phase in the AIDS epidemic. And Ethiopia is at the center of groundbreaking new approaches to tackling the disease, especially in urban areas of the country where it is at its most potent. A new $40 million program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, in which Project HOPE is the leading partner, is targeting significant cuts in transmission rates, as Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project HOPE reveals in the latest episode of Global Health Checkup.

Speed Saves Lives in Hurricane Season

September 29, 2017
Each of the monster hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria that barreled across the Caribbean and hit American citizens in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico over the last month posed unique challenges, whether in the form of torrential rains, storm surges or devastating wind damage. Project HOPE was on the ground quickly following each of these disasters to provide emergency and ongoing medical care. In this edition, Chris Skopec, HOPE’s Executive Vice President of Global Health and Emergency Response Programs, talks about the challenges of assessing needs and quickly deploying to a disaster zone in the wake of a natural disaster.

How One Moment Can Change a Life

August 24, 2017
Relief and development expert and President of Project HOPE, Rabih Torbay, has worked in some of the most dangerous conflict zones of the last two decades and navigated one humanitarian crisis after another. In this mini-episode, Rabih shares his unique personal story and tells us how he gave up a successful business for a lifetime in humanitarian and development work. Rabih explains how one moment, one story can change everything and take us down a completely different track.

The Refugees Next Door

August 14, 2017
The world is facing a new dimension to one of its perennial challenges — the plight of refugees. Exoduses of displaced people, from the Middle East, Africa and beyond, are straining the capacity of the international community to cope. The new challenge is that increasingly, refugees don’t end up in vast tent city camps. They live in urban areas where the host community is often almost as poor as the refugees themselves. This leaves governments and aid agencies with hard choices about who to help first. In this episode, Project HOPE President Rabih Torbay discusses the deepening refugee problem and the strain that urban refugees pose for the infrastructure of these places — especially health care systems. Rabih is uniquely qualified to discuss these issues. He has designed relief and development programs in some of the world’s most difficult environments and managed emergency response teams to help mitigate refugee crises in Iraq, Darfur, Libya, Sierra Leone and elsewhere in West Africa as well as in Haiti.

The Next Pandemic is Coming - Are We Prepared? (Part 2)

July 28, 2017
Good communication and information sharing is vital during a major health crisis. Alarming and inaccurate news coverage can spark widespread public panic and hamper efforts of authorities and NGOs to respond to an emergency. Our influential panel of experts from the media, public relations, global health, disaster relief and legal sectors discuss how best to frame disease outbreaks, strategies for maximizing the impact of accurate news coverage, and offer examples of effective communications tactics in a time of crisis.

The Next Pandemic is Coming - Are We Prepared? (Part 1)

July 27, 2017
Recent Ebola and Zika epidemics have tested and in some cases exposed the strategies that governments, global health NGOs and international organizations have in place to tackle major global health crises. In this episode, we look at the lessons learned from these health emergencies and ask whether the world is ready for when the next widespread pandemic hits. An influential panel of experts from the public sector, NGOs, foundations, academia and the private sector considers how the many different organizations and governments that are vital to preventing outbreaks, and limiting their toll when they occur, can best forge a unified response.

Every Breath China Takes

June 28, 2017
Health experts Jenny Xu and Lily Hsu discuss innovative efforts underway to address the dramatic increase in respiratory diseases caused by dangerous levels of air pollution in China – the downside of the massive economic growth of this rising superpower in recent decades.

U.S. Foreign Aid in Jeopardy

May 3, 2017
Dr. Tom Kenyon discusses the potential impact of sweeping U.S. budget cuts to foreign aid that will risk degrading local health systems vital to fighting the next major outbreak of contagious diseases. He also makes the case for foreign aid as an incalculable fund of goodwill towards the United States.

Beating the Deadliest Killer Disease

April 18, 2017
Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project HOPE and Dr. Alex Trusov, the Senior Director of Project HOPE's TB portfolio, consider how the world can up its game in the fight to end TB by 2035.

The Epidemic Had To Do With Love

April 6, 2017
Our first podcast episode features Dr. Tom Kenyon, the CEO of Project Health and former Director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health.  Dr. Kenyon tackles the issue of global health security and efforts to find, stop and prevent health threats worldwide.  He addresses the lessons learned from Ebola and Zika and shares his concerns over bioterrorism and future epidemics.

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