By Penelope Gray, UN Millenium Development Goals course participant.
The last in a series of global impacting ambitions: to develop a global partnership for development. The last in a series but encompassing enormous issues such as fair trading, foreign debt, foreign aid, pharmaceutical companies’ role in drug availability in developing countries and increasing use and availability of new technologies in developing countries.
“The main aim of the course is to describe and analyze variation in health between and within countries. It offers a public health perspective on the global burden of disease through measurements and determinants of health. The course combines different teaching methods: lectures, self-study, and exercises using gapminder tools (Gapminder.org) to analyze indicators.”
Read more about the course here: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-global-health-kix-kiglobalhx#.VIucW77KbDk
A course on Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Course time: Starting January 2015
Pre-Enrollment open now. (http://www.themooc.net/Pre-Enrollment-Form.asp)
By Anna Simula & Tea Tellismäe, UN Millenium Development Goals course participants
When you think about maternity, what are the first things that come into your mind? Asking the same question from my close ones, I mostly received answers like pregnancy, preparations for birth, baby, happiness and other positive feelings and thoughts about the new family member. And why wouldn’t it be?
Questions such as how exactly should the women get to the hospital in time, is there enough healthcare staff, do they have enough skills to assist you in the delivery – none of these are likely to be on the worry list of an expectant woman. In the Northern Europe, we have many rules and strategies about how quickly the ambulance should arrive at the scene, or about the qualifications of the hospital staff, who are equipped and prepared for assisting in the normal birth and also ready for any abnormalities and emergencies, such as caesarean section, vacuum extraction etc.