Monthly Archives: December 2014

“All men are created equal but some are more equal than others” –a world of foreign debt and unfair trade…

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.

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An Introduction to Global Health – edx online course

“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 ( to analyze indicators.”

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Planet-friendly lives

By Marjukka Monni and Crina Samarghitean, UN Millenium Development Goals course participants.

MDG 7 (environmental sustainability) is nowadays so normal way of thinking, that it sometimes seems to be forgotten, how things still are going to a bad direction. Also, as there are many ways to live our lives, there are also as many ways to live planet-friendly.
For example in Finland, many good things are already being done. Every new building have to be practical, equipped with the latest technology, but also fit nicely in the nature. Even the bikes have winter flat tires and you can see people driving their bikes also during winter times. Lakes are in much better condition than in the 80’s. Sanitization methods of the water are also exported in less developed countries.

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Maternal Mortality

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.

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