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November 16, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

I spent the past couple days at the Global Health Confernce in Montreal. It was bigger and better than its predecessor, CCIH, with some of the bigger guns in Global Health presenting. But for me the most interesting part was a presentation by a PhD student…

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October 31, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

HealthBridge has a team in Togo now carrying out the first of three surveys on bednet useage for malaria control. It will be a challenging series of surveys for many technical and logistical reasons. How to properly draw a random sample from an uncensused population and how to get survey teams to remote villages over poor roads are two of the problems we wrestle with for hours. But…

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September 30, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

We have impact in our work not only through impact on the health of communities where we work, but also through the capacity building and career opportunities that have been provided to the individuals who have worked with HealthBridge. When I joined HealthBridge in 1998 (then called PATH Canada) Sian FitzGerald and Debra Efroymson were already here in their current positions, but all other staff from 1998 have moved on and…

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August 4, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

There was a powerful commentary in the April/May 2011 issue of the Canadian Journal of Public Health by some of Canada's leading global health researchers which is deserving of wider attention. The authors critique the Canadian Grand Challenges(CGC) program, a new and…

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July 26, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

I recently re-read Steven Jay Gould's The Mismeasure of Man, a fascinating history and critique of attempts to quantify human intelligence, starting with craniometry in the 18th and 19th century, through the development of IQ tests in the 20th century. He provides evidence…

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June 25, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

     In the previous posting, I wrote with some pleasure about the frequency with which some of HealthBridge's papers have been cited.  But then shortly after that posting, I came across a reference to our 2004 paper in Public Health Nutrition that completely misrepresented the article!  So I reviewed all 51 citations that Google Scholar…

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May 21, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

I work in global health - I want to have an impact on global health.  And I would like to know what the impact of my work has been.  But I often work far removed from the vulnerable populations we work to help, as I provide technical backstopping, conduct training, lead evaluations and conduct research.  Other HealthBridge colleagues are in a similar situation. While I am…

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May 19, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

I first started at HealthBridge in 1998.  One of my first tasks was to revise and manage the field test of FRAT - Fortification Rapid Assessment Tool.  FRAT was the brainchild of Sian FitzGerald (HealthBridge Executive Director and David Alnwick, then the Chief of Nutrition at Unicef).  It was designed as a tool to rapidly evaluate the suitablility of foods for fortification …

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May 17, 2011 By Peter Berti Post a comment!

Welcome to my blog.  I hope to use this space to talk a little about HealthBridge's work in global health.  I will tell some of the stories behind our work and be able to write less formally then I do in my scientific publications.  I do not expect a big audience, but I do hope that you few who read it find it worthwhile and…

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