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A century of changes in public health

first_img Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk discussed changes in the field of public health since the School’s founding a century ago in a December 3, 2013 article for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s NewPublicHealth blog. The article is one of several on the blog focusing on HSPH’s Centennial.“The 100 years that have passed since the School of Public Health was founded are not just any 100 years—they’re the 100 years with the most intense transformations in health in human history,” Frenk told NewPublicHealth. “We have seen a more than doubling of life expectancy since the school was founded. Around 1900, the global average for life expectancy was 30 years. At the end of the century, the global average was about 65 years. It more than doubled in the 20th century, and that increase has continued with some setbacks, most notably the AIDS epidemic in [Sub-]Saharan Africa. And we have had a qualitative shift not just in the level of mortality, but in the causes of death. So we went from a preponderance of acute infections to now a predominance of mostly chronic non-communicable diseases, and that’s an incredible transition.”last_img read more

PHF secretary Ahmed proposes talks with Hockey India

first_imgKarachi, Sep 16 (PTI) Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) today proposed to hold talks with Hockey India to resolve a stand-off, which has prevented its players from participating in a cash-rich Indian League for their indecent behaviour during last years Champions Trophy. PHF secretary and legendary Olympian Shahbaz Ahmed said not participating in the league was a “setback” for the Pakistani players as they not only lose an opportunity to improve their game but also earn well. However Pakistan hockey captain Muhammad Imran said that Hockey Indias demand for an apology was “childish”. “Their demand for an apology is childish. Because when the incident happened soon afterwards the FIH banned two of our players and rebuked Shafqat Rasool. It also accepted our stance so the matter was over then why dig it up now,” Imran said. Ahmed, on his part, said that there was no need for any strong statements and all issues would be resolved through discussions. “I dont think by giving strong statements any issue can be resolved. It is best the two federations sit down and have talks and try to resolve any issues,” the former Pakistan captain told PTI. Hockey India President Narinder Batra issued a statement on Monday saying:”I would love to have Pakistan players but not with the kind of behaviour they displayed in the Champions Trophy. And they have shown no regret of that incident in writing or otherwise. I dont want to politicize the issue but that kind of behaviour was unacceptable. Least we need an apology from them.” Batras statement came after it was confirmed that no Pakistani player would feature in the lucrative Hockey India League (HIL) this year. Batra was referring to the incident that occurred after the semi-final of the last Champions Trophy in December when soon after their 4-3 win, Pakistani players started celebrating their victory in a wild fashion and removed their shirts and some of them making obscene gestures towards the crowd and media, prompting their coach Shahnaz Sheikh to come into action and take away his players. “There is no doubt that it is a setback for our players as they can not only improve their game but also earn well if allowed to play in the Hockey India League. I think Pakistan and India need to improve their hockey ties by holding talks. We would welcome any move by Hockey India to discuss any issues with us,” Shahbaz said. He pointed out that the Junior World Cup is also due to be held in India next year and he would like to see Pakistan do well in the event. “My view is clear Pakistan and India need to play bilateral matches as this will not only boost the sport in both countries but also produce brand names in hockey which is way behind when it comes to sponsorships and earnings for players when compared to other sports like cricket in the subcontinent,” he added. PTI CORR KHS MRM MRMadvertisementlast_img read more