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Health Education


This article from Humanosphere in 2015 lists some global health issues to watch for in 2015.


This article by Anup Shah from 2011 provides an overview on global health issues including statistics, the effect of poverty, pharmaceutical companies, and efforts to address health issues.


“Global Status Report on Communicable Diseases 2010” from the World Health Organization, read chapter 2 and chapter 4.


The article “Health Care Around the World” from 2011 discusses health as a human right and how health care changes around the world.


“The Right to Health” from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the World Health Organization. Read section I and section II.


“Why Urban Health Matters” from the World Health Organization, 2010, discusses health in urban areas.


“2013 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health” by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013.


“The Changing Role of the World Bank in Global Health” by Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, 2005, discusses the World Bank’s involvement in global health.

The report “Global Report: UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2013” by UNAIDS provides trends and discusses goals and methods to alleviate the AIDS epidemic.


This AIDS Epidemic Update from 2009 by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS discusses the reduction of HIV infections.


The AIDS Epidemic Update from 2007 by the World Health Organization discusses global HIV prevalence.


The AIDS Epidemic Update from 2006 by the World Health Organization discusses the growth of the AIDS epidemic.

“Health Equity Monitor: Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Interventions, Combined” from the World Health Organization is an interactive map demonstrating data on global health.


Interactive map on “Life Expectancy At Birth, 1990-2013” from the World Health Organization provides global statistics on life expectancy.

“Health Literacy: Addressing The Health and Education Divide” by Ilona S. Kickbusch, 2001, discusses the divide between health and education and proposes solutions to solve the problem.


“Education and the Developing World: Why is Education Essential for Development?” from the Center for Global Development discusses the benefits of education including how it can help to improve health.


“Education and Health in Developing Economies” by Tom S. Vogl, 2012, discusses the correlation between education and health.


“Education, Health, and Development” by David E. Bloom discusses the important role of education and health on development and how they are connected.

“Health Inequalities and the Social Determinants of Health” from the Royal College of Nursing, 2012, discusses health inequalities in the United Kingdom.


“Health Inequalities and Population Health” from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2012, defines health inequalities and provides solutions to alleviate the problem.


“Most Countries Are Failing Their Global Education Goals. Here’s A Plan to Change That” by Eleanor Goldberg, 2015, discusses the failure of some countries to meet the 2015 deadline for the Education for All goals; however, progress has been made. The author discusses some of the factors that limit education such as school fees, decreased spending on education, dangerous environments (such as war zones), health issues (such as Ebola), and cultural issues (such as child marriage or targeted violence against girls).


The video “Liberia and UNICEF Support Health and Education for Ivoirian Refugee Children” by UNICEF discusses UNICEF’s efforts to promote health and education in Liberia

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Caritas Australia, a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), discusses facts about education globally and its efforts to address the problem in certain countries.


“Issues in Global Education” from the Newsletter of the American Forum for Global Education, 1999, discusses problems and barriers to education.


The World Bank in 2015 discusses the importance of education, the strategies it uses to aid in improving education worldwide, and the results achieved from its efforts.


“Global Lessons for Improving U.S. Education” by Martin West, 2012, discusses America’s decline in educational performance rankings.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the United Nations protects the right to education.


“Right to Education: Situation of Children’s Right to Education Worldwide” from Humanium: Together for Children’s Rights discusses the issue of children without access to education.


UNESCO discusses education as a fundamental human right in “The Right to Education.”

In the article “Equitable Access” UNICEF discusses the importance of equal access to education.


In “Equal Access to Education” UNICEF discusses the importance of equal access to education based on gender.


In “Girls’ Education and Gender Equality” by UNICEF, the exclusion from education suffered by young girls is discussed.


The article “Pursuing Equal Access to Education for Girls and Women in Pakistan” by Asif Raza, 2014, discusses the efforts used to educate women and young girls in Pakistan.


The article “Gender Equality in Education” from UNESCO discusses the importance of providing equal access to education for both girls and boys.

“Global Education Policy and International Development: An Introductory Framework” by Antoni Verger, Mario Novelli, and Hulya Kosar Altinyelken, 2012, from Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies” discusses how globalization impacts education policy by generating new inputs for education policy making, altering the capacity of welfare states to address educational problems through education policy, revitalizing the role of international agencies in creating education policy, and more. The effects of globalization are shown through two approaches: the world society approach and the international political economy approach.


“Politics and Education Don’t Mix” by P.L. Thomas, 2012, criticizes the connection between politics and education by arguing that public education is becoming an extension of the political system and as such being used to implement political mandates. The author argues for the separation of education and politics. This is because education is being dictated by a bureaucracy that honors leadership instead of expertise where education reform has been left in the hands of politicians who are inexperienced in education.


“Four Global Trends in Education (And Why They Matter)” by Malbert Smith III and Todd Sandvik, 2012, discusses four trends that would serve to confront the educational challenges experienced globally. These four trends include university and career readiness, adopting a longitudinal perspective, digital content, and individualized learning.

“Global Trends in Education” by Colin N. Power, 2000, discusses three global trends that pose challenges for education (inequality, population movements, and the new information and communication technologies) and how these are worsened by globalization. The author also discusses the right to basic education, how globalization has led to a demand in higher education, and how education systems respond to cultural diversity.


“Global Trends on Education” by Mohammod Irfan, 2003, Discusses some of the global issues shaping education and provides trends on the benefits of education (such as economic growth), participation from multiple countries (enrollment rates), educational achievement, and public spending on education.


“Humanitarian Aid for Education: Why it Matters and Why More is Needed” by the United

Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 2015, discusses the difficulties conflict affected countries have in providing quality education and meeting education goals, how the funding for education in these areas is neglected, lack of funding has led to poor education standards, and ideas on how to increase effectiveness of humanitarian aid for education.


“Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators” from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides overall trends, statistics, and analyses on education from 34 countries.


“Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators” from the OECD.


“Education at a Glance 2012: OECD Indicators” from the OECD.