Earlier this month, we attended the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health , held in Cape Town, South Africa--the first time on the African continent. While we celebrated the effort made by…

Patricio V. Marquez, Enis Baris |

This blog first appeared on Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage Adam Smith, the 18th century social philosopher and political economist, renowned as the father of modern economics…

Patricio V. Marquez, Somil Nagpal, Lydia Ndebele |

Few people today doubt that smoking is bad. But many, including seasoned policy makers, do not realize just how bad it is. Bad for people, bad for economies, and bad for poverty reduction. In fact…

Patricio V. Marquez, Blanca Moreno-Dodson |

  Civil registration and vital statistics systems enable parents to certify children at birth. A birth certificate provides proof of age, which enables access to essential services (e.g., health…

Samuel Mills, Sheila Jagannathan |

No smoking sign in Nepal. World Bank / 2013 Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. A new study found that the diseases caused by smoking account for US$ 422…

Frank J. Chaloupka, Douglas William, Jeremias N. Paul Jr |

Also available in: Spanish | العربية | Français World Bank Group / 2013 Since the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a decade ago, over 180…

Prabhat Jha, Patricio V. Marquez, Sheila Dutta |

I recently attended a community paralegal training on promoting accountability in health care delivery in Makeni, Sierra Leone. During the training, a community paralegal named Elizabeth Massalay…

Margaux Hall |

If you accept my 5 cents of wisdom, you should rush to see the new movie “Contagion.” It is a well done, spooky public health mystery, with great acting. Why you may ask? Simply because it is a…

Patricio V. Marquez |