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Peter Byass

Professor of Global Health, and Director of the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research

Peter Byass is Professor of Global Health, and Director of the Umeå Centre for Global Health Research (UCGHR) in Sweden. UCGHR is a leading research centre, relating human health to epidemiological transition, life-course interventions, primary care, gender and climate. Peter works with his team all around the world on research that tries to improve peoples’ health and lives.

Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity for Health?

If we eat locally produced healthy food, we reduce carbon emissions and protect ourselves from the risks of various chronic diseases. So each one of us has a challenge - for the sake of the planet and for future generations - to claim the the co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions and improving our health.
23/06/2015 16:18 BST

Get in the Picture!

So this week's meeting for the Asia Pacific region in Bangkok, and a similar meeting planned for Africa in 2015, present a unique challenge and opportunity. We have the methods and tools for universal civil registration of births and deaths on a worldwide basis - let's make it happen!
24/11/2014 13:45 GMT

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.
27/05/2014 13:06 BST

Why Many Girls in India Simply Don't Survive...

Child survival rates are a major global concern, not least because of the targets set by Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce under-5 deaths by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.
11/10/2013 10:20 BST

1,000 Days To Go...

No, this isn't another dire prediction about the end of the world - but, in 1,000 days, we will arrive at the end of 2015. That's when the world is supposed to reach the endpoints for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets set by the global community in 2000 for various improvements in the state of the world's people.
02/04/2013 11:10 BST

A Global View of the Newtown Massacre

Much has already been written about the tragic events of 14 December in Newtown, Connecticut. It's hard to think of anything much worse than twenty small children being gunned down just before Christmas, for doing nothing worse than attending school. But what is the global perspective on this awful event?
28/12/2012 00:41 GMT

The Hard Facts: Weather Kills People in Africa and Asia

What can't be emphasised too strongly here is that these are analyses of real deaths and actual weather. They are not simulations or models - and it reflects the great strength of the INDEPTH Network that it is possible to analyse factual information in this way from parts of the world where reliable data are usually in short supply.
27/11/2012 15:19 GMT

Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

In reality, every single woman who gets pregnant takes a risk. There are lots of ways of viewing the risks, but let's look at the ultimate bad outcome - women who die as a result of being pregnant.
11/07/2012 11:59 BST

Mind the Gap...

"Please mind the gap..." is a familiar warning for all London Underground passengers! But it is becoming an increasingly important refrain in global health - gaps in geography, wealth and medicine lead to real disadvantage and discrimination for many in terms of living healthy lives.
30/04/2012 14:58 BST

Born, Lived and Died - But Counted or Not?

Figures on births, lives and deaths are technically known as "vital statistics" - literally meaning statistics about life. But they are also vital in another sense - planners of health care and other services desperately need to know about the populations they are trying to serve, rather than relying on guesses and assumptions.
25/01/2012 12:58 GMT

Twenty Years of Public Health Progress in Vietnam

I first visited Vietnam around 20 years ago - at a time when almost everyone travelled by bicycle, and the whole country operated in a somewhat austere style. Having been back regularly since then, I've seen the bicycles transforming into motorbikes, and more recently the motorbikes into cars.
14/11/2011 14:11 GMT

New Global Consortium Against Dengue Fever

Many people in the world have no idea about dengue fever, while others are all too aware of its dangers and maybe even live in fear of its potentially fatal consequences. Since there is no specific vaccine or treatment for dengue fever, tools for preventing and controlling outbreaks are an immediate priority.
22/09/2011 13:52 BST

Counting HIV/AIDS Deaths

We have all become used to seeing sad headlines about the numbers of people dying from HIV/AIDS. Current global estimates are well over one million per year. But have you ever asked yourself the question "<em>Who's counting?</em>".
26/08/2011 14:10 BST