Peter Byass
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.

Entries by Peter Byass

Ambulances in Ethiopia Save Mothers' Lives

(0) Comments | Posted 1 March 2016 | (22:22)

The majority of the world's mothers take it for granted that, when the time comes to deliver their babies, getting to a safe place for delivery won't be a major problem. Unfortunately however that's not the case in Africa. It may not be too hard in cities, but in rural...

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Climate Change: Threat or Opportunity for Health?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2015 | (18:59)

Climate change is really in the news these days - last week the Pope made a landmark statement; today The Lancet presents a major report on how climate change interacts with health, and there will be more as the world moves towards the United Nations'...

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Get in the Picture!

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (07:26)

This week sees the first Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific - which the organisers have wisely branded under the much snappier slogan Get In The Picture. So what's it all about?
Most citizens in Asia (and Africa for that...

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Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (05:17)

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed up in 22 population surveillance sites in Africa and Asia. Interviews were carried out with families or witnesses of the death (a...

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No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

(0) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (17:57)

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...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2013 | (17:58)

Child survival rates are a major global concern, not least because of the targets set by Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce under-five deaths by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. But, for most countries, the emphasis has been on improving survival equally among girls and boys. India, though,...

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1,000 Days To Go...

(0) Comments | Posted 1 April 2013 | (23:25)

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...

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A Global View of the Newtown Massacre

(5) Comments | Posted 27 December 2012 | (19:57)

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?

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The Hard Facts: Weather Kills People in Africa and Asia

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2012 | (08:22)

As the world's climate experts gather in Doha, Qatar, for the COP-18 Climate Talks , major new findings on the effects of weather on deaths in Africa and Asia has just been published by the INDEPTH Network. Detailed findings can be downloaded.


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Why Do Contraceptives Save Lives?

(12) Comments | Posted 11 July 2012 | (10:16)

Everyone knows that contraceptives are good at preventing pregnancies - but now there's a major global summit in London looking at how contraceptives can save lives. How does that work?

Some 1,292 organizations in 177 countries - including UCGHR - have signed a declaration published in...

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Mind the Gap...

(1) Comments | Posted 28 April 2012 | (12:49)

"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.

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Born, Lived and Died - But Counted or Not?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2012 | (16:47)

Despite the amazing sophistication of today's world, many people are born, live and die without even being counted. Billions of tweets and e-mails circulate in cyberspace, but meanwhile we can't even count human beings properly? Incredible, but true. "Born, lived and died - but counted or not?" is...

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Twenty Years of Public Health Progress in Vietnam

(0) Comments | Posted 13 November 2011 | (16:13)

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. And not...

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7 Billion and Counting... or not?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2011 | (15:47)

According to the best estimates of the United Nations and other agencies, our world's population is on the point of exceeding 7 billion for the first time - more than a doubling of population in my lifetime. But although we've a fairly good idea of how many people...

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New Global Consortium Against Dengue Fever

(2) Comments | Posted 21 September 2011 | (16:58)

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...

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Saving Lives, Taking Risks... and NCDs

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2011 | (10:28)

We're hearing more and more in the media about the UN General Assembly meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will take place in New York on 19-20th September. Scientists and researchers are grappling with the technical issues, politicians and diplomats are engaging with economic and policy matters. But...

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Counting HIV/AIDS Deaths

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2011 | (12:09)

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 "Who's counting?". The truth is... at the individual level, nobody.

When scientists talk about "estimates",...

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Pretty, Meaningless Pictures: Save Us From Infographics!

(3) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (20:32)

Technological capacity for producing graphics has mushroomed in recent years, and the consequences are obvious across all the media. Every newspaper, television bulletin and website tries to wow us with clever illustrations of their key messages, which are increasingly being called "infographics". But do they help, or are they simply...

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Handling Mental Health in Africa: Biomedical and Traditional Models

(0) Comments | Posted 3 August 2011 | (11:12)

All around the world mental health care tends to get marginalised - and globally Africa always gets marginalised - so the combination of mental health and Africa must be one of the most neglected subjects imaginable! But there are encouraging signs: Dr. Cathy Abbo, from the Department of Psychiatry at...

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Coeliac Disease is a Global Problem

(3) Comments | Posted 30 July 2011 | (01:00)

Historically, many diseases were first recognised in a particular place and later found on a wider basis. For coeliac disease and gluten intolerance, it's only fairly recently that the problem has been recognised globally, outside western Europe and north America. Data are still very scarce on a global scale, but...

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