Health and Medicine

Health and Medicine

FSI’s researchers assess health and medicine through the lenses of economics, nutrition and politics. They’re studying and influencing public health policies of local and national governments and the roles that corporations and nongovernmental organizations play in providing health care around the world. Scholars look at how governance affects citizens’ health, how children’s health care access affects the aging process and how to improve children’s health in Guatemala and rural China. They want to know what it will take for people to cook more safely and breathe more easily in developing countries.

FSI professors investigate how lifestyles affect health. What good does gardening do for older Americans? What are the benefits of eating organic food or growing genetically modified rice in China? They study cost-effectiveness by examining programs like those aimed at preventing the spread of tuberculosis in Russian prisons. Policies that impact obesity and undernutrition are examined; as are the public health implications of limiting salt in processed foods and the role of smoking among men who work in Chinese factories. FSI health research looks at sweeping domestic policies like the Affordable Care Act and the role of foreign aid in affecting the price of HIV drugs in Africa.

Recent News

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Chiapas research examines women and governance

August 2011

We sat down with recipient of the FSI Global Underdevelopment Action Fund, Professor Beatriz Magaloni to learn more about her research plans and how her work will address the larger issues of...

Political order in Egypt

August 2011

In the May-June edition of The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama traces the contemporary history of U.S.

Syrian doctors who torture must be banned

July 2011

In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Rajaie Batniji uncovers the role of medical professionals involved in acts of torture.

The IMF: Violating Women Since 1945

June 2011

In reaction to the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Khan for allegations of rape in May, Kavita Ramdas and Christine Ahn argue in a piece for Foreign Policy in Focus that gender bias is embedded in the...

CDDRL honors students recognized for outstanding theses

June 2011

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to announce that undergraduate senior honors student Yihana von Ritter was awarded The Firestone Medal for Excellence in...

Hoffmann and Jeon on using ICT for clean water in Kibera

February 2011

The February 10 Liberation Technology seminar titled, Can ICT Improve Clean Water Delivery Systems in Slums? Lessons from Kibera was led by two Stanford students, Katherine Hoffman, M.A.

Jonathan Zittrain on minds for sale

January 2011

The first Liberation Technology seminar of the winter quarter on January 6, featured Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet &amp...

Nathan Eagle on mobile phone usage in the developing world

December 2010

Nathan Eagle, Founder and CEO of txteagle spoke at the weekly Liberation Technology Seminar Series on Dececember 2, 2010 about mobile phone usage in the developing world.

Rising international stars: 2010 Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development

July 2010

Rising leaders from a diverse group of nations in transition, including China, Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, and Nigeria arrived on July 25 for a three-week seminar with Stanford faculty,...

d.school class sees Stanford students develop ICT solutions to healthcare challenges in Kenya

July 2010

This Spring quarter, while our seminar series took a break, Program co principals Terry Winograd and Joshua Cohen taught a new course at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school):...

FSI's Technology, Governance, and Global Development Conference

May 2010

In mid-April, FSI convened a conference on Technology, Governance, and Global Development, to examine how technical innovation solves, or fails to solve, the problems of global underdevelopment....

Google.org's Megan Smith: 'liberation through interconnection'

January 2010

Megan Smith,Vice President, New Business Development and General Manager, Google.org., argued that greater interconnectedness achieved by information technology is a major liberating force in the...

Program on Human Rights launched at Stanford

October 2009

In a new Stanford endeavor, FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law has joined with the Bowen H.

Book Review: The Gunslinger

July 2008

FSI senior fellow Stephen Stedman reviews John Bolton's book, Surrender Is not an Option, in the July/August issue of the Boston Review.

International grants totaling $1 million awarded to interdisciplinary Stanford research teams

March 2008

FSI scholars Josh Cohen, Thomas Heller, Erik Jensen, Terry Karl, and Helen Stacy are part of research teams that received funding from Stanford's Presidential Fund for Innovation in International...

Troubled Transformations: Fostering Democracy and Development in a Quickly Changing World

April 2006

Wow are democracy, development, and the rule of law in transitioning societies related? How can they be promoted in the world's most troubled regions?

Renowned political economist and author Francis Fukuyama speaks on state-building

May 2004

In a May 14 lecture hosted by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Francis Fukuyama, PhD -- professor of international political economy at Johns Hopkins University and...

Debt for Democracy

January 2001

From a humanitarian perspective, few international policy proposals appear more compelling than debt relief for the worlds poor.
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