Smita Gaith graduate of New York University, where she received a Masters in International Public Health. As a public health professional, Smita has experience in the US, Kenya, and Brazil working in policy research and analysis, program planning and implementation, capacity building, data collection and analysis, outreach, and HIV/AIDS and life skills education. In her work with the SISGI group, Smita focused on global women's health, international development, and immigrant health issues.
Mobile Banking as a Means to Development
According to a recent report by the World Bank, 75 percent of the world’s poor do not have a bank account. Use of formal banking, the system of official bank accounts set up within financial institutions, is pretty rare within the developing world, even for those who actually have the bank accounts. Ten percent of …
Midwives Matter for Maternal Health and More
May 5 is International Day of the Midwife, a globally recognized day to acknowledge the work of midwives around the world. Midwives are an undervalued asset in many countries. But the truth is, midwives could be key to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5, and 6, to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and …
The Role of Language in Immigrant Health Outcomes
I recently wrote about how changing diets of immigrants can contribute to the decline in their health. There are many studies that explain how immigrants’ diets change with the inclusion and/or exclusion of foods. There are many other health barriers that immigrants can face when moving to the US. For example, they may live in …
The Missing Piece: Where Are Women in the Rio+20 Development Puzzle?
The Rio+20 Summit has been generating lots of buzz lately, although the international meeting is not until this summer. Fellow bloggers Julia and Katherine have discussed, at different lengths, the history and preparation of this year’s summit. There are seven key categories up for discussion during the three-day event: Jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans, …