by Mark van der Laan. My father told me the most important thing about solving a problem is to formulate it accurately, and one would think that, as statisticians, most of us would agree with that advice. Suppose we were to build a spaceship that can fly to Mars and return safely to Earth. … [Read more...] about Why We Need a Statistical Revolution
By James M. Roberts. The number of pregnant women who die yearly due to high blood pressure is very high and 99% of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Latin America remains one of the biggest contributors to this figure. Their killer is known as preeclampsia. Do you know what it is? … [Read more...] about Almost 70,000 pregnant women die from something that could be easily avoided
by Rebecca Shillenn. It kills nearly 6 million people every year and it is responsible for the death of about 1 in 10 adults worldwide: tobacco use remains one of the largest global health problems. If this numbers are not shocking enough, the health concerns are more acute in low- and middle-income countries, where 80 percent of smokers live and citizens are less protected … [Read more...] about What You Don’t Know about Illicit Tobacco Trade
by Suneeta Mittal. Pre-conception care is the provision of medical, behavioral and social health interventions to women and couples before pregnancy occurs. It aims at improving their health status, and reducing factors that contribute to poor maternal and child health outcome. Even though it is proven to increase the well-being of women and couples … [Read more...] about Babies’ Health Starts before Pregnancy
by Pablo Ibarraran, Marcos Robles, Nadin Medellin, Mayra Saenz and Marco Stampini. Evidence has shown that Latin America and the Caribbean have been successful in reducing poverty and in achieving important reductions in terms of inequality. Although poverty reduction and the growth of the middle class are clearly related, there is an important link that we need to keep in … [Read more...] about The Poor, the Vulnerable and the Middle Class: Who is Who?