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Under the Radar: Why Is a Leading Child Killer Invisible on the Global Health Agenda?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Jesse Bump
Assistant Professor, Department of International Health, Georgetown University

Hosted by
Victoria Fan
Research Fellow, Center for Global Development

If recognized in its totality, congenital syphilis--with an annual death toll of around half a million--might rank among the top five causes of child mortality. But congenital syphilis is not widely acknowledged as a priority in global health. Despite being relatively simple to diagnose and treat, it is largely absent from high-level discussions of child health or reproductive health and is not a major programmatic focus at prominent global health organizations.

So, why does congenital syphilis remain unseen? This case adds an important new dimension to our understanding of global health politics, highlighting how problems are defined and how common metrics elevate some issues over others. The discussion of this disease allows us to reassess what counts as a significant problem in global health and suggests ways to improve how we understand and act against death and disease in developing countries.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
**Please bring your lunch--beverages provided**