MSH founder discusses health issues in developing world

"What Are the Prospects for Healthy Lives for Those in the Developing World Today, and Do They Matter to Us?"

The Daily Star

HEADLINE: Speaker coming to 'Wick will discuss health issues in developing world

ONEONTA, NEW YORK (JANUARY 21, 2005) — Dr. Ronald O'Connor, founder and senior adviser to Management Sciences for Health in Boston, will give a free public lecture at Hartwick College titled, "What Are the Prospects for Healthy Lives for Those in the Developing World Today, and Do They Matter to Us?" The program is part of Hartwick's theme for the academic year: Health and the Human Experience.

O'Connor said development advances in the world are unequal, "with the prospects for some less-advantaged societies both diverging from ours and becoming increasingly polarized within their own borders."

Today's omnipresent media worsens the impact for people in the developing world by pointing out "disparities in education, health and work prospects between the less advantaged and the advantaged Western world," he said.

Management Sciences for Health is a nonprofit organization that focuses on strengthening the management and public health impact of programs that address the differences between health prospects in the United States and those in the developing world.

O'Connor was president of MSH from its inception in 1971 until 1998, when he became chairman and chief executive officer. He has edited two books on Afghanistan-Managing Health Systems in Developing Areas and Health Care in Muslim Asia: Development and Disorder in Wartime Afghanistan-as well as Managing Drug Supply, a standard international reference published with the World Health Organization.

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Descriptions of the books edited by Dr. O'Connor provided below. To order these books or other MSH publications, visit MSH's eBookstore.

Health Care in Muslim Asia: Development and Disorder in Wartime Afghanistan—This book provides first-hand descriptions of Afghan and development agency actions to create a network of basic services and Afghan health workers who deliver lifesaving care and supplies deep inside Afghanistan.

Managing Health Systems in Developing Areas: Experiences from Afghanistan—This ground breaking book, first published in 1980, documents successes and failures in establishing basic health centers and training village health workers and midwives to deliver services in Afghanistan throughout the 1970s.

Managing Drug Supply: The Selection, Procurement, Distribution, and Use of Pharmaceuticals—Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization, this book provides an overview and specific suggestions for effectively managing pharmaceutical systems.


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