Learning from development, global health failures critical for program successes

Published on February 6, 2013 at 4:06 AM · No Comments

Noting that many development agencies and organizations publicly "documen[t] their triumphs and innovations," Sam Loewenberg, a 2012 Nieman Foundation global health reporting fellow at Harvard University, writes in a New York Times opinion piece, "Global health and development projects frequently go off course, and it's not unusual for them to fail outright. What is unusual is for researchers to openly discuss their failures. That's a shame, because it's a basic principle of science that you get things right by analyzing what went wrong." He says "it was a pleasant surprise when, last summer, researchers at Mumbai's City Initiative for Newborn Health published, in the journal PLoS Medicine, the disappointing results of their three-year effort to implement a community-based maternal- and infant-health initiative in the city's slums," and he summarizes their findings and how the researchers "rebooted" to improve the program.

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