Aga Khan University has Rs 103 billion annual economic impact in Pakistan

The Aga Khan University announced today the results of a landmark study which found that AKU has an annual economic impact in Pakistan of Rs 103 billion, or US$ 1 billion, supporting 42,000 jobs. The study also reports that AKU’s spending has a multiplier effect, with every rupee of its direct gross value added generating…

Longer paid maternity leave saves babies — SiDevNet

More generous policies for paid maternity leave can save the lives of babies in developing countries, a study has found. The paper estimates that each extra month of maternity leave is linked to about eight fewer infant deaths for each 1,000 live births. This represents a 13 per cent reduction — a “pretty sizable” decrease,…

Slow progress on stillbirth prevention in the world —AAJ TV

KARACHI: More than 2.6 million stillbirths continue to occur globally every year with very slow progress made to tackle this “silent problem”. Compilers of a research series titled as “Ending Preventable Stillbirth,” published in The Lancet, have observed with concern that despite significant reductions in the number of maternal and child deaths, there has been…

Research: Big Data Takes on Dengue Fever — by Zara Zhang at Harvard Magazine on Pakistan Mobile phone particularly helpful in tracking epidemics

The use of mobile phone data (left) proved more accurate for estimating the spatial spread of dengue fever than a traditional diffusion model (right). Graphic from Impact of human mobility on the emergence of dengue epidemics in Pakistan, published by PNAS Cell phones automatically keep track of the nearest cell tower, which is why phone…

Study on attitudes in "Post-migrant Germany"| Do you love Germany? — Qantara de article in English, German and Arabic languages

A new study entitled “Post-migrant Germany” set out to investigate attitudes on national identity in Germany. According to the results, these attitudes are ambivalent: people in Germany are open-minded, yet many in mainstream society have major reservations with respect to Muslim immigrants. By Claudia Mende ***** Read this article in Deutsch Studie “Deutschland postmigrantisch” |…

Biolandbau: Mehr Erträge als gedacht — ORF Österreich (In German language on Organic farming)

Das Hauptargument für konventionelle Landwirtschaft sind die höheren Erträge: Der umweltfreundlichere Biolandbau könne für den wachsenden Welthunger einfach nicht genug produzieren. Einer Studie zufolge sind die Unterschiede gar nicht so drastisch und ließen sich mit gezielten Maßnahmen weiter verringern.   Dass ökologischer Anbau für die Natur “gesünder” ist als die klassische Landwirtschaft, gilt als relativ…