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News Item How Can the World Manage a Historic Climate Agreement?

Last week, the Paris Agreement, a global climate pact 23 years in the making, officially put into force unprecedented requirements for reducing emissions that fuel global climate change.

Now, representatives of 196 countries are in Marrakesh, Morocco, through Nov. 18 to hash out details of managing the pact and ensuring all signatories meet the goals they committed to, not only cutting carbon output but also financing adaptation in developing countries and other objectives (Paris Agreement highlights).

News Item Preventing sexual assault in Kenyan girls — Stanford researchers make inroads

Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, a senior research scholar in pediatrics at Stanford, and statistician Michael Baiocchi, PhD, traveled to Kenya in January to launch a closed-cohort study that will track changes in a fixed group of about 4,000 girls, with the goal of better understanding of how girls are adapting to the trainings and their social situations.

News Item Mapping Poverty with Satellite Data and Machine Learning

One of the biggest challenges in providing relief to people living in poverty is locating them. The availability of accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is surprisingly lacking for much of the world, particularly on the African continent. Aid groups and other international organizations often fill in the gaps with door-to-door surveys, but these can be expensive and time-consuming to conduct.

News Item Faculty grants fund globally minded research

Stanford's Office for International Affairs awarded faculty funds for international research on development economics, water and sanitation issues, innovation, health care and migration.

News Item Just one needle saves a life following Stanford physician’s trip to Madagascar

Stanford emergency physician S.V. Mahadevan, MD, had no idea when he visited Madagascar two months ago that he would help save the life of an ailing newborn. The chair of emergency medicine at Stanford, Mahadevan traveled to the island country in April to teach some essential medical procedures to health care workers there, using simple equipment he had brought. Those same health care workers put that training into practice in July to rescue a 2-month-old with a life-threatening infection.

News Item Sexual assault prevention program reduces pregnancy-related school dropouts in Kenya

Girls and young women in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, are very vulnerable to sexual assault. Fortunately, as I’ve reported before, the nonprofit No Means No Worldwide is changing that. The organization, founded by San Francisco activist Lee Paiva, has developed curricula for girls and boys aimed at preventing sexual assaults.

News Item Rosenkranz Prize winner to launch microbiome research project in Africa

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, has a gut feeling about many medical maladies.

That is, she believes that we can fight some diseases by learning more about the trillions of microbes living in our guts and on our bodies.

“Humans are not only made up of human cells, but are a complex mixture of human cells and the microbes that live within us and among us — and these microorganisms are as critical to our well-being as we are to theirs,” says Bhatt, who is an assistant professor of medicine and of genetics.