News from Asia
Regional News from Stanford University - Asia
News Item The Stanford Global Projects Center
Building and maintaining civil and social infrastructure is a massive and complicated task. Yet it is an essential responsibility of any society. Developing countries strain to build enough new infrastructure to improve the living standards of their burgeoning urban populations, whereas developed ones struggle to maintain and expand existing infrastructure assets. These projects require cross-national and cross-sectoral coordination due to their scale, their impact on population and environment as well as their complexity of financing and governance.
In India, women die in childbirth from preventable complications regularly, and infants there often fail to receive care that can keep them healthy. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to thousands of Indian expatriates, top biomedical researchers and leading tech companies, all of whom could help improve the outlook for women and babies in India. Why not bring them together?
News Item A quest to cure the world’s blind
More than two years ago, Amy Pickering, PhD, and her Stanford colleagues were just starting to field-test a radical new approach to clean up the contaminated water supply in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and improve the health of the city’s slum dwellers.
Asthma affects more than 6 million children and leads to approximately 1.8 million visits to the emergency room annually in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why are cities so important to our future? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 54% of the global population lives in urban areas, up from 34% in 1960. This trend shows no sign of slowing down with an increase of 1.84% every year between 2015 and 2020. With cities adding 2.5 billion people in just the next three decades, what can we do to make cities more environmentally sustainable, economically vibrant, and socially equitable?