Author Archives: Gonçalo Figueiredo Augusto

World TB Day 2012

This year’s theme for World TB Day, celebrated today, is ‘Stop TB in my lifetime’. It is a very catchy slogan and, most of all, a very Read More

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Global malaria mortality is larger than previously estimated

The title shows the main conclusion of the systematic analysis made by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and published on today’s edition of  The Lancet. Read More

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India: no new polio cases in the last year

Today India is celebrating a milestone in the fight against polio: in the last year, no new cases were reported. This means a lot to Read More

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International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9 is the International Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is a socio-economic disease that prevents millions of people all over the world from having a better and Read More

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

I have written about the subject before, but it is important to make a special reference today as we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination Read More

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How to get to Zero

According to the new UNAIDS report , released today, 2011 was a crucial year with unprecedented progress in science, political leadership and results regarding AIDS. Read More

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Remember Haiti

 Almost two years after the terrible earthquake, Haiti is no longer under media attention. But that doesn’t mean the problems are solved and the country Read More

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When money runs short

It was expected but it’s still hard to take. Last week, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria  cut the estimated amount of Read More

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World Pneumonia Day

It might be hard to believe but pneumonia is still the world’s leading cause of death of children under five, specially in developing countries, where Read More

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Fighting HIV in Burundi

Burundi can ring a bell in some heads: it is one of the poorest countries in the world. The former Belgian colony is a small Read More

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Is there place for mental health?

When I finished my medical degree, I wrote a final dissertation on the prevention of suicide among adolescents. The subject was not popular at all, Read More

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Step by step

Let’s try to be a bit positive about what I am going to write next: a medical state of emergency has been declared in Angola’s Read More

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The future starts at school

The title might be a cliché, but some clichés still make sense. Even if most of those who read these words can have very wonderful Read More

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Time to stop TB

It was almost 130 years ago, in March 1882, that Robert Koch presented his discovery of the tuberculosis bacillus. It was an important discovery and Read More

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