Infectious Disease



On the front line against drug-resistant malaria

This audio slideshow explains how a Thai research centre is fighting a more-dangerous strain of the parasite.


Innovative partnership connects kids, vaccine in Laos

Guest contributor Monica Graham is a communications officer with our Vaccine Access and Delivery Program. Thanks to an innovative partnership between Microsoft employees and PATH, thousands of children in Laos no longer face the possibility of severe, lifelong brain injury … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesCervical cancer vaccines: will our best hopes be realized?Social entrepreneurs: here are two rules to ensure impactNew infographic: 9 ways to improve child survival ;

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Wikipedia Usage Estimates Prevalence of Influenza-Like Illness in US in Near Real-Time

The number of hits for wiki pages on Influenza, Flu Season, and Tamiflu correlated better with CDC’s estimates of influenza-like illness better than Google Flu Trends according to an article in PLoS Computational…


Applauding the Role of Development Banks in NTD control and elimination

; By Deepanjali Jain and Anupama Tantri Partners from multiple sectors,  including development banks,  play an important role in the response to control and eliminate NTDs – a point highlighted by the report, “Delivering on promises and driving progress: the second report on uniting to combat NTDs”, released in tandem with the commemoration of the second […]

10 reasons vaccines are the best protector of human life

Immunization is one of the most powerful health interventions ever introduced. Every year, the World Health Organization estimates, vaccines save between two and three million children from killers such as polio, measles, pneumonia, and rotavirus diarrhea. To mark World Immunization … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovative partnership connects kids, vaccine in LaosCervical cancer vaccines: will our best hopes be realized?Social entrepreneurs: here are two rules to ensure impact ;

Vancouver Sun Features Multi-Part Series On Malaria

The Vancouver Sun features a multi-part series on malaria. Vancouver Sun: Part 1: Malaria’s huge human cost “…[T]here has been huge progress in a focused assault on the disease that has been underway for just over a decade…” (Cayo, 4/22). Vancouver Sun: Part 2: Malaria a moving target “…[I]nsecticides and drugs face moving targets. Mosquitoes…More

The Americas is One Step Closer to Eliminating Onchocerciasis

; Less than a year after Colombia eliminated onchocerciasis from its borders, its neighboring country, Venezuela, is making similar strides in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Earlier this month, we were excited to hear that Venezuela interrupted transmission of onchocerciasis in its last remaining focus area of the country – meaning Venezuela is […]

Part 1: Combating Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya

Prevention and Control of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya: Issues and Barriers Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children (common age group is 5 to 15 year olds) in developing countries. Over 15 million people suffer from the condition, resulting in about 233 000 deaths annually. RHD is a chronic heart condition caused by rheumatic fever – whose main symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen and painful joints, and in some cases, a red rash. Rheumatic fever is as a result of an untreated strep throat that is caused by bacteria called group A streptococcal (strep) infection. Overcrowding, poor housing conditions, undernutrition and lack of access to healthcare play a role in the persistence of this disease in developing countries

The Daily Impact: Acute Malnutrition Risk for 250k Children in South Sudan

April 23, 2014 UNICEF warns that the current crisis in South Sudan is placing 250,000 children at risk of dying from malnutrition, warns UNICEF. From VOA: UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulieroc told VOA more than 3.7 million people in South Sudan are at high risk of not getting enough to eat.  Among them, he said are 740,000 children under age five.  “This means that if nothing is done to increase, to scale up the action against malnutrition – that means that 50,000 children under five could die unless they benefit from treatment …  But, the violence is really worsening the situation in this regard,” he said. UNICEF staff report many people are resorting to eating wild foods, such as bulbs and grasses. They warn the continuing conflict between the government and rebels is forcing more people to flee their homes. If the violence persists, it notes farmers might miss the planting season, which would increase child malnutrition to heights never seen before.

High burden of malaria following scale-up of control interventions in Nchelenge District,…

Background: Malaria control interventions have been scaled-up in Zambia in conjunction with a malaria surveillance system.

Oligohydramnios in a pregnant Pakistani woman with Plasmodium vivax malaria

In the Western world, the diagnosis and management of Plasmodium vivax malaria in pregnant women can be challenging, and the pathogenesis of adverse outcomes for both the mother and the foetus is still poorly known.

Evidence for significant influence of host immunity on changes in differential blood count…

Background: Malaria has been shown to change blood counts.

10 reasons vaccines are the best protector of human health

About the guest author In the spirit of World Immunization Week (and in homage to the imminent departure of top 10 list king David Letterman from late night television), Dr. John Boslego, director of PATH’s vaccine development program, presents his top 10 list of ways that vaccines make a difference in global and child health. At risk of going too far with the late-night theme, dare we say, HERE’S JOHN! read more