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Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

Reaching out our community with flu vaccinations.

Investigación y docencia en Venezuela: en contra de todas las dificultades

Venezuela es la puerta de entrada a Sur América. Ubicada al norte del continente y bañada por el mar Caribe, es uno de los puntos Read More

Basic Life Support course in the Nurses Training School

Against all odds: medical research and education in Venezuela

Venezuela is the entrance to South America. Located in the north of the continent, bathed by the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela is one of the first places Read More

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India develops moth allergy kit

Indian medical scientists are developing a testing kit capable of diagnosing allergic disease caused by moths.


Statement on the 10th IHR Emergency Committee regarding the international spread of poliovirus

Reviewing data on wild poliovirus, the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) expressed grave concern over 2 new cases of polio in Nigeria, and commended progress made in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Influenza epidemiology and influenza vaccine effectiveness during the 2014–2015 season:…

The Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network (GIHSN) has established a prospective, active surveillance, hospital-based epidemiological study to collect epidemiological and virological data for the North…


Plasma and Intracellular Concentrations in HIV-Infected Patients Requiring Hemodialysis Dosed…

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Implementation and Operational Research: Clinical Impact of the Xpert MTB/RIF Assay in…

Background: The Xpert MTB/RIF assay has been widely implemented in South Africa for rapid tuberculosis (TB) screening.


Decreasing Household Costs of Dengue Prevention at Low-Altitudes in Colombia …

… Redirecting Resources into the Hands of People Who Slap Mosquitoes Everyday. Class members from the course “Social and Behavioral Foundations of Primary Health Care” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health write a policy advocacy blog as part of their assignments. Here we are sharing the blog posted by elizabethwetzler. read more on this and other SBFPHC blog posts by clicking here.  (Photo by James Gathany) Colombia bears high burdens associated with dengue.  During the 2010 epidemic, disability-adjusted-life-years lost were 1178.93 (per 1 million inhabitants) versus just 88.38 averaged for 2011-2012.  Rodriguez et


Differential Gel Electrophoresis (DIGE) Evaluation of Naphthoimidazoles Mode of Action: A Study…

by Giselle Villa Flor Brunoro, Vitor Marcel Faça, Marcelle Almeida Caminha, André Teixeira da Silva Ferreira, Monique Trugilho, Kelly Cristina Gallan de Moura, Jonas Perales, Richard Hemmi Valente, Rubem Figueiredo Sadok Menna-Barreto Background The obligate intracellular protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi is the causative agent of Chagas disease, a neglected illness affecting millions of people in Latin America that recently entered non-endemic countries through immigration, as a consequence of globalization. The chemotherapy for this disease is based mainly on benznidazole and nifurtimox, which are very efficient nitroderivatives against the acute stage but present limited efficacy during the chronic phase. Our group has been studying the trypanocidal effects of naturally occurring quinones and their derivatives, and naphthoimidazoles derived from β-lapachone N1, N2 and N3 were the most active


Prevalence of Active and Latent Yaws in the Solomon Islands 18 Months after Azithromycin Mass…

by Michael Marks, Oliver Sokana, Eli Nachamkin, Elliot Puiahi, Georgina Kilua, Allan Pillay, Christian Bottomley, Anthony W. Solomon, David C. Mabey Introduction Both yaws and trachoma are endemic in the Pacific


Mortality, Morbidity and Health-Seeking Behaviour during the Ebola Epidemic 2014–2015 in…

by Anna Kuehne, Emily Lynch, Esaie Marshall, Amanda Tiffany, Ian Alley, Luke Bawo, Moses Massaquoi, Claudia Lodesani, Philippe Le Vaillant, Klaudia Porten, Etienne Gignoux Between March 2014 and July 2015 at least 10,500 Ebola cases including more than 4,800 deaths occurred in Liberia, the majority in Monrovia. However, official numbers may have underestimated the size of the outbreak. Closure of health facilities and mistrust in existing structures may have additionally impacted on all-cause morbidity and mortality


Behind the headlines: When conflict escalates, infectious diseases thrive

Richard Heinzl (center) went to Sisophon, Cambodia, on his first mission with MSF in 1991. read more


Brief Report: Geographical Variation in Prevalence of Cryptococcal Antigenemia Among…

Objective: Worldwide, HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis affects approximately 1 million persons and causes 600,000 deaths each year mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.


War-Related Abduction and History of Incarceration Linked to High Burden of HIV Among Female…

Objective: Sex workers (SWs) in sub-Saharan Africa face a disproportionate HIV burden and growing concerns of severe human rights violations.


Brief Report: APOL1 Renal Risk Variants Are Associated With Chronic Kidney Disease in Children…

Abstract: APOL1 renal risk alleles are associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults, with the strongest effect being for HIV-associated nephropathy.


Mortality trends and differentials in South Africa from 1997 to 2012: second…

This study shows the reversal of HIV/AIDS, non-communicable disease, and injury mortality trends in South Africa during the study period. Mortality differentials show the importance of social determinants, raise concerns about the quality of health services, and provide relevant information to policy makers for addressing inequalities. Differences between GBD estimates for South Africa and this study emphasise the need for more careful calibration of global models with local data.


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