Infectious Disease



Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic: a report on the global response to Ebola

Source: Will Ebola change the game? Ten essential reforms before the next pandemic. The report of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Read More


Ebola case in Liberia confirmed by WHO: The Guardian

New case of deadly virus emerges in west African country, which had been declared Ebola free in September Source: Ebola case in Liberia confirmed by Read More


Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free

By Piet deVries, Senior WASH Advisor, Global Communities Everything changed with Ebola. For four years, Global Communities had been busy creating access to safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, helping to fight the spread of disease and improve health outcomes. Utilizing Community-Led Total Sanitation, we were making consistent progress, beginning work through the USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation […]


Strategies to reduce perinatal mortality

In the past few decades, there has been an impressive decline in the mortality of children younger than 5 years worldwide. Child mortality was given impetus by Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4, which aimed to reduce the under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015. Although this figure will not be reached globally, child mortality has nevertheless been reduced by 53% over this period.1 However, the reduction in neonatal mortality has been much slower, with the result that, by 2012, neonatal mortality constituted 44% of all deaths in children younger than 5 years.

Statement on the Seventh IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of…

The seventh meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 10 November 2015. The Director General of WHO had noted the concerns expressed by the Emergency Committee in its August 2015 report with respect to circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). In response, she convened this meeting of the Emergency Committee with broader terms than was previously the case to also look at outbreaks of cVDPV. During the current polio endgame cVDPVs reflect serious gaps in immunity to poliovirus due to weaknesses in routine immunization coverage in otherwise polio-free countries.

Health status and disease burden of unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents in Bielefeld,…

Objective This exploratory pilot study aimed to investigate the physical and mental disease burden of unaccompanied asylum-seeking adolescents arriving in Bielefeld, a medium-size city in Germany.

Cystic echinococcosis in South America: systematic review of species and genotypes of…

Objective To systematically review publications on Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato species/genotypes reported in domestic intermediate and definitive hosts in South America and in human cases worldwide, taking into account those articles where DNA sequencing was performed; and to analyse the density of each type of livestock that can act as intermediate host, and features of medical importance such as cyst organ location.

News in the Humanosphere: Number of people with HIV on ARVs doubles

Nearly 16 million people with HIV are now on life-saving an antiretrovirals (ARVs), according to a new report from UNAIDS. The addition of more than 2 million people this year alone is great, but is not fast enough says Doctors Without Borders. “It’s good news the pace of HIV treatment scale-up continues to increase, with

WHO’s new TB research framework to help high burden countries take leadership

Categories: TBTo develop tools to meet the goals set out in the World Health Organization End TB strategy, which includes reducing tuberculosis incidence by 80 percent and deaths by 90 percent by 2035, last week the WHO announced the launch of a global action framework for tuberculosis research. The framework outlines steps at global and national […](Read more…)

Summary of anti-malarial prophylactic efficacy of tafenoquine from three placebo-controlled…

Background: Tafenoquine is a long half-life primaquine analog being developed for malaria prophylaxis.

A paper and plastic device for the combined isothermal amplification and lateral flow detection…

Background: Isothermal amplification techniques are emerging as a promising method for malaria diagnosis since they are capable of detecting extremely low concentrations of parasite target while mitigating the need for infrastructure and training required by other nucleic acid based tests.

Dispensing and determinants of non-adherence to treatment for non complicated malaria caused by…

Background: In Brazil, 99.7 % of malaria cases occur in the Amazon region.

Portfolio and Platform Lead (Neglected Tropical Diseases) Job (Off-Site)

DivisionGlobal Health ProgramDepartmentNeglected Tropical DiseasesLocationOff-SiteFoundation OverviewGuided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to: • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive; • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives; • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and • Inspire people to take action to change the world. Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H

Lurking parasites key to malaria elimination

Entire communities must get drugs to kill dormant parasites and eliminate a major form of the disease, shows study.

HIV and alcohol knowledge, self-perceived risk for HIV, and risky sexual behavior among young…

Background: Namibia’s HIV prevalence is 13.3 %.

Impact of the Neglected Tropical Diseases on Human Development in the Organisation of Islamic…

by Peter J. Hotez, Jennifer R. Herricks

Complete Healing of a Laboratory-Confirmed Buruli Ulcer Lesion after Receiving Only Herbal…

by Arianna Andreoli, Ferdinand Mou, Jacques C. Minyem, Fidèle G. Wantong, Djeunga Noumen, Paschal K

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