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World Hepatitis Day | The Lancet

The Lancet publishes three research articles to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, Monday July 28, 2014. Of particular interest is a systematic analysis of hepatitis Read More


If polio is on the run, why do we need new tools to help prevent it?

Guest contributor Laura Anderson is an editor at PATH. In the past 25 years, global immunization efforts have eliminated polio from most regions of the world. Over the last two decades, the number of cases has dropped by more than … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesHow the right contraceptive can change a woman’s lifeWhat is PATH? A longtime colleague weighs inHow does military service provide unique training for global health work? ;


AIDS 2014: When HIV Research and Data Collection Is at Odds with “Do No Harm”

The following is a guest post from Health Policy Project Senior Policy Advisor Anita Datar and Health Policy Project Ron MacInnis, of the Futures Group. By Anita Datar, Senior Policy Advisor, and Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA —Using maps to understand spatial patterns in disease epidemics is […](Read more…)


Indonesian Health Minister Questions UNAIDS Gap Report

The Jakarta Post: Indonesia questions new UNAIDS report “Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has strongly questioned the validity of a Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) GAP Report released in Geneva on July 16, which categorized Indonesia as a country of concern given its increase in HIV new infections, along with several African countries…”…More

Northern Nigerian Doctors’ Strike Affecting HIV/AIDS Care

VOA News: Nigeria Doctors’ Strike Threatens HIV/AIDS Care “Nearly a month into a nationwide doctor’s strike, HIV/AIDS patients in some parts of northern Nigeria say health care is rapidly declining, and they have become largely dependent upon foreign aid organizations. Doctors say the strike is the only way they know to rescue Nigeria’s flailing health…More

World Hepatitis Day | The Lancet

World map

The Lancet publishes three research articles to coincide with World Hepatitis Day, Monday July 28, 2014. Of particular interest is a systematic analysis of hepatitis Read More

A review of the effects of artemether-lumefantrine on gametocyte carriage and disease…

While significant advances have been made in the prevention and treatment of malaria in recent years, these successes continue to fall short of the World Health Organization (WHO) goals for malaria control and elimination.

Access to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) and quinine in malaria holoendemic…

Background: Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) has been adopted as the most effective treatment against malaria in many endemic countries like Kenya while quinine has remained the second line.

"You’re losing your Ghanaianess": understanding malaria decision-making among…

Background: In the UK, the majority of imported malaria infections occur in the London area among UK residents of African origin who travel to Africa visiting friends and relatives (VFRs).

The challenge of artemisinin resistance can only be met by eliminating Plasmodium falciparum…

Artemisinin-based combinations are currently the most effective anti-malarials and, in addition to vector control, have led to significant declines in malaria morbidity and mortality.

Malaria Is Leading Killer In War-Torn CAR, MSF Says

Reuters: Malaria is the leading killer in Central African Republic: aid group “As a recent ceasefire deal boosts prospects for peace in Central African Republic, a key medical aid group warned on Thursday that malaria was the leading killer in the impoverished landlocked country…” (Donath, 7/24).

Attaining and Sustaining – malaria targets

Recent reports on the Global Burden of Disease with a focus on Millennium Development Goal #6 has stressed the improvement in malaria morbidity and mortality indicators since the Abuja Declaration of 2000. In particular, “Global malaria incidence peaked in 2003, with 232 million new cases, subsequently falling by about 29% to 165 million new cases in 2013.” The improvements are attributed in part to the large increase in funding. The remaining challenge derives in part from the fact that four countries, India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique account for nearly two-thirds of the global case load. Global progress in reducing disease has been achieved despite the fact that in these and many other countries, achievement of 2010 targets for malaria intervention coverage (80%) have lagged. In some cases national surveys have shown some declines in coverage (e.g

Risk Factors and Spatial Distribution of Schistosoma mansoni Infection among Primary School…

by Sachiyo Nagi, Evans A. Chadeka, Toshihiko Sunahara, Faith Mutungi, Yombo K. Dan Justin, Satoshi Kaneko, Yoshio Ichinose, Sohkichi Matsumoto, Sammy M

Cross-sectional Study of the Burden of Vector-Borne and Soil-Transmitted Polyparasitism in…

by Donal Bisanzio, Francis Mutuku, Amaya L. Bustinduy, Peter L.

Monitoring Antigenic Variations of Enterovirus 71: Implications for Virus Surveillance and…

by Min-Yuan Chia, Wan-Yu Chung, Pai-Shan Chiang, Yeh-Sheng Chien, Mei-Shang Ho, Min-Shi Lee Enterovirus 71 (EV71) causes life-threatening epidemics in Asia and can be phylogenetically classified into three major genogroups (A∼C) including 11 genotypes (A, B1∼B5, and C1∼C5). Recently, EV71 epidemics occurred cyclically in Taiwan with different genotypes. In recent years, human studies using post-infection sera obtained from children have detected antigenic variations among different EV71 strains.

IrSPI, a Tick Serine Protease Inhibitor Involved in Tick Feeding and Bartonella henselae…

by Xiang Ye Liu, Jose de la Fuente, Martine Cote, Ruth C. Galindo, Sara Moutailler, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat, Sarah I. Bonnet Ixodes ricinus is the most widespread and abundant tick in Europe, frequently bites humans, and is the vector of several pathogens including those responsible for Lyme disease, Tick-Borne Encephalitis, anaplasmosis, babesiosis and bartonellosis.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010: Interpretation and Implications for the Neglected…

by Peter J. Hotez, Miriam Alvarado, María-Gloria Basáñez, Ian Bolliger, Rupert Bourne, Michel Boussinesq, Simon J.

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