“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.” This is Read More
Time to “decrypt” a wily parasite ledison Mon, 03/20/2017 – 11:24 Mar 20, 2017 Robert Choy Cryptosporidium harms children—we need research and development to stop it. A lot of ugly things in nature are relatively harmless (Exhibit A: the star-nosed mole)—but Cryptosporidium, one of the featured bad guys in the video, “DefeatDD: Superheroes vs. Villains,” isn’t one of them. Unsettling under a microscope and dangerous in the human body, this tiny parasite is one of the most common causes of diarrheal disease (DD) worldwide. Yet for years, attention and research for “Crypto,” as it’s often called, has lagged.
From Flint to the Philippines, water is power ledison Fri, 03/10/2017 – 14:23 Mar 22, 2017 defeatDD We at DefeatDD stand in awe of the power of water. Without water, there would be no life. We drink it, we grow and cook our food with it, we wash our hands, bodies, and clothes with it, we flush our waste away with it, we use it for recreation and transportation, and we are mostly made of it. Water is a basic human necessity and a human right. If water is not safe and clean, however, it can become a death sentence.
Welcome to the new and improved DefeatDD.org! hrandall Thu, 03/02/2017 – 10:49 Mar 02, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Welcome to the brand spanking new DefeatDD.org! It’s the same crew, same priorities, and (mostly) the same content – just with an updated look, feel, and organization. As the DefeatDD team took on this website redesign, friends and colleagues have often asked me why. Well, for starters, our site is eight years old – which is, like, 1000 years old in digital years
In Savda Ghevra, a faecal sludge management system encourages families to build and use toilets hrandall Thu, 02/23/2017 – 22:59 Feb 21, 2017 The 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference is underway this week in Chennai, India, and there are several unresolved issues that need to be discussed, the most critical being the sewage that typically ends up staying inside poor urban settlements, with significant health and environmental implications. In 2007, the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) began working in Savda Ghevra, the largest planned resettlement colony at the North West edge of Delhi, helping with the rehabilitation processes. Water and livelihoods, followed by toilets, emerged as key community priorities, particularly for women. Savda lacks sanitation infrastructure. Its community toilets, fitted with septic tanks, are mostly unusable and frequently overflow, forcing people to defecate openly and without dignity.
Reuters: ‘Alarming’ superbugs a risk to people, animals, and food, E.U. warns “Superbug bacteria found in people, animals, and food across the European Union pose an ‘alarming’ threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday. A report on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria by…More
The 4th International Faecal Sludge Management Conference is underway this week in Chennai, India, and there are several unresolved issues that need to be discussed, the most critical being the sewage that typically ends up staying inside poor urban settlements, with significant health and environmental implications. read more
Objective: To examine the association between complementary feeding and risks of diarrhea and acute respiratory infection (ARI) among HIV-exposed infants aged 6–24 months.
The poo and the loo: a match made in heaven. When you work in global health – and have a toddler – poo is a frequent topic of conversation. Whether it’s breakfast, a walk to the playground, or a nice quiet dinner, I am always up for a good chat about defecation. But not everyone seems to share my affinity for this normal – and oh, so unifying – part of the human experience. So this Valentine’s Day, here are a few reasons why you should love poo, too: read more
by Daisuke Imamura, Masatomo Morita, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Tamaki Mizuno, Taichiro Takemura, Tetsu Yamashiro, Goutam Chowdhury, Gururaja P. Pazhani, Asish K. Mukhopadhyay, Thandavarayan Ramamurthy, Shin-ichi Miyoshi, Makoto Kuroda, Sumio Shinoda, Makoto Ohnishi Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease and a major public health problem in many developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America
Typhoid, one of the classic infectious diseases afflicting humanity, is still a relatively common illness in many lower-income and middle-income countries (LMIC).1 The disease is associated with chronic fever that, if not treated, can lead to complications such as intestinal perforation or neurological problems.2 The diagnosis of typhoid is complicated because clinical presentation can be non-specific and can resemble a number of other diseases, such as malaria, typhus, and various viral infections.
U.N. News Centre: Haitian Government, U.N., and partners launch two-year plan aimed at saving lives, building resilience “The United Nations together with relief organizations in Haiti have launched a two-year, $291 million response plan with the government to reach more than 2.4 million people across the island that was struck by a devastating hurricane last…More
by Stephen Nash, Alexander J. Mentzer, Swaib A. Lule, Dennison Kizito, Gaby Smits, Fiona R.
by Francis Mhimbira, Jerry Hella, Khadija Said, Lujeko Kamwela, Mohamed Sasamalo, Thomas Maroa, Magreth Chiryamkubi, Grace Mhalu, Christian Schindler, Klaus Reither, Stefanie Knopp, Jürg Utzinger, Sébastien Gagneux, Lukas Fenner Background Helminth infections can negatively affect the immunologic host control, which may increase the risk of progression from latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection to tuberculosis (TB) disease and alter the clinical presentation of TB. We assessed the prevalence and determined the clinical relevance of helminth co-infection among TB patients and household contact controls in urban Tanzania. Methodology Between November 2013 and October 2015, we enrolled adult (≥18 years) sputum smear-positive TB patients and household contact controls without TB during an ongoing TB cohort study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania