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“Access to information literally saves lives:” free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More

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Malaria burden and costs of intensified control in Bhutan, 2006–14: an…

The malaria burden in Bhutan decreased significantly during the study period with high coverage of long-lasting insecticidal nets. The foreseeable challenges that require national attention to maintain a malaria-free status after elimination are importation of malaria, especially from India; continued protection of the population in endemic districts through complete coverage with long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying; and exploration of local funding modalities post-elimination in the event of a reduction in international funding.

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Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More

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New York Times Examines Return Of Malaria To Venezuela Because Of Black-Market Gold Mines

New York Times: Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines “…[Venezuela] is a society turned upside down, a place where educated people abandon once-comfortable jobs in the city for dangerous, backbreaking work in muddy pits, desperate to make ends meet. And it comes with a steep price: Malaria, long driven to…More


Acceptability of malaria rapid diagnostic tests administered by village health workers in…

Malaria continues to top the list of the ten most threatening diseases to child survival in Tanzania.


Reviewing South Africa’s malaria elimination strategy (2012–2018): progress, challenges and…

With a sustained national malaria incidence of fewer than one case per 1000 population at risk, in 2012 South Africa officially transitioned from controlling malaria to the ambitious goal of eliminating malar…


High mobility, low access thwarts interventions among seasonal workers in the Greater Mekong…

During the process of malaria elimination in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, mobile and migrant populations (MMPs) have been identified as the most at-risk demographic.


Adding a single low-dose of primaquine (0.25 mg/kg) to artemether-lumefantrine did not…

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently recommended the addition of a single low-dose of the gametocytocidal drug primaquine (PQ) to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in low transmission setting…


Reductions in malaria in pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes following indoor residual…

Indoor residual spraying of insecticide (IRS) is a key intervention for reducing the burden of malaria in Africa.


Deadly strain of malaria on the rise in parts of South America

Zika may be the top contender in the public’s mind as the world’s biggest mosquito-borne disease threat, but some health workers in South America are seeing a worrying new counter-punch from malaria. With much of the world’s attention on fighting the Zika virus, there have been significant strides in the effort to combat the aedes species


Burden of malaria is higher among children in an internal displacement camp compared to a…

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violent conflict has caused the displacement of millions of people into camps where they are exposed to poor living conditions and high rates of infectious diseas…


Markov chain Monte Carlo and expectation maximization approaches for estimation of haplotype…

Haplotypes are important in anti-malarial drug resistance because genes encoding drug resistance may accumulate mutations at several codons in the same gene, each mutation increasing the level of drug resistan…


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


Influence of the agrochemicals used for rice and vegetable cultivation on insecticide…

Vector control can contribute to the development of resistance to insecticides in malaria vectors.


Glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue, liraglutide, in experimental cerebral malaria: implications…

Cerebral malaria from Plasmodium falciparum infection is major cause of death in the tropics.


Stopping Viruses that Don’t Respect Borders

CDC’s Global Immunization Plan In the first seven months of 2016 alone, 13 states reported outbreaks of measles, a highly infectious disease that killed 400 to 500 Americans a year and hospitalized nearly 50,000 more as recent as the 1950s. With the advent of the measles vaccine, routine immunizations, and the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, measles is no longer endemic (it was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000). But regular measles outbreaks, caused by travel to places with outbreaks (such as England, France, India, Philippines) and pockets of communities with unvaccinated people, as well as other viruses newly imported into the U.S., underscore the importance of improving global immunization.


My early memories led to a life serving others

My most vivid memories of my early childhood are twofold: lying on a hospital bed with my legs in the air, and watching my younger brother draw his last breath as a result of severe hot water burns he suffered during his hospitalization in what was then Northern Rhodesia. According to my parents, I should […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes retombées du Brexit feront-elle perdre à l’Afrique tout espoir d’élimination du Paludisme?Will Brexit fallout derail Africa’s hope to end malaria?Human milk banks: bringing a superfood to all the babies ;


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