Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More


Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More


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


USAID Announces Additional $12M In Haiti Hurricane Recovery Assistance; Aid Agencies Work To…

The Guardian: Haiti faces fresh cholera outbreak after Hurricane Matthew, aid agencies fear “…Less than two weeks after the earthquake, at least 200 suspected new cases of cholera have been detected in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which is sending one million cholera vaccines to Haiti at the end of this…More

Opinion Pieces Call For High-Level Meeting On TB, Additional Resources For Research Into…

Huffington Post: We Cannot Deny It Anymore. TB Is The New Global Health Emergency Lucica Ditiu, executive secretary at the Stop TB Partnership “…TB is the new global health emergency. … [I]n order to end TB, we need to fight a full-fledged war. And to win this, there are four things we must do: 1.…More

U.N. Agencies Work To Deliver Aid, Cholera Vaccines To Haiti 1 Week After Hurricane Matthew

U.N. News Centre: Haiti: Seeking to fend off cholera threat, U.N. agencies deliver aid, call for risk reduction “One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, United Nations agencies are continuing the massive relief effort under way on the ground, scrambling to fend off the threat of cholera, delivering life-saving supplies, and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure,…More

Vaccine Donations Undermine Efforts To Increase Access To Affordable Medicines

Medium: There is no such thing as “free” vaccines: Why we rejected Pfizer’s donation offer of pneumonia vaccines. Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières in the U.S. “…Free is not always better. Donations [of vaccines] often involve numerous conditions and strings attached, including restrictions on which patient populations and what geographic…More

Global Community Must Act Urgently To Deliver Cholera Vaccine To Haiti

The Guardian: Hurricane Matthew: Haiti needs vaccines to stop deadly cholera spreading Anita Zaidi, director of the enteric and diarrheal diseases program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the vaccine delivery team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…[T]hough six years have passed [since the Haiti…More

Drones Undergo Testing In Africa To Deliver Vaccines, Other Medical Supplies

Associated Press: Drones carrying medicines, blood face top challenge: Africa “…As drones quickly pick up momentum around the world in everything from military strikes to pizza delivery, Africa, the continent with some of the most entrenched humanitarian crises, hopes the technology will bring progress. … Those trying out drones for humanitarian uses in Africa warn…More

A new way to measure progress in global health

By Sean McKee, special to Humanosphere The world has made tremendous progress in global health during the past 25 years, reducing the impact of some major killers like HIV or, well, childbirth, and greatly expanding access to drugs or vaccines to prevent and treat many millions of the poorest people on the planet. But sustaining

Venezuela’s Doctors Call For Additional Resources For Diphtheria Vaccines, Antibiotics Amid…

Reuters: Venezuela doctors sound alarm on reported return of diphtheria “Venezuelan doctors on Thursday warned of a diphtheria outbreak in the crisis-stricken country, calling on the government to boost availability of scarce vaccines and antibiotics to stem the disease which local media and the opposition report has killed some two dozen people…” (Ulmer, 10/6).

Mitigating Risks Critical To Ending Polio Globally

PLOS Medicine: Sailing in Uncharted Waters: Carefully Navigating the Polio Endgame Elizabeth Miller, consultant epidemiologist in the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department at Public Health England, and T. Jacob John, consultant pediatrician at the Child Health Foundation, discuss the risks and benefits of the use of oral poliovirus vaccines (OPV) and inactivated polio vaccine…More

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Receives Market Approval In 11 Countries

Reuters: Sanofi’s dengue vaccine approved in 11 countries “Sanofi Pasteur, Sanofi’s vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, had received market approval in eleven countries. To date the vaccine has been approved in Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore, the statement said…” (Vidalon,…More

Cuban Scientists Make Progress In Various Health Research Areas Despite Multiple Challenges

Nature: Can Cuban science go global? “…For a country whose entire gross domestic product (GDP) is just half of what the U.S. government spends on research, Cuba punches above its weight in some areas of science. Fueled by relatively generous government support, biomedical researchers have managed to excel at creating low-cost vaccines, developing cancer treatments,…More

Measles has been eradicated in the Americas – why should we care?

Debates about the safety of vaccines may rage on in the U.S., Canada and other high-income countries, but the widespread use of vaccines has eradicated measles in the western hemisphere. While other diseases like Zika, malaria and dengue continue unabated, measles in the Americas is dismissed as a disease of the past, aside from recent outbreaks in the

Global Health Diplomacy Must Be Understood, Utilized To Gain ‘Bigger Picture’ View,…

Devex: What do Ban Ki-moon, Justin Trudeau, Usher, and Bill Gates have in common? Global health diplomacy Gabrielle Fitzgerald, an executive in the philanthropic and global health fields, and Peter Small, founding director of the Global Health Institute at Stony Brook University “…Much of the progress we have seen recently on vaccines, nutrition, and global…More

The Reality of Rabies in Ethiopia: When Man’s Best Friend Becomes the Enemy

Street dog with puppies in Addis Ababa. Rabies is a disease that affects both people and animals, and is nearly always fatal once clinical signs have developed. In the United States, people are most likely to get rabies from a bat or raccoon. But in Africa and many other parts of the world, people fear getting rabies from their dogs. In Ethiopia, an African country with one of the largest rabies burdens on the African continent, it is estimated that over 2,700 people die of rabies each year.

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