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“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More

“Zika is a test to see if we’ve learned anything from Ebola” — Emergency funding not…

Categories: Budget, U.S. Policy and FundingTags: zikaThe 1.9 billion dollars the Obama Administration has requested to respond to the Zika virus is not enough, according to Amy Pope. It’s not enough to build lab capacity, improve surveillance and diagnostics, and strengthen overall health systems so that the global community can anticipate emerging infections instead of reacting to them, she says. That, she […](Read more…)

How did Zika rise so quickly to the top of the global health policy agenda?

The World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Since then, transmission was identified in 18 countries Read More

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U.S. Should Learn From Brazil’s Experience With Zika, Address Sanitation Issues In Poor…

CNN: What Brazil could teach U.S. about Zika Amanda Klasing, senior women’s rights researcher at Human Rights Watch “…The [Zika] outbreak in Brazil exposed longstanding human rights problems that in turn exacerbated its impact. … Some communities in Alabama face conditions that are similar [to Brazil’s] in important ways. Like the northeast of Brazil, U.S.…More


In Series Of Letters, Sanofi Denies Rejecting U.S. Army Request For Fair Pricing Of Zika…

STAT: Sanofi denies rejecting Army request for a fair price on a Zika vaccine “In a series of letters to the U.S. Army and several senators, Sanofi is denying that it rejected so-called fair pricing for a Zika virus vaccine that the company is developing with American taxpayer funds. The missives were sent as a…More


Brazil’s Government Must Do More To Prevent Further Zika Outbreaks, HRW Report Says

Forbes: How Brazil’s Zika Epidemic Highlights Women’s Every Day Plight — Human Rights Watch “A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report looks at the aftermath of the Zika epidemic in Brazil — and also holds disturbing lessons for the U.S. The group interviewed more than 180 people impacted by Zika, mostly women with affected babies…More


More Investment In WASH Services Needed In Brazil To Prevent Further Zika Outbreaks, HRW Report…

Deutsche Welle: Zika could resurface in Brazil if causes not addressed, HRW says “Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Thursday that Brazil could face a new outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus if it fails to improve sanitation services and insecure water access for the poor. In a report, the rights group said that more…More


July 2017 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2017 WHO Bulletin includes editorials, news, and research and policy articles on various issues, including universal health coverage, alcohol use, Zika, and maternal and child health care (July 2017).


U.S. Senators Express Concerns Over Experimental Zika Vaccine License, Accessibility, Pricing

STAT: More lawmakers want the Army to hold a hearing on Zika vaccine pricing “A half dozen U.S. senators want the U.S. Army to hold a public hearing to explore the controversy over the pricing of a Zika virus vaccine that Sanofi is developing with taxpayer dollars. In a letter sent on Monday to Acting…More


NIAID Director Anthony Fauci Speaks With Devex About Working With Different U.S. Presidential…

The Atlantic: The Truth Teller “…[Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,] seemed surprised at the suggestion that he might do something other than what he’s been doing since he began leading the institute in 1984 — trying to protect people from diseases like Ebola, Zika, and HIV. This is…More


American Zika in 2016 and 2017: The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde and Dr. Jekyll

As North America heads into summer, Peter Hotez, co-Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, discusses the risk for Zika outbreaks and hopes Mr. Hyde doesn’t rear his ugly head. In 1886 Mr. Robert Louis Stevenson published


Bipartisan Group Of U.S. Lawmakers Request Army Hold Public Hearings On Zika Vaccine Licensing

Miami Herald: Florida congressional members want U.S. Army to hold public hearings on Zika vaccine “A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Florida has asked the acting secretary of the U.S. Army to hold public hearings before awarding exclusive rights to a French pharmaceutical manufacturer to develop a Zika vaccine using technology invented by…More


Trump Administration’s Expanded Mexico City Policy Could Harm Prevention, Treatment Efforts…

Yahoo News: U.S. Zika fears rise as Trump proposes foreign aid cuts “…[G]lobal health experts warn that [Zika] and [other diseases] like it will be much more difficult to contain in the future as Trump moves ahead with the reenactment and expansion of the Mexico City policy, a ruling that blocks U.S. federal funding for…More


U.S. Congress, Trump Administration Should Invest In Public Health Emergency Response Fund

The Hill: Congress, learn from Zika and Ebola — Update U.S. emergency fund Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute “The public health community has been closely watching proposals for a badly needed public health emergency response fund. Such a fund would jump-start the response efforts…More


Puerto Rico Health Ministry Says 2016 Zika Outbreak Over; CDC Asks Health Officials To Remain…

Reuters: Puerto Rico declares Zika outbreak over, CDC maintains travel warning “Puerto Rico on Monday declared that the 2016 Zika epidemic is over, saying transmission of the virus that can cause birth defects when pregnant women are exposed has fallen significantly…” (Steenhuysen, 6/6). STAT: Puerto Rico declares its outbreak of Zika virus is over “…In…More


India Reports 3 Zika Cases; Experts Say More Likely

New York Times: India Acknowledges Three Cases of Zika Virus “…Hardly anyone outside the government knew about the three cases until last week, after the World Health Organization announced that it had received reports about them from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Gujarat state government officials then spoke on May 28 with reporters,…More


Indian Health Officials Knew About Country’s First Zika Cases But Decided Against Public…

Washington Post: Officials knew about India’s first Zika case for months. But they didn’t tell anybody. “Officials in India knew about the country’s first case of Zika virus infection months ago. But they didn’t alert the public because they didn’t want ‘people to start panicking,’ one health official said this week.


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