“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


Studies Examine Links Between Zika, Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome

CIDRAP News: Study bolsters Zika-microcephaly link, rules out others “A new Brazilian study adds further evidence to the link between Zika and microcephaly while ruling out for the first time an association between microcephaly and an important insecticide and between the condition and vaccines. In a final report of the case-control study, which was published…More

Drones Increasingly Being Used To Deliver, Deploy Medical Supplies, Public Health Interventions

PRI: To combat the spread of Zika, a nonprofit is using drones and sterile mosquitoes “…In partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Insect Pest Control Lab in Vienna, Austria, WeRobotics is testing out [drone] technology and hopes to put it to use in Zika hotspots in Latin America. But releasing hundreds of thousands…More

NIH Defends Choice Of Exclusive Zika Vaccine License Recipient Amid Conflict-Of-Interest…

CQ HealthBeat: NIH Pushes Back on Zika Vaccine Conflict Allegation “The government’s premier medical research agency is refuting allegations that its choice to help bring a Zika vaccine to market was a conflict of interest. … In October, [NIH] announced that it was planning to grant an exclusive license to California-based PaxVax, Inc., a small…More

More News In Global Health

The Atlantic: The Muslim Overpopulation Myth That Just Won’t Die (Varagur, 11/14). Bloomberg: Deadly Air Pollution Becomes a Common Enemy for Rivals India and Pakistan (Kay/Marlow, 11/14). CIDRAP News: Brazilian study indicates Zika may have hit poor hardest (Soucheray, 11/14). CNN: 16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity over health of planet (Christensen, 11/15). Devex:…More

Including Pregnant Women In Clinical Trials Could Be Key To Developing Effective Zika Vaccine

The Hill: To find an effective Zika vaccine, we must include pregnant women in the trials Jae Jung, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC; and Suan-Sin Foo, postdoctoral scholar and research associate in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the…More

Pneumonia Can Be Effectively Treated, Prevented With Investments In Health Care Systems, Global…

Devex: Opinion: 3 ways to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia Marian Blondeel, senior communications specialist at the Malaria Consortium “Pneumonia is the deadliest infectious disease among children under the age of five worldwide — more than HIV, tuberculosis, Zika, Ebola, and malaria combined. … Shockingly, these deaths can be largely prevented as the disease…More

U.S. EPA Approves Use Of Bacteria-Infected Mosquitoes To Suppress Wild Populations In Limited…

Nature: U.S. government approves ‘killer’ mosquitoes to fight disease “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit viruses such as dengue, yellow fever, and Zika, Nature’s news team has learned. On 3 November, the agency told biotechnology start-up MosquitoMate that it could release…More

USAID’s October 2017 Global Health Newsletter Focuses On Social, Behavior Change In Global…

USAID: GH Newsletter — Social and Behavior Change in Global Health USAID’s October 2017 Global Health Newsletter focuses on social and behavior change in global health and features articles discussing the role of social and behavior change in addressing maternal and child health, community education and engagement, breastfeeding, malaria, family planning, and Zika (October 2017).

CSIS Report Examines Global Health Security Lessons For U.S. From Brazil’s Actions On…

Center for Strategic & International Studies: From AIDS to Zika Katherine Bliss, senior associate (non-resident), and Chris Millard, associate fellow, both of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, write about this report, “In May 2017, a small team from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center visited Brazil to better understand the country’s approaches toward issues…More

CNN Profiles Young Mothers In Brazil Who Gave Birth To Zika-Affected Infants

CNN: The forgotten mothers and babies of Zika “Barely more than children themselves when they give birth, many of the forgotten mothers of Zika-striken babies in the Brazilian state of Alagoas are shiny-new teenagers, just learning to navigate their developing bodies. Traversing the challenges of motherhood at that age is tricky at best; attempting to…More

U.S. EPA To Review Oxitec’s Genetically Modified Mosquito As Pesticide

WIRED: When is a mosquito not an insect? When it’s a pesticide “It took a decade for British biotech firm Oxitec to program a self-destruct switch into mosquitoes. Perfecting that genetic technology, timed to kill the insects before they could spread diseases like Zika and dengue fever, was supposed to be the hard part. But…More

NIH Official Discusses Need To Issue Exclusive License To Drug Company For Zika Vaccine…

CQ HealthBeat: NIH Tries to Ease Concerns About Zika Vaccine Deal “The federal government is considering granting a pharmaceutical company an exclusive license to further develop a taxpayer-funded vaccine for the Zika virus, just weeks after a similar arrangement was scuttled following blowback from health groups and lawmakers. … In a pair of conference calls…More

NIH To Continue Development Of Zika Vaccine As Disease Remains Threat, NIAID Director Says

Bloomberg BNA: NIH Wants to Develop a Zika Vaccine, Hopes Never to Use It “The Zika virus isn’t going away, and the southern hemisphere may even experience an uptick in cases early next year, the NIH’s infectious disease chief said Sept. 28. That’s why the National Institutes of Health continues to test an experimental vaccine…More

News Outlets Examine Health-Related Impacts Of Hurricane Maria On Puerto Rico

Bloomberg: The Hurricane Did One Good Thing for Puerto Rico: It Blew Away Zika “Hurricane Maria’s devastation had a silver lining for Puerto Rico: It killed, for now, most of the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. … But when a storm as strong as Hurricane Maria strikes, ‘those mosquito populations pretty much get wiped…More

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