Noncommunicable Disease


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Snake bite, another neglected tropical disease

As monsoon season approaches, millions of snake bites are expected to cause significant death and disability mostly in LMICs (up to 90,000 deaths worldwide and…

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Challenges to effective cancer control in China, India, and Russia

“Collectively, China, India, and Russia account for around 40% of the world’s population, experience 46% of all new cancers worldwide, and account for 52% of…


New #globalsurgery articles in WJS: Mozambique surgical admits, why clubfoot projects succeed & more

Surgical admissions in Mozambique, Surgical education program evaluation in East/Central Africa, What makes a successful clubfoot program, Ortho burden and workforce in Ghana are among…


International Injury Research Unit Media Report –April 24, 2014

  ANNOUNCEMENTS: Several students working with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit had the opportunity to present their work during the 2014 Hopkins Global…

10 reasons vaccines are the best protector of human life

Immunization is one of the most powerful health interventions ever introduced. Every year, the World Health Organization estimates, vaccines save between two and three million children from killers such as polio, measles, pneumonia, and rotavirus diarrhea. To mark World Immunization … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovative partnership connects kids, vaccine in LaosCervical cancer vaccines: will our best hopes be realized?Social entrepreneurs: here are two rules to ensure impact ;

Data Point To Association Between Child Malnutrition, Parental Mental Health

VOA News: Study in CAR Links Mental Health and Malnutrition “Data collected at a hospital in the Central African Republic suggest that many parents of malnourished children have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the international aid group Action Against Hunger…” (Long, 4/22).

International Injury Research Unit Media Report –April 23, 2014

 ANNOUNCEMENTS: Several students working with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit had the opportunity to present their work during the 2014 Hopkins Global Health…

Part 1: Combating Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya

Prevention and Control of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya: Issues and Barriers Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is the most common acquired heart disease in children (common age group is 5 to 15 year olds) in developing countries. Over 15 million people suffer from the condition, resulting in about 233 000 deaths annually. RHD is a chronic heart condition caused by rheumatic fever – whose main symptoms include fever, muscle aches, swollen and painful joints, and in some cases, a red rash. Rheumatic fever is as a result of an untreated strep throat that is caused by bacteria called group A streptococcal (strep) infection. Overcrowding, poor housing conditions, undernutrition and lack of access to healthcare play a role in the persistence of this disease in developing countries

The Daily Impact: Acute Malnutrition Risk for 250k Children in South Sudan

April 23, 2014 UNICEF warns that the current crisis in South Sudan is placing 250,000 children at risk of dying from malnutrition, warns UNICEF. From VOA: UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulieroc told VOA more than 3.7 million people in South Sudan are at high risk of not getting enough to eat.  Among them, he said are 740,000 children under age five.  “This means that if nothing is done to increase, to scale up the action against malnutrition – that means that 50,000 children under five could die unless they benefit from treatment …  But, the violence is really worsening the situation in this regard,” he said. UNICEF staff report many people are resorting to eating wild foods, such as bulbs and grasses. They warn the continuing conflict between the government and rebels is forcing more people to flee their homes. If the violence persists, it notes farmers might miss the planting season, which would increase child malnutrition to heights never seen before.

Acid violence – a most horrific form of denigration of women

Jocalyn Clark urges the global health community to press for high level change in legislation regarding acid violence. At a recent social function benefiting the Acid Survivors Foundation, I learned about an insidious worldwide problem that barely figures on the global health radar, but should. Acid violence, sometimes called acid throwing or an acid attack, involves throwing or pouring acid onto a person with the intent of killing or maiming them. The effects are heinous: the corrosive acid, usually sulfuric or nitric acid but sometimes bleach or petrol, melts skin, the eyes, ears, and bone, disfiguring the victim and often destroying their ability to speak, eat, see, and hear. The mental health consequences are as bad as the physical, it is reported, especially if the perpetrator is someone known to the victim, like a boyfriend, husband, or father.

International Injury Research Unit Media Report –April 22, 2014

  ANNOUNCEMENTS: Several students working with the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit had the opportunity to present their work during the 2014 Hopkins Global…

HPV Vaccine Effective Among Women With HIV, Study Shows

New York Times: Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in HIV Patients “Vaccines against cervical cancer work well even in sexually active women with HIV, a new study has found. It also found that women who already have one or two strains of the cancer-causing virus can be protected against others…” (McNeil, 4/21).

Ethical concerns with cervical cancer screening trials in India


Recently, the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics published an article by Dr. Eric Suba regarding ethical and scientific controversies about large-scale longitudinal randomized trials of various…