Dr. Jim Kim, the president of the World Bank and one of the founders of Partners in Health, recently gave a talk about changing the Read More
Governments face an uphill battle to control cancer. Simple messages and basic capabilities can help.
Photos by Leslie Friday / Partners In HealthGeorgina Diaz, a community health worker for Partners In Health in Mexico, prepares to cook tortillas at her home in Reforma, Chiapas. It was still pitch black when Georgina Díaz’s alarm went off at 3 a.m. The 34-year-old single mother peeled herself from bed and started plugging away at the morning’s routine in Reforma, Chiapas. Roosters crowed, despite the absence of the sun, as she lit a corn husk and touched it to dry wood stacked in the outdoor stove behind her family home.
Syria’s ceasefire was on the brink of collapsing Sunday after a U.S.-led coalition strike killed dozens of regime soldiers and Aleppo city was hit by its first raids in nearly a week. The barrage of strikes on rebel-held districts of Aleppo risks reigniting battlefronts there and could be the most serious threat to the ceasefire so
SciDev.Net: Cancer in poor countries: Too big to tackle? “A revealing metaphor kicked off a day of discussions about tackling cancer in poor countries at the Royal Society of Medicine this week. If you think of global health as Mount Everest, cancer control would be a small flag at its peak, said Richard Sullivan, professor…More
U.N. News Centre: Sanitation initiative in south-eastern Haiti shows promising results — UNICEF “A sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti has shown encouraging results, with a major reduction in the number of waterborne infections for local residents, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)…” (9/22).
U.N. Dispatch: A rare thing happened at the U.N. this week: Leaders agreed to fix a problem BEFORE it becomes a full-blown crisis Mark Leon Goldberg, managing editor of the U.N. Dispatch, discusses outcomes on antimicrobial resistance during this week’s U.N.
Humanosphere: Conflict zones pose final threat to eradicating polio Humanosphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses an event that took place Tuesday in New York highlighting challenges to polio eradication, especially in conflict settings. She includes comments made at the event from CDC Director Thomas Frieden and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (9/22).
Agence France-Presse: Mixed report for global health progress “The world has made progress in curbing infant mortality, stunted growth, and other poverty-driven problems, while obesity, alcohol abuse, and partner violence has risen, a major review of U.N. health goals said Wednesday…” (Le Roux, 9/21). Bloomberg News: America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s…More
PLOS Medicine’s Associate Editor Tom McBride interviews Bruce Miller, Guest Editor for our Special Issue on Dementia, in the first of two podcasts. ; Dr. Bruce Miller is the Director of the Memory and Aging Center at
Washington Post: Anthony Fauci: Forced to rob cancer research to pay for Zika vaccine push Jonathan Capehart, opinion writer ” ‘Hold up. Wait, wait, wait a minute.’ That was my response when Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told me that the ongoing congressional battle over Zika funding forced…More
You’ve likely heard of lab rats, but detection rats technology? APOPO, a Belgian non-profit, with headquarters in Tanzania, breeds, trains, and implements landmine and tuberculosis detection rats in Africa and Asia. Equipped with exceptional noses, African Giant Pouched rats have helped clear over 26 million square meters of land, including nearly 100 thousand landmines destroyed in Mozambique, Angola, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Once ravaged by civil and international wars, these lands are now suitable for community use. Source: APOPO Tuberculosis (TB) kills over a million people annually. In countries such as Tanzania and Mozambique, prevalence of tuberculosis is high while detection and treatment are low. This discrepancy is attributable to a lack of diagnostic equipment, trained staff, and lagging infrastructure and utilities. A trained tuberculosis detection rat – otherwise known as a HeroRAT – can screen 100 samples in 20 minutes. The same task would take a trained technician 4 days. In Tanzania alone, over 8 thousand positive TB samples that were missed by technicians were identified by HeroRATS. Source: APOPO Could programs like APOPO fundamentally change the way we think about rats and their role in public health? To find out, we must first take a look back at our long, intertwined history, past traditional research laboratories, and into a future where rats may well be our colleagues. Wherever people make a home, rats are sure to follow.
Quartz: TB-tracking headbands, mapping cancer, and a malaria hackathon: How data is fighting disease in Africa “…At a recent five-day hackathon, medical researchers from around the world joined forces to work through data mapping solutions to malaria. Other more long-term research projects are also using data to treat diseases like cancer and tuberculosis. … [Some…More