José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More
Photo by / Zacharias Abubeker for UGHEDr. Kurt Figueroa (right) and Nurse Sebishyimbo François (left) see patients for their oncology consultations at Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda. Dr. Kurt Figueroa is a student at the University of Global Health Equity, a Partners In Health institution that launched in 2015 and trains health professionals in Rwanda how to manage the challenges of providing health care in poor places.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: A big-picture look at the world’s worst Ebola epidemic Mary Engel, staff writer at Fred Hutch, discusses an analysis published in Nature on the 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, writing, “An international effort to analyze the entire database of Ebola virus genomes from the 2013-2016 West African epidemic reveals…More
The Guardian: Recorded childhood cancers rise by 13% worldwide, study finds “Childhood cancers have risen across the globe by 13 percent over 20 years, according to data from the World Health Organization’s cancer section. Cancer in children is comparatively rare; when it does occur it is more likely to have been triggered by something in…More
The Hill: George W. Bush pens op-ed urging full funding for anti-AIDS program “Former President George W. Bush is urging lawmakers to continue fully funding the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative he founded during his presidency to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa. … The budget proposal put forward by the…More
New York Times: Letter to the Editor: Fighting Deadly Diseases David S. Perlin, executive director at the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers “Combating infectious diseases … demands our attention as a prominent threat to American health and security. … Our own medical backyard is a proving ground for deadly diseases, as advances in cancer…More
Studies in Singapore suggest that customised treatment of cancer patients may be cost-effective.
Reuters: Former U.S. president Bush touts signature Africa AIDS program in Botswana “Former U.S. President George W. Bush touted his signature aid project for Africa during a visit to Botswana on Tuesday, saying he hoped Washington would recognize its importance in saving lives threatened by AIDS. … ‘I hope our government when they analyze what…More
Intellectual Property Watch: 17 Civil Society Groups Urge E.U. To Support WHO Resolution On Cancer “A range of civil society organizations [Thursday] issued a letter to European Union leadership urging support for a World Health Organization resolution that mandates a feasibility study on a fund for cancer research and development that delinks R&D costs from…More
Diluted vinegar. A flashlight. A set of trained eyes. These are the main requirements for a cervical cancer screening tool, called VIA, which put PATH front and center in the push to prevent cervical cancer around the globe.
POLITICO: Bad news for the bad-news agency “As President Donald Trump raises the axe on U.S. medical research funding, scientists across the Atlantic are trembling, too. The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), has long been a prime purveyor of bad news. Now, with big business blasting…More
New York Times: Why Trump’s NIH Cuts Should Worry Us Harold Varmus, professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, former director of NIH and the National Cancer Institute “…[I]t would be a mistake to be complacent about the president’s proposal [to cut the NIH budget by about $5.8 billion], because it is likely to have real consequences.…More
The Hill: Cancer prevention in Latin America also serves us here Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen, and Eric T. Rosenthal, independent journalist and founder of the National Cancer Institute’s Designated Cancer Centers Public Affairs Network “With the proposed federal cutbacks in medical research, global health, and diplomacy, it falls to other resources…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Can we fight childhood cancer in Africa the same way we fought HIV? Joseph Lubega, assistant professor of pediatrics at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and Baylor College of Medicine and director of the East Africa Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Training Program, and Phangisile Mtshali, director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s SECURE THE…More
Global Health TV: Combating Drug Resistance in Malaria Global Health TV posts a video interview with Dr. Leann Tilley of the University of Melbourne discussing how scientific advances, specifically those within biophysics, “can help understand and predict the behavior of malaria parasite within the human body. With this information, [Tilley] hopes it will assist the development…More
The Lancet: Women, power, and the cancer divide Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile “…[T]his Lancet Series focused on women’s cancers … exposes the striking reality of a cancer divide that jeopardizes women’s lives and wellbeing around the globe. It also situates cancer as an issue that has not received as much attention as other women’s diseases…More