After a long and warm clinic day seeing kids in one of the Mayan communities we work, I asked Yoli, our auxiliary nurse in charge Read More
The Guardian: $10m campaign targets cervical cancer among girls in sub-Saharan Africa “A partnership worth $10m (£8.1m) to increase the uptake and awareness of a vaccine to protect girls from cervical cancer, which has higher death rates in sub-Saharan Africa than any other cancer, was launched on Tuesday. Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced it is…More
As part of NCDFREE’s current focus, #FeastOfIdeas is a unique global campaign, crowdsourcing solutions worldwide to reduce the burden of NCDs. This is the first article in our October series delving deeper into how we can use food to solve our biggest health challenges. By 2050, 25 million more children will be malnourished because of climate change impacts on our food systems. Wen Hao explores how to balance the complex issue between food security and reducing obesity levels worldwide. This startling statistic comes from a 2009 report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which compares models of crop growth under two climate scenarios.
Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. lawmakers to investigate funding of WHO cancer agency “Officials from the U.S. government’s health research agency are to be questioned by a congressional committee about why taxpayers are funding a World Health Organization cancer agency facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens. An aide to the U.S.
CNN: Zika funding falls short but will be well spent, health officials say “…The [$1.1] billion dollars Congress just gave the fight on Zika will be well spent, even if it’s not enough and much too late. That’s the message from Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and key public health officials Monday…”…More
Nature: Can Cuban science go global? “…For a country whose entire gross domestic product (GDP) is just half of what the U.S. government spends on research, Cuba punches above its weight in some areas of science. Fueled by relatively generous government support, biomedical researchers have managed to excel at creating low-cost vaccines, developing cancer treatments,…More
Washington Post: Ask a MacArthur genius: Just how cheap can cancer diagnosis get? “What’s the best way to bring cutting-edge health care to the world’s poorest places? It can be tempting to export money and equipment to solve the problem. … Could there be a better way?
CNN: How fungi kill millions globally “…[T]hese tiny organisms can be fatal and kill an estimated 1.5 million people globally each year. It’s a shockingly high figure and is greater than the number of people who die from malaria, more than twice the number of women who die from breast cancer, and an equivalent number…More
Governments face an uphill battle to control cancer. Simple messages and basic capabilities can help.
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
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