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Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More

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The decline in mortality due to acute complications of diabetes mellitus in Brazil…

Background: Mortality from acute complications of diabetes, a predominantly preventable condition, although controlled in high income countries, remains a major challenge for low/middle income countries.

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Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.

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Resource Management, Partnerships, Innovative Financing Important Under New Development Agenda,…

Devex: UNFPA chief: New development architecture will mean adaptation, more cooperation “The architecture of the development agenda and how it will be financed has changed, but the U.N. Population Fund is adapting and looking to new partnerships and innovative financing to continue to promote reproductive health and family planning. ‘I think that management of resources…More


Parental doubt drives drop in vaccination

Safety concerns and inconvenient delivery are barriers to vaccine acceptance, WHO warns.


Success Of SDGs Requires Sustained International Commitment, Strong Accountability Mechanisms

Project Syndicate: Another Great Leap Forward for Development Javier Solana, president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution “…Without strong accountability mechanisms, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will amount to little more than an exercise in raising awareness, effectively subordinating the health, dignity, and prosperity of…More


A First Responder on the Front Lines of the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis

Doa’a is a health program officer in Yemen working for International Medical Corps. Since last spring her reports have appeared on our website providing a rare view from inside a country at war where 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.The violence is so pervasive that few outside organizations remain in the country.Doa’a’s blog posts portray a nation whose people hover on the edge of catastrophe—where stocks of fuel, food, water, and medical supplies are severely depleted, where over half Yemen’s 25 million people are in danger of not having enough to eat and war is never far away.  If I see injured people within half a mile from my home, I run out to try to save them. Doa’a is 30 years old and lives and works in the southern port city of Aden. She’s married and has a baby boy. In her blog last May she described chaotic scenes as fighting came to her once-calm neighborhood.Despite bombings and constant shooting, Doa’a remained calms and tried to provide assistance wherever and whenever she can.In one entry, she wrote, “If I see injured people within half a mile from my home, I run out to try to save them.


Wipe out polio in Africa for good

This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on August 21, 2015 CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden This week, we detailed in a report with cautious optimism that polio will be gone not only in Nigeria but in all of Africa. Only a few years ago, Nigeria was Africa’s last outpost of polio and seemed to be losing the battle against the disease. In 2012, Nigeria recorded 122 cases — more than half of all cases worldwide. With dedication and hard work from the Nigerian government and Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners such as Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as tens of thousands of health workers, nearly every child in the country was vaccinated against polio.


More Data Needed On E-Cigarette Usage, Awareness, Potential Harm In LMICs

JAMA: The Global Health Implications of e-Cigarettes Andrew Chang of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Michele Barry, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health “…Eighty-four percent of the world’s smokers live in [low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)]. … The health effects of [e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)] can stress…More


Better Community-Based Prenatal Supplement Delivery Platforms Needed To Reach Pregnant Women…

Huffington Post: Pregnant Women World-Wide Need Timely Access to Supplements Marion Roche, technical adviser at Micronutrient Initiative “…There are many questions to explore as to how to best reach pregnant women for their health and for their newborns. Could [multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS)] be part of the global solution? Given the potential benefits in switching…More


Amidst Ebola Crisis, Coordination and Long-Term Thinking Pay Off

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post:For most of us, only a handful of moments will etch themselves forever into our memories. For me, one came when I learned that Ebola had broken out in West Africa.It was December 2013 and I was watching the news. The ticker tape across the bottom of the screen confirmed an outbreak in Guinea. The news anchor didn’t even mention it.Then I watched from afar as the epidemic spread out of control and crossed the border into Liberia, a country I call my second home.My country was under attack and there was nothing I could do to help.


Senators call on White House for bold TB Action Plan

Categories: Drug Resistance, TBWith the deadline for submitting a national action plan to combat multidrug-resistant tuberculosis quickly approaching, a group of Senators has sent a letter to the White House applauding the Obama Administration on taking steps to combat the disease that kills more than 4,000 people every day. The plan – due to the White House on […](Read more…)


Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Photo from Daniel Agee

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More


Future Planning: Young People Making Choices

As I wrote nearly two years ago on VITAL, “family planning” seems to be a misnomer for most young people when it comes to sexual and reproductive health services.I’d just talked with a passionate, creative troupe of young Ethiopians during an IntraHealth Beat Making Lab partnership in Addis Ababa, and got to see them and other young people from around the world a few months later during the last International Conference on Family Planning in 2013. They made it clear that they weren’t, in fact, planning families. Instead, they were thinking about finishing school, finances, and, in some cases, taking care of their parents or younger siblings.Jillian Gedeon was one of them.”The term ‘future planning’ defines itself,” she says. “It is literally when you try to plan your future. This differs by person but can include educational goals, travel goals, personal goals, and family goals


A projected loss of $47 trillion from NCDs

Globally, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, account for six times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Over the next 15 years, the World Economic Forum projects an economic loss of $47 trillion from NCDs. Despite this burden, only 3% of development assistance for health is targeted toward NCDs. To address this gap, the American Heart Association, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and the NCD Roundtable published the brief, “Prevention & Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDS)” to provide findings and recommendations for how the US Government can better address the growing threat of NCDs. Recommendations include harmonizing NCD definitions through an inter-agency process, leveraging the expertise of diverse agencies alongside private investments, and continual funding of multilateral institutions that combat NCDs


The decline in mortality due to acute complications of diabetes mellitus in Brazil…

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Background: Mortality from acute complications of diabetes, a predominantly preventable condition, although controlled in high income countries, remains a major challenge for low/middle income countries.


Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingTags: Chris Beyrer, Deborah Birx, Julio Montaner, Lilian Mworeko, Mark Dybul, Michel Sidibe, Vancouver ConsensusA commentary published online today in The Lancet co-authored by leaders of global funding agencies and organizations as well as leading researchers, clinicians, and civil society workers responding to HIV globally calls for immediate access to antiretroviral treatment for all people infected with HIV, without rationing based on geographic location or advanced state of illness. […](Read more…)


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