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In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;

Research Training in Limited-Resource Settings: A Call for Equitable Partnerships

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

Mapping the Zambian prison health system: An analysis of key structural determinants

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CDC’s Field Epidemiology Training Program Strengthens In-Country Public Health Workforce,…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Training the Future Public Health Workforce in Malawi: the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Kiran Bhurtyal of CDC Malawi discusses Malawi’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and the work and achievements of its trainees, writing, “Malawi has made much progress in public health in the past decade, but it has a…More


Chronic kidney disease and the global NCD agenda

2017 is an important year for the international nephrology community. March 9 was World Kidney Day, the theme this year being ‘Kidney disease and obesity: healthy lifestyles for healthy kidneys’, highlighting the crucial link between the kidneys and metabolic and cardiovascular health. In April, the Global Kidney Health Atlas, one of the largest health-related country capacity reviews in history, was launched at the World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City. The Atlas, a first for the nephrology community, is a multinational cross-sectional survey designed to assess need and capacity for kidney care worldwide and provide the foundation for a global surveillance network for chronic kidney disease (CKD) care.


WordPress.com Gets a Perfect Score from the EFF for Digital Privacy Rights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released its annual ‘Who Has Your Back’ report.


UNICEF Supports Community Health Workers, Humanitarian Drone Testing Corridor In Malawi

Mail & Guardian: Malawi’s village health heroes “…In Malawi, workers such as [37-year-old Amidu] Malope are called health surveillance assistants (HSAs) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which provides supplies to these assistants, has said they are one of the reasons child mortality has dropped by two-thirds: from 244 deaths for every 1,000 live…More


CDC-Supported Programs To Train Epidemiologists In Sierra Leone Help Curb Potential Widespread…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Keeping Kids Healthy in Sierra Leone Regan Rickert-Hartman and Tushar Singh, epidemiologists with CDC, discuss “improving surveillance systems and training the public health workforce in Sierra Leone,” particularly following the Ebola epidemic. They write, “Sierra Leone now has 58 disease detectives trained through the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) with…More


Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Immunization, Surveillance Efforts

Washington Post: We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio — and yet there’s Syria Editorial Board “…The numbers [of polio cases] are so low today that eradication may indeed be within reach, if there is not another setback in the remaining endemic countries. For this, immunization and surveillance must be sustained. … The one dark…More


Microsoft-Developed Mosquito Trap Helps Researchers Capture Specific Insects

New York Times: The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes “…The new traps, made by Microsoft, overcome one of the most frustrating aspects of insect surveillance: There are 56 species of mosquitoes in [Houston], and conventional traps suck in nearly all of them. Entomologists want only a few disease-carrying types, including Aedes aegypti,…More


Health Official Says DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Experimental Vaccine Use On Hold

Reuters: Ebola epidemic in Congo ‘under control’: health minister “Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the disease, and is now in a phase of heightened surveillance, the health minister said on Friday. … Health authorities have approved the use…More


India Reports 3 Zika Cases Detected Since February 2016, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says India reports cases of Zika virus “India has reported cases of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization said, adding that efforts should be made to strengthen surveillance. The WHO said that on May 15 India’s health ministry reported three confirmed cases from the western state of Gujarat. Cases were detected during…More


Almost half of all deaths now have a recorded cause, WHO data show

WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity.


Nearly Half Of All Deaths Worldwide Have Recorded Cause, Up From About One-Third In 2005

Reuters: More than half of world’s deaths still have no recorded cause: WHO “More than half of all deaths have no recorded cause, making effective health monitoring and policymaking far more difficult, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. However, improved collection of statistics meant that 27 million of the world’s 56 million estimated…More


CDC’s MMWR Discusses Progress Toward Measles Elimination In Africa

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Progress Toward Measles Elimination — African Region, 2013-2016 Balcha G. Masresha of the Immunization and Vaccines Development Program at the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa and colleagues discuss progress toward measles elimination in Africa by 2020, highlighting the efforts made toward and challenges of reaching vaccine coverage, surveillance, and disease incidence…More


Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind – How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine…

In Nepal, pediatricians meet with a caregiver and frontline vaccinators to learn how pediatricians can more effectively advocate for vaccine access. Today, more children are saved by vaccines than ever before, but over 19 million children are still missing out on these critical life-saving vaccines each year across the world (WHO, 2017). To put that in perspective, that’s almost the entire population of the state of Florida. Globally, coverage for the first dose of the measles vaccine has reached 85%, a remarkable accomplishment. Yet, in Somalia, progress in measles coverage has stagnated in the past five years, with coverage holding below 50%


Global mortality variations in patients with heart failure

Marked regional differences in mortality in patients with heart failure persisted after multivariable adjustment for cardiac and non-cardiac factors. Therefore, variations in mortality between regions could be the result of health-care infrastructure, quality and access, or environmental and genetic factors. Further studies in large, global cohorts are needed.


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