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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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Malaria Efforts Need ‘Revision’ Of Approaches, More Funding To Achieve Global Goals By 2030

The Lancet: The global fight against malaria is at crossroads Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, and Abdisalan M. Noor, team leader for surveillance at the WHO Global Malaria Programme “…We must … recognize that globally we are not on track to meet the targets in WHO’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria…More


Global Efforts To Prevent Rubella, Related Congenital Syndrome Making Progress Worldwide

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Rubella and CRS Elimination: A Race Worth Winning Susan Reef, medical epidemiologist and Rubella Team lead, and Gavin Grant, medical epidemiologist, both with the CDC’s Global Immunization Division, discuss global efforts to prevent rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), including improved vaccination coverage and surveillance. The authors write, “The increase in…More


The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the…

On behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases A 46-year-old woman affected by a heart attack in Zimbabwe, a (male) heavy smoker aged 68 and recently diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia, a 52-year-old Indonesian man with neurological stroke sequelae due to long-term undiagnosed hypertension, …  All of them share underlying determinants and face the consequences of a rising global epidemic: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as they are commonly labelled. These “socially transmitted conditions”—as some (other) people would prefer to call them—are  estimated to account for 63% of global mortality nowadays. It is predicted that they will account for around 70% of global deaths by 2030, if business continues as usual. Even more importantly, NCDs are also significantly related to preventable premature mortality and disability. Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 die from an NCD.


CDC Working With National Governments To Eliminate Measles, Rubella Worldwide

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Looking Ahead to a Measles and Rubella Free World Robert Linkins, chair of the Measles & Rubella Initiative, and chief of the Accelerated Disease Control and Surveillance Branch at the CDC Global Immunization Division, discusses efforts to eliminate measles, rubella, and the associated congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), which can cause birth…More


Improving Country Surveillance, Diagnostic Capacity Critical To Preventing Epidemics

The Hill: We have to start preparing for the next deadly epidemic Alain Mérieux, president of the Mérieux Foundation “…If we can enable Africa and Asia to detect and respond to [disease] threats where and when they emerge, we can prevent millions of deaths there, and better protect ourselves in North America and Europe. ……More


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.


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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


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