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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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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.


ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?


Preventing Local Outbreaks from Becoming Global Pandemics: FETP Enhances Capabilities to Track…

Christine Kihembo, FETP graduate from Uganda led a study in her country on Podoconiosis, a neglected tropical diseases that affects about 4 million people around the world. Above, the typical asymmetrical lymphedema (lower limb swelling) seen in podoconiosis. The skin on the affected limbs is thickened with warty and mossy nodules and toes are disfigured. Photo credit: Christine Kihembo. Every day, somewhere in the world, field epidemiologists or “disease detectives” save lives by detecting and controlling disease outbreaks.


Virulent bird flu strain threatens to spill out of China

Human cases of H7N9 have re-emerged in China as FAO calls for more surveillance, rapid detection to halt its spread.


Blog Post Highlights MMWR Reports On DRC Yellow Fever Outbreak, Global Polio Surveillance…

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Yellow fever, polio reports highlight obstacles to disease prevention, control, eradication Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” highlights two recent reports published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One report discusses an August 2016 yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,…More


Tick, tock, tick tock—While others sleep, what are CDC experts doing to keep America safe?

Children wait for a bus on a street in downtown Mysore, India. The CDC is carrying out a range of programs in India to ensure a healthy and safe future for kids like these. (Photo Courtesy: David Snyder CDC Foundation) A team from the Zambia Ministry of Health administers a questionnaire to a family in Siavonga District. As the clock ticks and people sleep peacefully, public health experts from CDC’s Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) in collaboration with subject matter experts across CDC both in Atlanta and around the world are working 24/7 to support the agency’s mission to protect the health and safety of Americans and save lives.


Global monitoring of safety of immunization in pregnancy

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