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Lessons from the front lines

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 ;

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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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Global Health Organizations Urge Continued Funding For CDC Global Pandemic Prevention…

Business Insider: Bill Gates thinks an infectious disease outbreak could kill 30 million people in the next decade — but the U.S. is cutting efforts to prevent global pandemics “…A group of more than 200 global health organizations wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on [January 29] expressing grave concerns…More

Expiration Of CDC Funding To Assist With Disease Surveillance, Detection In Developing…

The Hill: CDC to cut global disease prevention efforts by 80 percent “…Government officials told the [Washington] Post that staffers abroad began receiving instructions about two weeks ago to start downsizing activities aimed at preventing epidemics … The funding for those programs had originated from a one-time emergency funding package passed by Congress in response…More

WHO Surveillance Report Highlights Global Threat Of AMR, Data Gaps

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: WHO report on global antibiotic resistance highlights growing threats in the face of surveillance gaps Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses findings from WHO’s recently released Global Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (GLASS) report. Barton notes the report’s findings “show some of the world’s most common and potentially deadly…More

WHO Data Show Antimicrobial Resistance Growing Among Common Bacteria In Both High-, Low-Income…

Intellectual Property Watch: WHO Antibiotic Resistance Data Show Worrying Trend; Industry Ready To Help “[Monday], the World Health Organization released its first set of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance. The data show that resistance to antibiotics is growing among the world’s most common bacteria, in both high- and low-income countries. Industry announced that it is…More

WHO Surveillance Data Reveal High Levels Of Antibiotic Resistance Globally

WHO: High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows “WHO’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries…” (1/29).

CDC To Cut Back Disease Prevention, Surveillance Operations In 39 Foreign Countries Due To…

The Hill: CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to significantly reduce its overseas work to fight disease due to coming funding cutbacks, according to an internal email reported by the Wall Street Journal…” (Sullivan, 1/19). Wall Street Journal: CDC to Scale Back…More

U.S.-Supported Mobile Technology Initiative Helping Egypt Better Address Drug Resistance In…

USAID/Medium: How to Fight Superbugs? The Antidote is in the Palms of These Nurses Hands Angela Rucker, writer and editor at USAID, discusses a U.S. government-supported project with Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population to help “hospitals establish a national surveillance system to record infections that happen in their facilities as well as cases of…More

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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