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New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

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Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More

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Why smart government spending matters for the SDG medicines target

The World Health Organization’s first global report on diabetes  highlights the disease’s “alarming surge” with rates that have quadrupled in fewer than three decades. The report reminds us Read More

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Officials, Advocates Concerned Over Drop In HIV Funding Documented In UNAIDS/Kaiser Family…

IRIN: As AIDS money shrinks, who loses? “As the global public health community gathered in the South African city of Durban this week to talk about the end of AIDS, they were greeted with news that annual international support for combating the epidemic had fallen by more than US$1 billion. The news added weight to…More


Kaiser Family Foundation Updates Fact Sheets On U.S. Government, Global Efforts On NTDs,…

Kaiser Family Foundation: The U.S. Government and Global Neglected Tropical Disease Efforts This updated fact sheet discusses the U.S. government’s efforts to address neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) around the world, as well as global statistics related to, interventions to address, and international goals to control NTDs (7/19). Kaiser Family Foundation: The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic This…More


Britain’s Prince Harry, Sir Elton John Address AIDS 2016 Conference, Urge Young People To…

Agence France-Presse: Prince Harry and Elton John speak out at AIDS summit “Britain’s Prince Harry and Sir Elton John shared a stage in South Africa on Thursday, warning that complacency threatened efforts to defeat AIDS and urging young people to lead the fight. Addressing about 1,000 delegates at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, Prince…More


South Africa To Implement New Prevention, Treatment Strategies To End AIDS; Bill Gates Says…

PBS NewsHour: How South Africa, the nation hardest-hit by HIV, plans to ‘end AIDS’ “…[O]ur series The End of AIDS wraps up in South Africa, where, this week, many of the world’s top scientists, researchers and advocates are meeting in Durban. Among the topics: Is the end of AIDS really a possibility? Perhaps no nation…More


PrEP Effective In Reducing HIV Infection Risk; Other Experimental Therapies Show Potential As…

aidsmap: PrEP can further reduce the risk of HIV infection after a partner starts treatment “Offering Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the HIV-negative partner in a serodiscordant couple during the first six months after the HIV-positive partner starts antiretroviral therapy (ART) can serve as a ‘bridge’ to provide further protection against HIV infection, researchers reported…More


U.S. President Obama Encourages Foreign Aid Continuity At White House Global Development Summit

Devex: President Obama takes ‘victory lap’ at global development summit “President Barack Obama — and key members of his foreign policy team — enjoyed what many called a development ‘victory lap’ this week in Washington, D.C. Officials billed Wednesday’s White House Summit on Global Development as one part ‘celebration’ and one part ‘recommitment.’ In the…More


SDGs Should Be Inspiration For Nations Beset With Conflict, U.N. Official Says; Report Ranks…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: U.N. goals to cure global woes are beacon for troubled nations, official says “Nations grappling with conflict and discord may be too absorbed by their own troubles to tackle goals set out by the United Nations to fight poverty, inequality, and other global woes, a top U.N. official said on Wednesday. For…More


Obama Administration Announces Availability Of $60M More In Zika Response Funding From…

Roll Call: Obama Administration Announces Added $60 Million to Fight Zika “Some $60 million will soon flow to states, cities, and territories to fight the Zika virus, White House officials announced Thursday. … An Office of Management and Budget aide confirmed on background that the additional $60 million comes from the $589 million in total…More


Typhoid versus typhus fever in post-earthquake Nepal

A few months after the 7·8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent strong aftershocks, outbreaks of scrub typhus were reported from various parts of the country, especially from districts affected by the earthquake.1 These outbreaks were thought to be due to people and rodents (which carry mites with the bacterium Orientia tsutsugamushi, the infective microbe in scrub typhus) living in close proximity in temporary shelters after the earthquake. Although typhus in Nepal has been well reported in large studies,2,3 the earthquake posed problems in diagnosis and treatment of the outbreaks, primarily because of poor awareness of the disease.


U.S. President Obama Urges Continuation Of Development Initiatives At White House Summit, Signs…

Associated Press: Obama: Development must remain top foreign policy plank “President Barack Obama, taking stock Wednesday of his efforts to boost living standards in developing countries, said he made global development a ‘fundamental pillar’ of U.S. foreign policy because it’s a good investment, and he urged his successor to continue to prioritize the issue. Obama…More


‘Test And Treat’ Goal Achievable, According To African Study Results Presented At AIDS 2016

Thomson Reuters Foundation: African study exceeds U.N. ‘test and treat’ goal for ending HIV pandemic “A U.N. goal to get seven out of 10 HIV positive people to take a test, start medication, and suppress the deadly virus in their blood is achievable, a study in East Africa showed on Wednesday, raising hopes of ending…More


New Strategy To End Pediatric AIDS Launched At AIDS 2016; Researchers Report Successes In…

aidsmap: New strategy aims to end AIDS in children by 2020 “A new strategy to end pediatric AIDS launched at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa on Tuesday calls for antiretroviral treatment services to reach 1.6 million children and 1.2 million adolescents by 2018. The Super-Fast Track strategy is intended…More


In AIDS 2016 Speech, Charlize Theron Encourages More Conversation About Roles Of Sexism,…

CNN: Charlize Theron: HIV spread through sexism, racism, homophobia “Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was born and raised in South Africa, where she grew up around HIV and experienced people dying from AIDS. Now 40, she blames society — not the infection — for why the virus still persists. … In an interview with CNN, Theron…More


Elton John AIDS Foundation, PEPFAR Announce First Recipients Of LGBT Fund Grants To Address…

Associated Press: Elton John: LGBT people must be part of AIDS fight “British musician Elton John on Wednesday committed money for protecting LGBT people in Africa, saying that leaving them behind in the fight against AIDS will only increase the spread of the disease. The rock star spoke at a global AIDS conference in South…More


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