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What global health can learn from Starbucks, Trident Seafoods and Microsoft

What can supply chain experts from Starbucks, Microsoft and Trident Seafood share with public health practitioners at the Gates Foundation? Quite a lot, as it turns Read More

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CDC Director: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola

By Tom Frieden “We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick, because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola Read More

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Courage is not the absence of fear: responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Linda Meta Mobulaa | Global Health Science & Practice |  “During the height of the Ebola epidemic, I had the unique opportunity of working at the Read More

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Social Determinants of Health: Agriculture and Malnourishment

One of the reasons I decided to go into medicine was the belief that good health is fundamental to being able to live a meaningful life beyond the daily struggle for existence, one that might include a career, involvement with one’s community, or any other of the aspirations a person might have. After a few…


What global health can learn from Starbucks, Trident Seafoods and Microsoft

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What can supply chain experts from Starbucks, Microsoft and Trident Seafood share with public health practitioners at the Gates Foundation? Quite a lot, as it turns Read More


CDC Director: Why I don’t support a travel ban to combat Ebola

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By Tom Frieden “We don’t want to isolate parts of the world, or people who aren’t sick, because that’s going to drive patients with Ebola Read More


Mental Health Reflection – You are not weak.

This week, guest blogger Ashley Ng writes a reflective piece and poem on Mental Health, as Mental Health Day rolls by. Ashley is a PhD student at Deakin University and lives with diabetes. NCDFREE have recently launched their global campaign called #TheFace of NCDs. NCDs or Non-Communicable Diseases are health conditions that are non-infectious and cannot be passed from one person to another.


Courage is not the absence of fear: responding to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Linda Meta Mobulaa | Global Health Science & Practice |  “During the height of the Ebola epidemic, I had the unique opportunity of working at the Read More


Health system indicators everywhere! Will we know success when we see it?

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I attended the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Cape Town last week. The central focus and theme of the conference this year Read More


We have ignored supply chains for essential medicines and devices, and that’s fueling the Ebola epidemic

Jason Nickerson in El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan

I recently wrote of the need to understand the Ebola epidemic from the perspective of health systems. As the epidemic continues to spiral out of Read More


Is There a Role for PPPs in Cancer Control?

This week, Harvard graduate and World Bank consultant Toni Kuguru writes on the role of Public-Private Partnerships in cancer control, focusing on resource-poor settings. Pan Africa Life Cancer Challenge 2014 In July, nearly 500 people ascended onto the grounds of the Nakuru Athletic Club to receive free cancer screening.  Spread across six counties in Kenya, this was the third of six free screenings conducted as part of the Pan Africa Life Cancer Challenge 2014.  While cancer is the third leading cause of death in Kenya only after infectious and cardiovascular diseases[1], routine cancer screening – a cost-effective preventative measure – is alarmingly low throughout the country.  Therefore to raise awareness of cancer and the importance of routine screening and early detection, Pan Africa Life has partnered with the Africa Cancer Foundation, Philips Healthcare and public, private, semi-private health providers to offer one day of free cancer screening in six counties. In three cancer screenings, a total of 1,820 men and women were screened for prostate, cervical and breast cancer. Patients waiting to be screened at the Nakuru Athletic Club Cancer in Kenya – a few facts The three most prevalent cancers are cervical, breast and prostate cancers and these three are responsible for almost a quarter of all cancer-related deaths[2].


Non-Communicable Disease: It’s Our Challenge, We Need Your Help.

This week, Alessandro covers the launch of a new campaign aiming to put a face and a narrative to the leading cause of global deaths – NCDs. Fresh from NCDFREE, this crowd-sourced, online community celebrates those living with and NCD, or affected by one. Fact: in 2013, three out of five global deaths resulted from an NCD. Fact: the true face of the global epidemic of NCDs is not an older, richer, American male – but likely to be under 70, living in poverty and probably living in Asia. Watch and share this short film to learn more


How Design Can Heal

Please take a moment to watch this video by our friends in architecture – the MASS Design Group – who helped to construct the Butaro hospital.

Link: http://vimeo.com/106936022


GSK and NewLink boost capacity to make Ebola vaccines

Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and NewLink Genetics say they are increasing their efforts to make Ebola vaccines.


Drug shortages put 150,000 HIV/AIDS patients at risk in India

India could run out of a critical medicine in its free HIV/AIDS drugs program in


The limits of global health diplomacy: Taiwan¿s observer status at the world health assembly

In 2009, health authorities from Taiwan (under the name ?Chinese Taipei?) a formally attended the 62nd World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization as observers, marking the country?s participation for the first time since 1972.


Country progress towards the millennium development goals: adjusting for socioeconomic factors…

Background: The Health Millennium Development Goals (4, 5, 6) impose the same ambitious 2015 targets on every country.


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