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Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

One-and-a-half billion people across the world suffer from neglected tropical diseases, a group of infectious diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical countries lacking good health care infrastructure and medical resources.

November 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations. A case in point is South Africa’s efforts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks to reduce the […]

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counseling. Counsellors are trained to use local terms that patients feel comfortable with, such as Kuvhura pfungwa _(opening the mind), _kusimudzira (uplifting) and kusimbisa (to strengthen).

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

When it comes to killer diseases in Africa many people think of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, or even Ebola. But the reality is that diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease – known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – are a major threat.

July 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

Whoever fills the role, the new WHO director-general has a rocky road ahead

Given the number of other public and private organisations that are often better funded and focused on specific areas of public health, whether the WHO should shrink its scope and focus on pandemic response and to lending its support to strengthening core health systems is now being debated.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

Cutting funding for UN health programs not only hurts communities abroad, it puts the health of Americans at risk as well. We need a fully funded U.N. so it can carry out its vital work in coordinating the response to pandemics,

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington Global Health Alliance picks new CEO

Washington Global Health Alliance picks new CEO

The Washington Global Health Alliance’s new president and CEO will be Dena Morris, who formerly directed Washington, DC, office for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News High-profile advocacy groups for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and other diseases almost always accept funding from pharmaceutical firms, and many fail to report any contributions, new research shows. At least 83 percent of the nation’s 104 largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug, medical device and […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

Depression now leading cause of disability worldwide – WHO

From the World Health Organization: Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, the United Nations health agency today reported, estimating that it affects more than 300 million people worldwide – the majority of them women, young people and the elderly.

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More