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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
How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care

By Ashwin Vasan, Assistant Professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine Columbia University, New York City, NY In global public health, 2016 was a year defined by the end of two important emergencies: Ebola and Zika. But that doesn’t mean the risk either of these viruses pose has gone away. Zika transmission continues despite the World Health […]

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s immigration ban fuels fear for young doctors whose jobs may be in limbo

Trump’s immigration ban fuels fear for young doctors whose jobs may be in limbo

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which sparked protests abroad and in the U.S., is also raising fears about the impact on international medical students vying for training programs at U.S. hospitals, as well as young doctors in training from affected countries who are already working here. […]

February 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
One in seven Ebola survivors continue to suffer from ‘post-Ebola’ syndrome

One in seven Ebola survivors continue to suffer from ‘post-Ebola’ syndrome

Ebola’s forgotten victims – what we can learn from them and what we can do By Eric Delaporte, professor of Infectious  Diseases Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) Inserm, université de Montpellier, France The 2013-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa caused thousands of deaths – precisely 11,310, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). But what […]

January 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

Slum health is not urban health: why we must distinguish between the two

By Alex Ezeh, African Population and Health Research Center; Blessing Mberu, African Population and Health Research Center, and Tilahun Haregu, African Population and Health Research Center We live in an urban century. Already more than 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. The United Nations estimates that by 2030 five billion of the world’s […]

December 21, 2016 | By | Reply More