Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

One year after recovery, Ebola survivors likelier than peers to suffer disabilities

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Problems that included compromised vision, mobility, memory and concentration, as well as depression, anxiety and fatigue dogged Ebola survivors a year after their illnesses at rates significantly higher than among people close to them who had not been sick, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases has found. The study examined rates of disabling challenges […]

Ebola survivor study finds evidence of virus in semen more than two years after illness

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Prolonged persistence of virus has personal, public health, research implications A Liberia-based study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases has found evidence of Ebola in the semen of 11 of 137 Ebola survivors who donated samples more than two years after the onset of their illness. The study followed 149 survivors of the 2013 – […]

In wake of Ebola healthworker toll, challenge builds better personal protective equipment

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One of the most dangerous times for health workers during the 2014 – 2016 Ebola crisis in West Africa came when they took off the protective gear that covered them head to toe as they cared for patients. An intricate process of removing at least half a dozen overlapping layers of equipment, the “doffing” of […]

Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa

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The following is a guest post by Courtney Chiaparas for MEASURE Evaluation Malaria disproportionately affects poor, rural populations, with pregnant women and young children at highest risk of severe illness and death. Addressing inequities with actionable strategies, such as the availability of insecticide-treated nets, has been the cornerstone of malaria control efforts for more than a […]

Survey found pregnant women in Puerto Rico concerned about spread of Zika, took some, but not consistent or comprehensive precautions

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By August 2016 the connection between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and severe debilitating neurological birth defects among infants had been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention four months earlier, and experts had termed the spread of the virus in Puerto Rico “explosive.” The needs to confront the virus effectively on […]

It’s time for a new question in disease outbreaks

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The following is a guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation. Diseases are not blind to gender. Many of them biologically prefer or are more in contact with one sex over another: be it male rice field workers occupationally exposed to leptospirosis[i] or school-age girls exposed to schistosomiasis when fetching water.[ii] Unfortunately, the […]

Global gag rule spelled out, restricting services, support and resources, turning recipients into enforcers across the foreign aid spectrum

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The foreign-aid restricting policy known as the Global Gag Rule for its intended impact on medical services offered to women in resource-limited countries, re-emerged this week in its new, sweeping form with restrictions to funding and activities of a greatly expanded range of health, and health-related service providers spelled out in detail in USAID’s Standard Provisions for […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]

While understanding of DRC Ebola outbreak unfolds and highlights the continuing challenge of unknowns, responses demonstrate progress

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Pending regulatory, ethics approvals in-country, DRC government, WHO and MSF preparing to offer investigational vaccine to contacts, including healthworkers, frontline teams Suspected cases all found in single health zone, WHO regional office reports A month after the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have begun, knowledge of where, […]