Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

As cases of polio-like illness triple from previous year, public health officials increase surveillance, follow-up

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Two years after launching surveillance of acute flaccid myelitis, and amid climbing cases, CDC continues to seek cause, and notes gaps in knowledge of long term outcomes With three times the number of cases of a paralyzing illness, mostly affecting children, from the start of 2018 to the beginning of November than during that period […]

Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs at more than $53 billion

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Estimate exceeds previous estimates by more than $20 billion Deaths from non-Ebola causes contributed to highest West Africa outbreak costs, authors say During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children […]

Site provides global view of outbreak preparedness

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In July 2018, the arrival in Lagos, Nigeria of a man sick with Ebola represented a pivotal moment in the crisis that already was ravaging families, communities, health systems and economies across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The outbreak of the virus, which had started the previous December, unnoticed by the larger world with the […]

What is data use anyway?

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The following is a guest post by Michelle Li of MEASURE Evaluation At MEASURE Evaluation, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, we work with countries to strengthen health information systems to make changes that improve health for people. And the rationale is this: By implementing health information systems interventions, we improve systems […]

Yellow fever patient in Republic of Congo prompts outbreak declaration, response

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Republic of Congo health officials are calling risks to public health at a national level high, and at a regional level moderate, after confirmation that a man was infected with yellow fever in a city densely populated with about a million people, as well as with mosquitos capable of spreading the virus, according to a […]

Social services support improved adherence to tuberculosis treatment

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The following is a guest post by Siân L. Curtis of MEASURE Evaluation People treated for tuberculosis in Ukraine are more likely to stay on their medication if they receive some social services, according to a study conducted by MEASURE Evaluation, funded by USAID. Ukraine is among 20 countries that have the world’s highest burden of drug-resistant […]

Reports add to findings of Ebola, Zika impacts

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Two years after recognition of the dangers posed by Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and two years after the waning days of the most devastating Ebola outbreak yet seen, new findings about the impacts of the diseases continue to emerge. Four newborns with paralyzed chest muscles and twisted joints as well as microcephaly, and lab […]

Report finds responsive research, innovative technology, training critical to controlling DRC Ebola outbreak

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Potential for spread, effective intervention highlighted importance of building local capacities The Democratic Republic of Congo had experienced eight previous Ebola virus outbreaks when the most recent emergence of the disease was confirmed there in early May, and hard-earned lessons from the past supplied much of the knowledge that drove the swift response that followed. […]

Digital health information systems are maturing to reflect realities on the ground

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The following is a guest post by Christina Villella, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation I am sure many of you have been in the same boat, spending months developing a tool to help improve health information systems in low- and middle-income countries. You know the field is saturated with new ideas, so you want to make […]