Category Archives: What we’re reading

On World Malaria Day we’re reading about a disease that highlights health system and service gaps, and why that matters more than ever

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The road ahead to malaria eradication – As CDC Malaria Branch Chief Patrick Kachur notes here, today’s theme of “End Malaria for Good” is catchy, but, if one is to take it seriously, requires a look at the threats to controlling, let alone eliminating the disease in areas where resources have remained limited. The continued […]

We’re reading about pandemic preparedness (or lack thereof) and why global health is local health

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Cutting collaborations will not put “America first” – This commentary in Nature by a Syrian pulmonologist whose 2001 Fogarty funded research advanced understanding of a health-impacting trend in his country and in the United States, highlights the cross border benefits of the Center’s international scientific collaborations more directly and succinctly than anything I’ve read so far. […]

Cut funding to health research, services, aid? We’re reading responses . . .

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Scientific Drought, Golden Eggs, and Global Leadership – Why Trump’s NIH Funding Cuts Would Be a Disaster – This New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece unpacks the most significant cut ever proposed by a U.S. president to the National Institutes of Health, and the impacts it would have on American leadership in science, the […]

We’re reading about tuberculosis, and why one day a year is not enough

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Friday was the official World TB Day, a single calendar page set aside to send the message that TB continues to spread — with 10.4 million cases last year, a million among children — that TB continues to take a needless toll — of 1.8 million in 2016 alone, that drug-resistant TB poses a growing worldwide threat, and […]

From bird flu to yellow fever, we’re reading about zoonotic disease outbreaks

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Human cases of bird flu are surging, officials concerned of high pandemic potential – Genetic changes in the H7N9 virus are alarming public health officials globally and are causing officials to reexamine their pandemic preparedness. Over 460 people in China have been infected with the H7N9 bird flu virus this winter, representing one third of […]

We’re reading about science and advocacy, in prioritizing TB, HIV, “security,” more

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Open letter to the WHO to put #TBontheList – “WHO: When you make a mistake, fix it,” former CDC head Dr. Tom Frieden tweeted last week, after TB research and response advocates reacted to the World Health Organization’s omission of tuberculosis from its a list of “priority pathogens” demanding urgent research and development efforts. Now […]

What we’re reading: Controlling Ebola, confronting drug-resistant TB

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Impact of Increasing the Number of Ebola Surveillance Officers – When the West Africa Ebola outbreak came to Sierra Leone’s Kambia district  in September 2014, three public health workers handled disease surveillance for the entire population of about 344,000 people and their task of investigating all suspected cases, isolating all confirmed cases, and tracing their […]

Yellow fever, Zika, Ebola — We’re reading about outbreaks old and new, and the global response

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Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil – Brazil’s Ministry of Health reports dozens of deaths resulting from a yellow fever outbreak in Minas Gerais, a large, inland state with low yellow fever vaccine coverage. Because Minas Gerais is adjacent to the states of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and other highly populated states with low vaccine […]

We’re reading about a year of Zika responses, new outbreaks on the horizon, and why the only certainty is the need to meet the next challenges faster and better

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Zika Virus – 10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities – From last January, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control issued its first warnings to pregnant women on travel to Zika-endemic areas, to July when the agency for the first time warned against travel to a destination within the continental […]

With new leaders, the global health landscape faces shifts . . . we’re reading about changes

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Antonio Guterres, Known for Nerve and Deal Making, Will Need Both at U.N. – Former Portugal Prime Minister António Guterres was sworn in this week as the ninth Secretary General of the United Nations, bringing a record relevant to global health. Portugal’s decriminalization of drug use in response to the country’s heroin addiction epidemic on […]