Category Archives: What we’re reading

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 […]

We’re reading about monitoring infectious diseases around the world, and how irresponsible public health practices can mean having to say you’re sorry

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Four steps to precision public health – What if when the first Zika cases in Miami broke out, the entire nation had been declared in a state of emergency? That probably wouldn’t have made for a very efficient response. But in resource-limited countries where speed and focus in responding to infectious disease outbreaks are all […]

World AIDS Day: We’re reading about history, progress, gaps, and the costs of inequities

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The AIDS.gov Timeline of HIV/AIDS, first posted in 2011 and updated since, is  a good place to go for a look at the winding path of recognition and response to HIV. From the announcement of the “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals” to the formation of the first community based response of the Gay Men’s […]

Global health science, funding, policy and the 2016 election . . . We’re reading some of the reasons the world is watching

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The Lancet: U.S. Election 2016 – While much of this Lancet issue focuses on domestic issues, from the Affordable Care Act to the impacts of economic opportunity on well being, it provides a comprehensive overall look at candidates’ approaches to health and health care access, and includes an article by Washington correspondent Susan Jaffe on […]

HIV treatment in Malawi, TB drugs for children, antimicrobial accountability and more . . . we’re reading about success through collective and focused responses

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Scaling up antiretroviral therapy in Malawi – In 2004, just 3,000 of nearly a million people living with HIV in Malawi had access to antiretroviral treatment at nine hospitals nationwide. A dozen years later, while Malawi still has one of the poorest economies in the world, it is home to a national treatment program that has […]