Tag Archives: WHO

As Senate breaks without writing a “blank check” for Zika responses, CDC and WHO itemize some of the shopping list

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As of last week, 55 countries and territories, including Puerto Rico were reporting ongoing local transmission of Zika virus, a cause of severe neurological birth defects, a virus associated with increased rates of paralyzing illness, and now, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a cause of at least one death. The […]

WHO: Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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Acknowledging that a flare up of Ebola sickness and transmission in Guinea is ongoing, and that more clusters of Ebola cases can be expected in West Africa, the World Health Organization committee on the outbreak  today declared that the transmission of Ebola in the region that began in December 2013 is no longer a Public […]

From PEPFAR to Ebola response, to Zika, to next pandemic, panel looks at returns on U.S. investments in global health

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Lesson: “We’re only as safe as the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable places in the world” Two years after Médecins Sans Frontières advised the world to pay attention to the unprecedented spread of Ebola across West Africa, and a little more than a month after President Obama asked Congress to provide $1.8 million […]

Study finds diversity in costs, support, and implementation of recommended antiretroviral treatment monitoring

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It’s the best way to ensure antiretroviral treatment is working for those getting it, protecting their immune systems and preventing illness and transmission — and the alternative is more costly. Yet a World Health Organization published study of how frequently antiretroviral treatment programs in seven countries across the Americas check their patients’ viral loads and […]

TB Reach project results show need for new approaches to lift case detection rates

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For a decade and a half after the World Health Organization launched the expansion of directly observed treatment for tuberculosis, strides against the disease, highlighted by a nearly six-fold increase in cases documented, looked promising, an article released Thursday on PLOS ONE notes. But over the last half decade, with efforts largely reliant on “passive […]

Health workforce report feels like Groundhog Day for global health

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The following is a post by Frontline Health Worker Coalition chair and Save the Children Child Survival Campaign Chief Mary Beth Powers, that appeared Monday on the Frontline Health Workers Coalition blog as a reaction piece to the Global Health Workforce Alliance and World Health Organization report estimating a current shortage of 7.2 million health […]

Towards Zero Deaths: Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis builds on proven steps

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For years the most helpless victims of tuberculosis have also been the least noticed, although they are estimated to comprise up to 10 percent — or more, as they often go uncounted as well — of people sick with the disease worldwide. They are children, younger that 15 years old, whose lives are taken when […]

World Hepatitis Day brings progress, setbacks, protests, and a petition

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Sunday is World Hepatitis Day, and publications, protests and petitions are highlighting issues surrounding an epidemic traditionally shrouded in silence that affects more than 500 million people worldwide. The good news comes with Prevention and Management of Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among People Who Inject Drugs: Moving the Agenda Forward, a supplement to Clinical Infectious […]

WHO guidance on first new TB treatment in five decades offers hope, emphasizes monitoring

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WHO cites need to prevent new drug resistance, protect first treatment advance in more than 40 years The World Health Organization’s release this week of  interim policy guidelines on the use of bedaquiline  for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis  offers hope to patients and their physicians running out of options to treat the disease, but the […]

WHO 2012 Global Tuberculosis Report shows uneven progress

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New cases of TB have been falling for several years, while access to care has expanded,  and deaths from tuberculosis have dropped by forty percent since the mid-1990s.  That’s some of the progress highlighted in the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report released last week, and it means the target of halving the death rate […]