Tag Archives: World Health Organization

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

WHO releases updated drug-resistant TB guidelines, removing toxic injectables from recommended treatments

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With the release of a “pre-final text” of updated guidelines for treatment of multidrug- and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis, the World Health Organization made official substantial changes to its recommendations that the agency first announced in August. The changes, announced in a “rapid communication,” which the WHO said was intended to give TB programs time to plan for […]

Measles report shows how setting reachable goals can guide progress, but not fast enough

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The report on outcomes of measles elimination efforts released last week by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as its title suggests, progress. Between the first year of this century and 2017, according to the report, Progress towards regional measles elimination, access to the first dose of […]

47th Union World Conference on Lung Health: WHO preconference meeting sizes up the challenges, imagines a world without TB

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As a fab 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health comes to Liverpool, session titles and speakers nod to city’s favorite sons, while focus of WHO symposium is global and forward . . . LIVERPOOL, England – Around the last time a new and widely accessible treatment for tuberculosis was being readied for market, the Beatles were making […]

In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo

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Of the $9.6 million the United Nations Population Fund tried to raise to address the sexual spread of Zika virus in countries around the world, it has received just $250,000, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent update on global responses to the disease, released last week. UNFPA had estimated that $9.6 million would […]

World TB Day 2016: CDC’s Shannon Hader on leadership against an epidemic

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The following is a guest post from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Global HIV and TB, with answers to questions on the global tuberculosis pandemic and responses from Division Director Shannon Hader. TB is one of the world’s oldest diseases, yet it continues to kill millions of people each year. […]

Ebola: Known chains of transmission ended, leaving changed health landscape

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“There’s no question the disease did get away from us all, collectively, and in retrospect, there are a number of things that we would have done better and sooner . . .”  Dr Rick Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, WHO Calling this “a good day . . . an important day,” representatives […]

Once again, “Ebola-free,” Liberia begins three months of surveillance, while Guinea and Sierra Leone see dwindling crisis, continued challenges, and CDC looks ahead

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A medical student in Guinea doesn’t reveal that he was exposed to Ebola when he’s admitted to a Conakry hospital, where he then shares a room. By the time he is diagnosed with the virus, a visitor of the roommate has fallen ill and taken a dozen taxis to a series of doctors and hospitals, transmitting […]

One more reason global health news matters: Ebola reporting provides real time data

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By the time the World Health Organization learned of an Ebola outbreak sparked in December 2013, when a bat likely transmitted the virus to a child playing in a tree, nearly four months had passed and the disease had spread across three countries in West Africa. In the process of the response that followed, information that could […]

Ebola vaccine, projections, quarantines, impact — a year after a public health emergency was recognized, we’re reading about results

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This week sees the end of a year since the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa met for the first time, and declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of that week last August, the spread of the largest ever recorded outbreak […]