Monthly Archives: May 2019

World Health Assembly on 2019:  US steps aside on climate change health impacts

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GENEVA – The countries least responsible for climate change are paying the highest price in health impacts, a delegate from Barbados was the first to note here on Thursday. That point was repeated by representatives from more countries in deliberations toward the draft World Health Organization global strategy on health, environment and climate change that […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Failures persist in DRC Ebola outbreak responses, leaders say

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GENEVA – While international agencies identify violence and community mistrust as the main reasons the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains uncontrolled, here DRC Minister of Health Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga identified gaps in communication, data and planning as additional weaknesses preventing effective responses. “We need to emerge from silos,” he […]

World Health Assembly 2019: As antibiotic pipeline dimishes, time runs out for patients

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GENEVA – Jonathan was a 27-year-old healthy newlywed when he broke his leg in a skiing accident. Surgery on his leg was followed by bad pain, swelling, and redness. He had a bloodstream infection. Within four days, the infection spread to his brain. His laboratory test results indicated that the bacteria causing his infection were […]

World Health Assembly 2019: Health leaders confront impacts of global vaccine barriers

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GENEVA – Expert panelists from the World  Health Organization, United States, other nations and civil society agreed in a discussion here today that misinformation, easily spread through social media, continues to cause significant confusion among parents about the safety and benefits of vaccines. At least 480 websites are currently dedicated to actively spread misinformation about […]

World Health Assembly 2019: No universal health coverage without better access to medicines, health ministers say

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GENEVA – The vision of universal health coverage dominates the discussions at the 72nd World Health Organization gathering, to the point that initials are considered sufficient — UHC — to argue its importance. Still, the goal remains far out of reach without greatly improved access to medicines, diagnostic tools and vaccines, health ministers said here […]

Will a vaccine crisis of confidence impact the global response to HIV?

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The following is a guest post by Mitchell Warren of AVAC This year’s annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day arrives Saturday at a promising and also perilous time for vaccines. On one hand, multiple vaccine candidates that might protect against HIV are advancing in large clinical trials. Thanks to an extraordinary global commitment and US government […]

From the tiniest patient, to building strategies, community plays pivotal roles in Ebola outbreak

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A seven-week old infant, less than two weeks old  when admitted to a Katwa Ebola treatment center with her fatally ill mother, is the latest “miracle baby,” touted by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s health ministry as owing her survival to a team of recovered and now Ebola-immune patients who nurtured her back to health. […]

What we’re reading: How to stop an epidemic

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From dead last in HIV suppression among high-income countries, to eliminating transmission  is going to take work – Dr. W. David Hardy saw his first HIV patients more than 30 years ago in Los Angeles, where some of the earliest studies improving understanding of the virus and the epidemic took place. More recently he has […]

Thinking strategically about nutrition supports disease responses and more

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The following is a guest post by Heather B. Davis, MPH, and Emily A. Bobrow, PhD, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation Who has a strategic interest in nutrition? Is the world on course to meet global nutrition targets? What does it mean to have a robust national dialogue to support the development of practical nutrition solutions? […]

Study finds “no significant differences” in survival rates of Ebola patients getting intravenous fluids and those who didn’t

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Unmeasured factors leave questions, authors note A study retrospectively examining the role of intravenous fluids in preventing deaths of Ebola patients during the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis concludes the intervention, in itself, did not make a significant difference in chances of surviving during the 28 days following diagnosis. Differences in survival rates during the […]