Monthly Archives: June 2019

Ripple effect mapping helps optimize value of interventions

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The following is guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill When you drop a rock into a pool of water, how far do the ripples go? Do they roll out deliberately and gently, creeping to the edges of the water or do they form sharp ridges that quickly […]

What we’re reading: With another WHO PHEIC-out on DRC Ebola outbreak, critics ask if not now, when?

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The emergency committee convened in the aftermath of findings that a family with several members sick with Ebola had traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda, where two died, found for the third time that the 11-month outbreak still does not meet its criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, even […]

Zanzibar study shows routine health information systems data can help malaria prevention efforts

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The following is a guest post by Ruth Ashton of MEASURE Evaluation CHAPEL HILL, NC―A new study released today in the Lancet’s eClinicalMedicine shows that routine health management information systems are an important tool for determining the impact of malaria investments in Zanzibar. Demonstrating the effectiveness of interventions is critical for malaria elimination efforts, but […]

Global Health Security 2019: Panel highlights communities’ value in global health security

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SYDNEY – Greater meaningful engagement with communities confronting disease threats should be prioritized in efforts to strengthen global health security moving forward, leaders said here on Thursday. Communities and their cultural practices and traditions should no longer be viewed as obstacles getting in the way of implementing activities related to preventing, detecting and responding to […]

Global Health Security 2019: Pharmacists play key role in reducing antimicrobial resistance in countries with limited health resources

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SYDNEY – Cold, flu, sore throat, even headaches and body aches were all conditions that pharmacology students in Sri Lanka, questioned in a recent study, said could be treated with antibiotics. These answers were among a series highlighting wide gaps in critical knowledge necessary to protect infection-fighting drugs, discovered among future pharmacists in the South […]

Global Health Security 2019: Preparation for outbreaks and for climate change impacts overlap in Pacific Islands

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SYDNEY – How do you ensure health security for a population scattered over 15 islands dispersed over 690,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean? Partnership, collaboration and coordination, Dr. Josephine Herman, Secretary of Health of the Cook Islands said here on Wednesday. Herman is tasked with keeping the small island nation safe from pandemic influenza, outbreaks […]

Global Health Security 2019: Unmet needs increase worldwide threat of drug-resistant TB

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SYDNEY – When Merinda Sebayang was undergoing treatment for multidrug-resistant TB in Indonesia – a nation with the third highest tuberculosis burden in the world after India and China – she would wonder about the tens of thousands of people living in poverty who couldn’t afford enough food for TB treatment to work, she said […]

Global Health Security 2019: Committee’s failure to declare Ebola emergency undermines WHO’s legitimacy, experts say

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SYDNEY – The decision by a World Health Organization-convened emergency committee Friday not to recognize the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo  a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — a PHEIC —  may contribute to an erosion of the multilateral agency’s legitimacy and authority over the long term, experts said […]

Spread of Ebola not a surprise, not a PHEIC, committee finds in third meeting

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Following a third emergency meeting since the outbreak of Ebola in a conflict-riven region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the first since the outbreak was found to have spread to neighboring Uganda, a committee appointed by the World Health Organization has once again concluded that the still uncontrolled crisis does not constitute a […]

Will Ebola cross-border spread spur recognition of an international public health emergency?

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An Ebola-infected child’s death in Uganda, and the confirmation of the virus in at least two of his family members who had together traveled from the Democratic Republic of Congo after attending the funeral of a relative who died in the outbreak there, brings reality to fears expressed since the beginning of the current outbreak […]