Toolkit supports data gathering to aid children often overlooked

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The following is a guest post by Jacqueline Hellen and Lisa Parker of MEASURE Evaluation While programs in low- and middle-income countries seek to support children living outside traditional households or in adverse situations that expose them to HIV, violence, trafficking, or other risks to their well-being, programs HIV and social service programs in resource-limited […]

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

Modern military era provides paths for growing global health threats

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Haiti already faced a daunting path to recovery in the wake of the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of its capital city, with devastating damage to the nation’s health infrastructure, when UN peacekeeping forces came from Kathmandu came to provide support. Unknown to them, some had been infected with cholera in their previous posting, […]

What we’re reading: Violating law and human rights, immigrant detention conditions, policies are also at odds with U.S. public health priorities

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Denying flu shots to immigrants in custody a stark violation of law, ethics – In this Medpage Today opinion piece Dr. Cynthia Sears, the president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (which produces this blog) and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, condemns the decision by U.S. Customs and […]

With data on largest AFM outbreak yet, CDC urges readiness to recognize, report cases

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With a report showing that 2018 yielded the highest case numbers seen so far of a paralyzing condition largely among children who had been sick with a respiratory virus, U.S. health officials today urged physicians to be ready to quickly test for and report acute flaccid myelitis as the season in which is its likeliest […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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? […]