Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Vaccination before travel, support for global measles control needed to protect U.S. gains against the disease, study finds

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A look at how measles comes into the United States highlights needs for both more vigilant vaccination efforts, and support for global efforts to eliminate the disease, according to a report in an upcoming Journal of Infectious Diseases. While measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, over the years since then 553 […]

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 […]

Study finds diverse, but generally young and single men posing greatest HIV transmission risks to adolescent girls and young women

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Reaching young men with prevention, treatment improves odds for female partners The following is a guest post by Jen Chapman of MEASURE Evaluation AIDS is the leading cause of death for adolescent girls in eastern and southern Africa. Adolescent girls and young women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to their male counterparts, accounting for 74 […]

WHO 2018 Malaria report finds increased cases amid stalled responses

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Declining rates of malaria infection and deaths since 2010 are leveling off, with the highest burden countries seeing increased case numbers, and dropping donor funding, according to the 2018 global report on Malaria from the World Health Organization. At the same time, increased parasite resistance to antimalarial medicines in Southeast Asia, and widespread mosquito resistance […]

As cases of polio-like illness triple from previous year, public health officials increase surveillance, follow-up

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Two years after launching surveillance of acute flaccid myelitis, and amid climbing cases, CDC continues to seek cause, and notes gaps in knowledge of long term outcomes With three times the number of cases of a paralyzing illness, mostly affecting children, from the start of 2018 to the beginning of November than during that period […]

Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs at more than $53 billion

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Estimate exceeds previous estimates by more than $20 billion Deaths from non-Ebola causes contributed to highest West Africa outbreak costs, authors say During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children […]

Site provides global view of outbreak preparedness

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In July 2018, the arrival in Lagos, Nigeria of a man sick with Ebola represented a pivotal moment in the crisis that already was ravaging families, communities, health systems and economies across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The outbreak of the virus, which had started the previous December, unnoticed by the larger world with the […]

What is data use anyway?

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The following is a guest post by Michelle Li of MEASURE Evaluation At MEASURE Evaluation, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, we work with countries to strengthen health information systems to make changes that improve health for people. And the rationale is this: By implementing health information systems interventions, we improve systems […]

Yellow fever patient in Republic of Congo prompts outbreak declaration, response

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Republic of Congo health officials are calling risks to public health at a national level high, and at a regional level moderate, after confirmation that a man was infected with yellow fever in a city densely populated with about a million people, as well as with mosquitos capable of spreading the virus, according to a […]

Social services support improved adherence to tuberculosis treatment

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The following is a guest post by Siân L. Curtis of MEASURE Evaluation People treated for tuberculosis in Ukraine are more likely to stay on their medication if they receive some social services, according to a study conducted by MEASURE Evaluation, funded by USAID. Ukraine is among 20 countries that have the world’s highest burden of drug-resistant […]