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News Outlets Report On Potential Public Health Impacts Of El Niño

Agence France-Presse: El Niño could spark large-scale dengue fever epidemic “The weather phenomenon known as El Niño could lead to an epidemic of dengue fever cases in southeast Asia, international researchers said Monday. … Researchers analyzed 18 years of monthly dengue surveillance reports across southeast Asia, according to the study…

Use Of Anti-Malaria Bed Nets Have Health, Economic Benefits

Global Health NOW: Healthier is Wealthier — Insecticide Treated Nets, Agricultural Yields, and Poverty Günther Fink, associate professor of international health economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health “…The results of [a] study, recently published in the Journal of Health Economics,…

WHO Releases Statement From 7th Meeting Of IHR Emergency Committee On Ebola

WHO: Statement on the 7th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa This WHO statement discusses temporary recommendations made by the International Health Regulation (IHR) Emergency Committee to countries with Ebola transmission and all nations regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (10/5).

Teachers Receive Training On Malaria Diagnosis, Treatment As Part Of Malawian Program

Financial Times: Malawian schools teach malaria a lesson “In the Zomba district of Malawi, dozens of teachers have received training over the past four years [through the Malaria Treatment Programme for Schoolchildren] in how to diagnose and treat malaria, as part of a pioneering response to a disease that has…

U.S., World Must Continue To Finance HIV/AIDS Programs To Control Epidemic

New York Times: The Tools to Fight HIV Editorial Board “Medical leaders have the knowledge and the tools to greatly curtail the global AIDS epidemic within the next 15 years. The question is whether the nations of the world will invest the resources to do it. … Financing for AIDS…

Ebola Workers Remain Resilient, Continue To Respond To Disease In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘Friends died from the very virus they fought against’ Isaac Bayoh, Ebola quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, now working with Médicos del Mundo “Many things have changed here in Sierra Leone since I last wrote at Easter, when three-day lockdowns were…

The Guardian Examines Reviews Of WHO’s Ebola Response, Agency’s Future

The Guardian: Ebola is all but over, but the postmortem is just getting started “…A year after the peak of the Ebola epidemic, which killed more than 11,300 people and threw the U.S. and Europe into a panic, it is the global health system that is under scrutiny. In particular,…

Researchers Identify Origins Of XDR-TB In South African Province, Examine How Disease Spreads

Health24: Breakthrough: scientists trace the origins of extreme drug-resistant TB “…[S]cientists from the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), the Broad Institute of MIT, and Harvard in the U.S. traced the roots of extensively drug-resistant TB, aka XDR-TB, in [KwaZulu-Natal] to the late 1950s. These new findings, which…

Blog Post Discusses Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Efforts To Improve Road Safety Globally

Health Affairs Blog: Putting The Brakes On Global Road Crash Deaths: One Foundation’s Efforts Kelly Henning, director of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ public health program, discusses efforts to reduce deaths from road traffic accidents worldwide, highlighting the successes of the ongoing Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (9/30).