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Better Data ‘At The Heart’ Of Improved Public Health Responses In Vietnam

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: How Better Data Means Better Decisions in Emergencies Quang Tran, technical officer at PATH Vietnam, discusses efforts in Vietnam to improve health systems through the use of data visualizations and centralized health reporting systems, writing, “Data is at the heart of a good response. In Vietnam,…

Zika Strain In Singapore Likely Not Imported From South America; 275 Cases Recorded

Bloomberg News: Zika Virus in Singapore Likely Evolved From Southeast Asia “…The virus in Singapore likely evolved from a strain already circulating in Southeast Asia, and was not imported from South America, where the outbreak has been linked to a condition called microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally…

WHO Certifies Sri Lanka As Malaria-Free In ‘Truly Remarkable’ Achievement

Associated Press: WHO certifies Sri Lanka a malaria-free nation “The World Health Organization on Monday certified Sri Lanka as a malaria-free nation, in what it called a ‘truly remarkable’ achievement. WHO Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in a statement that Sri Lanka was among the most malaria-affected countries in…

New York Times Profiles Mumbai Physician Calling For Better TB Treatment

New York Times: Battling Drug-Resistant TB, and the Indian Government “…Where many international and Indian public health experts are cowed into speaking in diplomatic jargon for fear of losing government support for their programs, or even their jobs, [Mumbai physician Dr. Zarir Udwadia] stands out as the most influential voice…

International Community, U.K. Should Invest In Global Fund To Help End TB

The Guardian: TB kills three people every minute — the world must wake up to this pandemic Jessica Potter, research fellow at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at the Blizzard Institute at Queen Mary University of London “…The global TB pandemic has been fueled by disregard: political…

Singaporeans Take Precautions Against Zika As Case Count Rises To 151

Associated Press: Singapore in battle mode against Zika after infections rise “Singapore is encouraging residents to use insect repellent, clear blockages in drains, and wear long-sleeved clothing to protect themselves from mosquitoes after the number of Zika infections rose to 151 in the city-state…” (Liang, 9/2). Reuters: Cover up, stay…

India’s Government To Launch First-Ever Leprosy Vaccine, Developed In-Country

The Guardian: India rolls out world’s first leprosy vaccine as fight goes on ‘war footing’ “…Today India accounts for more than 60 percent of the world’s new leprosy cases and health officials have quietly moved to a ‘war footing’ against it, one senior researcher says. This week the government announced…

Singapore’s Zika Case Count Up To 115; First Pregnant Woman Diagnosed

Reuters: Singapore raises Zika tally; first pregnant woman diagnosed “A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, as the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the city-state rose to 115…” (Aravindan, 8/31).

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