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Devex Examines Challenges To WHO Reform, Upcoming Director General Elections

Devex: Election sees WHO’s future role in question “…Ultimately, who leads WHO will have a consequential impact not just on the organization but on all of global health. At the same time, the incoming director general will face significant constraints on her or his ability to reform the agency, which…

Former U.S. Ebola Response Coordinator Klain Expresses Concern Over President-Elect Trump’s Potential Reactions To Disease Outbreaks

BuzzFeed News: U.S. Ebola Czar Calls Trump “Badly Misguided” On Diseases “The incoming president will undoubtedly face another dangerous disease outbreak during his tenure, global health experts agreed, scarred by recent Zika, Ebola, and dengue virus epidemics. But some worry that President-elect Donald Trump’s past statements bode ill for the…

U.S. Federal Officials Release Guidance On Funding For Potentially Risky Virus Studies

ScienceInsider: White House announces review process for risky virus studies “Federal officials [on Monday] released a plan to help U.S. agencies decide whether to fund controversial studies that make viruses more dangerous. The guidance may finally bring an end to a moratorium that has kept a handful of experiments funded…

U.S. Investment In Global Health Essential To U.S. Diplomacy, Economy, National Security

The Hill: Global health is good business — Trump should get in the prosperity Chris Collins, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “…America’s investment in global health is one area that should stand outside the political fray. … [C]ontinued and increased investment in global…

As Zoonotic Diseases Become More Common, Watch For 5 Little-Known Diseases In 2017

The Conversation: Five little-known diseases to watch out for in 2017 Derek Gatherer, lecturer at Lancaster University “…[E]merging diseases have been appearing at an accelerating rate. Part of the explanation for this may simply be that we are much better at detecting them now. On the other hand, population pressure,…

U.N.-Supported Vaccination Campaign Helps End Yellow Fever Epidemic In Angola

Reuters: Angola declares end to world’s worst yellow fever epidemic in decades “Angola declared the end of the world’s worst yellow fever epidemic in a generation on [December 23] after a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign of 25 million people that resulted in no new cases in six months…” (Coroado/Brock, 12/23).

New Outbreaks Like Zika Divert Attention From Existing Mosquito-Borne Disease Challenges

The Guardian: Outbreaks like Zika distract us from other medical emergencies Gary Finnegan, editor in chief at Break Dengue “…[E]fforts to develop … dengue response strategies are being slowed down by the outbreak of a more headline grabbing mosquito-borne virus — Zika. … The Zika outbreak has, quite rightly, spent…

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