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WHO Panel To Reassess ZIka’s Designation As Global Public Health Emergency

STAT: Is Zika still a public health emergency? “On Nov. 20, 2015, the World Health Organization warned the spread of Zika virus in Brazil might be responsible for a surge in the birth of babies born with tiny heads and underdeveloped brains. On Friday, almost a year to the day…

Morocco Eliminates Trachoma As Public Health Problem, WHO Announces

World Health Organization: Morocco eliminates trachoma — the leading infectious cause of blindness On Tuesday, “the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Morocco. … To date, eight countries have reported achieving elimination targets and most countries endemic for trachoma are now…

Rwanda Seeks Ways To Compensate For Reductions In Foreign Health Aid

Nature: Rwanda feels the pinch as donors slash health aid “Rwanda has made major public health strides since the country’s genocide against the Tutsi people ended in June 1994, but declines in foreign aid now threaten that progress. Donors such as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and…

International Community Must Plan For Long-Term Global Health Security Issues

The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Infectious disease emergencies: taking the long-term view Editorial Board “…Understandably, the attention of the public, politicians, and the media is dominated by the newest and scariest outbreak. But focusing on the disease du jour has its drawbacks. There is a danger of exaggerating risks, monopolizing resources,…

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