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WHO Speculates On Timelines For Experimental Zika Vaccine, Conclusions On Possible Links To Microcephaly, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Associated Press: WHO: possible Zika vaccines months away from broad trials “The World Health Organization says possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. WHO assistant director-general for health systems and innovation Marie-Paule Kieny says the U.N. health agency’s response is ‘proceeding very quickly’ and 15…

India Launches National Framework For Malaria Elimination

News outlets report on India’s launch of a National Framework for Malaria Elimination. Financial Express: JP Nadda launches National Framework for Malaria Elimination “JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), launched the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030 in New Delhi, which outlines India’s strategy for…

UNICEF, WHO Scale Up Response To Lassa Fever Outbreak In Benin

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin “Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of…

Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Zika Response

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: From French Polynesia, to Brazil, through the Americas and in Cape Verde, Zika highlights need for speed in health threat response Antigone Barton, senior writer and editor of “Science Speaks,” discusses CDC Director Tom Frieden’s remarks at a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee…

WHO, CDC, Other Scientists Continue Research Into Possible Causal Link Between Zika, Microcephaly

CIDRAP News: WHO addresses Zika fears as more microcephaly findings surface “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Wednesday] released a comprehensive backgrounder on Zika virus issues related to childbearing-age women, covering reports of sexual transmission and contraception resources, as researchers promised open data sharing and reported new Zika-related microcephaly findings…” (Schnirring,…

Overuse Of Antibiotics In Agriculture Threatens Human Health, Food Security, FAO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agriculture agency warns of threat to food security from overuse of antibiotics “…Speaking to European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antimicrobial resistance in Amsterdam, FAO Deputy Director-General Helena Semedo emphasized that antimicrobial agents foster increasing resistance among the very microbes that cause…

Much Of U.N. Humanitarian System Resistant To Reform Despite Calls For Change

The Guardian: ‘Outdated and resistant to change’: how can we fix the humanitarian system? “…This month’s report from the secretary general, published ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, recognizes that the overall humanitarian system is ‘seen as outdated and resistant to change, fragmented and uncommitted to working collaboratively,…

World Must Come Together, Commit To Achieving SDGs

Huffington Post: Sustainable Development: Investing in the Future Susan Blumenthal, public health editor at the Huffington Post, senior fellow in health policy at New America, clinical professor at Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine, and senior policy and medical adviser at amfAR; and Jacob McAuliffe, fellow at New America…

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Zika’s Global Spread, Responses To Virus

NPR: Zika In French Polynesia: It Struck Hard In 2013, Then Disappeared “…French Polynesia’s brush with Zika underscores fears that the mosquito-borne virus could cause devastating neurological problems but it also offers insights into the disease — and hope that Zika can be contained… (Beaubien, 2/9). Reuters: Zika, disease of…