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May 2018 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The May 2018 WHO Bulletin includes articles on various issues, including an editorial on potential yellow fever epidemics in unexposed populations, an article on the challenges Zambia faces in its efforts to eliminate malaria, and a “Lessons from the Field” piece on lessons…

Community Health Volunteers Help Diagnose, Treat Malaria In Rural Kenya

Thomson Reuters Foundation: As warming brings more malaria, Kenya moves treatment closer to home “…Malaria cases are on the increase in Kenya, and experts attribute the upsurge to changes in the climate. … To tackle the problem, for the past two years county governments in malaria-prone areas have worked with…

Faith Leaders, Americans Should Urge Congress To Fully Fund U.S. Global Health Programs

Lexington Herald Leader: Call on Congress to adequately fund global health programs Josh Rouse, global outreach pastor at Northeast Christian Church and member of Hope Through Healing Hands’ Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers & Children Worldwide “…Our elected officials need to hear from the American people — and especially Americans…

Diarrhea, Malaria, Dengue Outbreaks Recorded In Flood-Hit Areas Of Bangladesh, Nepal

Reuters: Thousands hit by malaria, dengue as South Asia’s worst floods in a decade recede “Thousands of people are suffering from an outbreak of diarrhea, malaria, and dengue in Bangladesh and Nepal as the waters from the worst floods in a decade recede, officials and aid agencies said on Wednesday…”…

WHO Releases Several Fact Sheets On SDG Health Targets In WHO European Region

WHO: Fact sheets on Sustainable Development Goals: health targets WHO released 12 fact sheets on health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including antimicrobial resistance, child and adolescent health, climate change, essential medicine, immunization systems, malaria, measles and rubella, mental health, polio, sexual and reproductive health, tuberculosis, and viral…

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Uganda; Medical Equipment In Tanzania; Birth Control In Afghanistan; Ethiopia Malaria Fight

Changes Planned For Ugandan HIV/AIDS Campaign “The Uganda AIDS Commission (UAC) is revamping its national HIV information campaign after HIV prevention messages were less successful than hoped,” PlusNews reports. “Campaigns aimed at ending cross-generational sex will be abandoned in favour of generic warnings about engaging in risky sex because of…

Malaria Experts Discuss Eradication At MIM Conference

In a session at the 5th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Pan-African Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, experts discussed the tools required to eradicate the disease and highlighted insecticide and drug resistance in some parts of the world, Xinhua reports.

Magazine Examines Efforts To Biologically Alter Bugs To Fight Human Diseases

Pacific Standard magazine examines efforts by researchers around the globe to biologically modify bugs to fight human diseases, such as dengue fever. “Biologically altering bugs isn’t entirely new; it’s been done for nearly half a century to protect crops. … It’s only recently, however, that scientists have begun experimenting with using this technology to combat human diseases,” the magazine writes, adding, “If they succeed, they could create an entirely new way of stopping not only dengue but other insect-borne scourges, such as yellow fever, West Nile virus, and malaria. And stopping these diseases has never been more urgent.”

Cooperation 'Essential' To Fight Diseases That Easily Cross Borders

“[C]ooperation is essential to combat diseases that cross national borders,” Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy and a research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University, and Bryan Grenfell and Petra Klepac of Princeton University write in a SciDev.Net opinion piece. “This is not restricted to regional control — long-term, coordinated efforts that give neighboring countries an incentive to immunize or put in place other intervention measures can also lead to global elimination of a disease,” they write, discussing optimal vaccination strategies and disease control challenges.

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