Health Security Digest

  • Radio NZ

    Parents in Papua refuse vaccine drive

    18 SEP - Parents in Papua are reportedly refusing to let their children be immunised, as the government rolls out a vaccine programme in schools.

  • The Guardian

    Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle tuberculosis

    16 SEP - With 10 million new cases each year, outcome of UN summit in New York could prove crucial

  • Reuters

    Indonesia's quake-hit Lombok declares health emergency over malaria

    15 SEP - Indonesia’s tourist island of Lombok is battling malaria, authorities said on Saturday, declaring a health emergency after a series of earthquakes in July and August forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.

  • The Guardian

    'A lurking beast': polio casts shadow over Papua New Guinea independence day

    15 SEP - At a waiting room in Port Moresby’s Gerehu general hospital red, gold and black balloons – the colours of the country’s flag – deck the walls in the build-up to independence day.

    Around the back in the stifling heat, nurses are administering vaccine drops from cool boxes. About 30 adults and children are queuing under a canvas tent, awaiting their dose to protect against polio, a disease Donald Lippert, a Catholic bishop from the Southern Highlands, characterised as “a beast lurking in the darkness, ready to spring forth”.

  • Associated Press

    Dozens of high fever deaths cause panic in northern India

    14 SEP -  Indian health authorities are rushing medical supplies to north Indian towns and villages where at least 50 people have died from fever over the past two weeks, topping the number of fever-related deaths over a three-month period last year.

  • Telegraph logo

    World must prepare for return of Zika, scientists warn

    13 SEP - Hot weather and drought could spark the return of the Zika virus, scientists have warned. 

  • European Parliament

    European Parliament representatives adopt One Health AMR action plan

    13 SEP - The growing threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria can only be tackled through a “One Health” approach, MEPs said on Wednesday.

    In the non-binding resolution, adopted with 589 votes to 12 and 36 abstentions, MEPs stress that the correct and prudent use of antimicrobials is essential to limit antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from emerging in human healthcare, animal husbandry and aquaculture.

  • Radio NZ

    PNG get Australian support to fight polio outbreak

    13 SEP - Australia will provide $US7million to help Papua New Guinea fight infectious diseases including polio. Canberra said the funds would assist in a major vaccination campagn against polio, measles and whooping cough.

  • Reuters

    India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

    13 SEP - The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.


    Ebola infects 5 more in DRC, lifting total to 137

    13 SEP - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in updates yesterday and today, reported five more confirmed Ebola cases, including two from the urban hub of Butembo, one of which involves a health worker from a clinic where the city's first case had been treated.


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