3 DEC - Medicines for Malaria Venture
ADB provides USD 35M in grant for two projects
30 NOV - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided a grant of USD 35M for health sector development and expanding technical and vocational education system in the country. The grant agreements were signed between the finance minister and ADB’s Country Director yesterday. The grant of USD 20M will be used for health sector development programme. The project spanning over five years is expected to foster equitable access to health facilities besides enhancing the efficiency of service delivery.
Đồng Nai to spend billions on preventing deadly pig disease Read more at http://vietnamnews.vn/society/481083/dong-nai-to-spend-billions-on-preventing-deadly-pig-disease.html#D1gzWmDTQPPFhxJP.99
29 NOV - The southern province of Đồng Nai, dubbed Việt Nam’s capital of pig farming, announced on Wednesday that it would spend VNĐ17.3 billion (US$768,800) to prevent the deadly African swine fever from spreading to the area.
Bicam approves Universal Health Care Bill
28 NOV - A bill that seeks to provide adequate healthcare services to all Filipinos is up for President Rodrigo Duterte's signature in order to become law.
NZ's World Health Organization formal Joint External Evaluation commences
27 NOV - New Zealand’s core capacity to prepare and respond to public health emergencies of international concern will be put under the microscope this week as the World Health Organization (WHO) evaluates our nation’s health security. Visiting experts from Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Italy and the WHO, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Organisation for Animal Health will conduct an evaluation to assess how well New Zealand has implemented the WHO International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR). They are accompanied by observers and peer reviewers from Jamaica, Fiji, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
MERS outbreaks in Saudi Arabia led to increased PPE use
27 NOV Via CIDRAP Subscription required - Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq et at.,
According to a study yesterday in the American Journal of Infection Control, the MERS-CoV epidemic that began in Saudi Arabia in 2012 resulted in more use of personal protective equipment (PPE) among Saudi healthcare workers. To conduct the study, the authors tracked the use of gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and soap during April and May of 2013 at a Saudi hospital, which had 17 positive and 82 negative cases of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) from Apr 1 through Jun 3 of that year.
Japanese scientist lists ways to contain dengue epidemic in Kolkata
26 NOV - Subhajoy Roy
Tokyo had a brush with dengue about four years ago but contained the disease by destroying all breeding spots in the area where the vector-borne disease had infected 300 people, a scientist with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan said.Yoshifumi Takeda, who was in Calcutta to attend a conference on Saturday, said the authorities kept a strict vigil and destroyed all possible breeding grounds every year though there weren’t any cases of dengue.
Nipah Virus Outbreak In Kerala: Only First Victim Infected By Bats, Other Patients Infected At Hospitals
26 NOV - Six months ago in May, Kerala was rocked by the Nipah virus outbreak, which claimed 17 lives. Kerala government’s concerted efforts at swift intervention could help contain a possible epidemic, which could have had devastating consequences. Fruit bats were identified as the culprits behind the outbreak by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Public health agencies to mobilize country’s HIV reduction goals
26 NOV - Public health organizations have signed a memorandum to meet the country’s HIV reduction goals. The National Health Security Office, the Department of Disease Control, the Thai Red Cross Society, and networks of HIV and AIDS patients have signed a memorandum drafted for the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1st.
Palawan records increase in malaria cases
25 NOV - Keith Anthony S. Fabro
Palawan has again seen a spike in malaria cases, with 4,162 cases recorded from January 1 to November 16 this year, higher than last year's 3,824 cases, government records show. The resurgence of malaria cases in Palawan came after a significant decline in cases from 2015 to 2017, according to data from the Department of Health (DOH) in Mimaropa.