Health Security Digest

  • IVCC

    IVCC to lead $66 million Unitaid and Global Fund initiative to counter insecticide resistance with innovative insecticide-treated bed nets

    21 September 2018

    21 SEP - IVCC is to lead a consortium of partners on a ground-breaking project funded by Unitaid and the Global Fund to bring to market new versions of insecticide-treated bed nets to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes that have become resistant to older insecticides. It is hoped that the nets will provide a stronger line of defence against malaria for millions of people.


    Health preparedness plan for dengue detection during the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic games in Tokyo

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - Participants in mass gathering events are at risk of acquiring imported and locally endemic infectious diseases. The 2014 dengue outbreak in Tokyo gathered attention since it was the first time in 70 years for Japan to experience an autochthonous transmission. Preparation for emerging infectious threats is essential even in places where these outbreaks have been largely unknown. The aim of this study is to identify strategies for early detection and prevention of dengue infection during the 2020 summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.

  • thomsonreuters

    Plot, poison, or curse? Ebola rumours spread in Congo

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - Some think the disease is a plot to kill off opposition voters. Others believe it is a money-making scheme by foreign groups. These are among the rumours that have caused people to refuse Ebola vaccines and throw stones at health workers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an Ebola outbreak has killed almost 100 people since July, the Red Cross said.

  • devex

    5 stories to watch during the UN General Assembly in New York

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - Will underfunded diseases get an UNGA boost?

  • WNYC

    Germ City: How SARS Changed the Face of Air Travel

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - In 2003, an outbreak of another deadly virus, SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, spread throughout Asia. Over 8,000 peopleworldwide contracted the illness. It killed nearly 1 in 10 of those infected. In the United States, only 8 people were confirmed to have been infected by SARS.

    To prevent future outbreaks, the World Health Organization implemented international health regulations and increased disease surveillance to make it easier to identify sick passengers. 

  • New York Times

    Biosafety Reforms Still Lagging at Military Labs

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - Three years after discovering that a military laboratory had shipped live anthrax to facilities around the world, the Department of Defense still has not developed a plan to evaluate its biological security practices, the federal Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday.

  • New York Times

    ‘Latent’ Tuberculosis? It’s Not That Common, Experts Find

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - Active infections kill 4,000 people a day worldwide, more than AIDS does. But the notion that a quarter of the global population harbors silent tuberculosis is “a fundamental misunderstanding.”

  • Telegraph logo

    The devastating effect of world's biggest ever flu outbreak

    20 September 2018

    20 SEP - New research into the the world’s worst ever flu pandemic reveals the toll the illness wrought on ordinary people still suffering the devastating effects of the First World War.

  • WHO Global Tuberculosis Report

    19 September 2018

    19 SEP - WHO has published a global TB report every year since 1997. This 2018 edition is published in the lead up to the UN high-level meeting on TB.

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases (Journal)

    World Health Organization Early Warning, Alert, and Response System

    19 September 2018

    Ahead of Print November 2018 - The Early Warning, Alert, and Response System (EWARS) is a web-based system and mobile application for outbreak detection and response in emergency settings. EWARS provided timely information on epidemic-potential diseases among >700,000 Rohingya refugees across settlements. EWARS helped in targeting new measles vaccination campaigns and detecting outbreaks of acute jaundice syndrome.


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