Women face brunt of Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tom Howell Jr.
Global responders say the unfolding Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is having an outsized impact on women and children, due in part to their societal roles and the transmission of the disease among families. The World Health Organization says females account for 62 percent of the cases in which gender was reported, or 280 out of 450.
Drone trials for vaccines in Vanuatu
6 DEC - The Vanuatu government is working with commercial companies as well as the UN children's agency, UNICEF, to develop the programme. The trials began on Wednesday at Takara village, North Efate, with 100 community members, health workers and children watching the drones take to the sky for the first time.
New DMTC project brings Australian medical and industrial expertise together
5 DEC - The Defence Material Technology Centre (DMTC) has commenced a new project that will advance the development of a new Australian antibiotic by partnering its developer, Boulos & Cooper Pharmaceuticals, with manufacturing experts from CSIRO.
110 dengue cases reported last week
4 DEC Choo Yun Ting
There were 110 dengue cases reported in the week ending Dec 1, 13 more cases than in the previous week. It is the first time that there have been more than 100 reported dengue cases in a week this year, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).
Mosquito net use critical
3 DEC Mom Kunthear, Cambodia
The Health Minister is calling for people living in areas prone to malaria to take measures in order to protect themselves from mosquitoes. The call is part of the ministry’s bid to eliminate malaria from the Kingdom by 2025. Minister Mam Bun Heng last week said migrants and people living in forests must be tested for malaria and receive mosquito nets for protection.
Gold card proposed for nomadic tribe to get healthcare where needed
3 DEC - To help boost access to healthcare for vulnerable people, National Health Security Office (NHSO) chief Sakchai Kanchanawattana has proposed that tribes be given a “gold card”, which allows them to get healthcare service at any state facility.
3 DEC - Medicines for Malaria Venture
Hard to Reach: Providing Healthcare in Armed Conflict
Armed conflict is a global health issue. Long-lasting and protracted conflicts in particular have consequences not only for the war-wounded but also for the health of entire communities. Over the years, global health actors and humanitarian health actors have developed health policies, guidelines, frameworks, and structures to improve delivery of health services in emergencies or humanitarian crises.
World Bank Group support to health services: achievements and challenges
This evaluation aims to assess the roles and contributions of the World Bank Group in supporting health services in client countries. The evaluation also seeks to provide lessons and recommendations for achieving greater development effectiveness in future support to health services. It is the first comprehensive health sector evaluation carried out by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) since 2009.
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.