Health Security Digest

  • Eurosurveillance

    Report shows results from new South Korean AMR surveillance system

    18 October 2018

    18 OCT -  Lee et al. via CIDRAP

    Scientists from South Korea today published the first year of results from the government's new antimicrobial resistance (AMR) surveillance system, Kor-GLASS, which is modeled after the World Health Organization's Global AMR Surveillance System. The findings, along with a description of how Kor-GLASS was established, appear in Eurosurveillance.

  • Foreign Policy

    Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis

    18 October 2018

    18 OCT - Laurie Garrett 

    The world thought it knew how to deal with Ebola outbreaks—but it’s never dealt with one like this before.

  • Statement on the October 2018 meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee on the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - It was the view of the Committee that a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) should not be declared at this time. But the Committee remains deeply concerned by the outbreak and emphasized that response activities need to be intensified and ongoing vigilance is critical. The Committee also noted the very complex security situation.

  • ASPI

    Lessons for Australia in US biodefence strategy

    17 October 2018

    17 Oct 2018 -

    Obama administration officials started working on the biodefence strategy in January 2017, drawing on the lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Through its work, the administration recognised that enhanced interagency coordination and the capacity to rapidly develop federal responses to crises was central to success.

  • Mathrubhumi

    India: Noolpuzha health centre arranges free e-auto rides for patients

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - Sulthan Bathery

    Noolpuzha Family Health Centre is grabbing attention of the public by organising free rides for patients to the health centre. An e-auto rickshaw will take the patients to health centre free of cost.

  • Hindustan Times

    Quality education, health services drive family size in India

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - Sanchita Sharma

    Real progress happens in states with high literacy and when people regard fertility a conscious choice that they can control. Reliable methods of contraception must also be widely available.

  • Lancet

    Estimating the cost of vaccine development against epidemic infectious diseases: a cost minimisation study

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - Gouglas, et al. 

    The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations was established in 2016, to develop vaccines that can contribute to preparedness for outbreaks of epidemic infectious diseases. Evidence on vaccine development costs for such diseases is scarce. Our goal was to estimate the minimum cost for achieving vaccine research and development preparedness targets in a portfolio of 11 epidemic infectious diseases, accounting for vaccine pipeline constraints and uncertainty in research and development preparedness outcomes.

  • vietnam plus

    Vietnam bolsters sci-tech ties in health care with foreign partners

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that Vietnam has eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.

    The painful and profoundly disfiguring visible manifestations of the disease – lymphoedema, elephantiasis and scrotal swelling – occur later in life and can lead to permanent disability.

  • CSIS global health

    Podcast: Executive Director of The Global Fund Discusses Next Steps

    17 October 2018

    17 OCT - In this episode of Take as Directed, we hear from Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, about his reflections on his first 7 months in that post, takeaways from the UNGA high-level meeting on tuberculosis, as well as his expectations for the lead-up to the 2019 Global Fund replenishment conference, set to take place in France. He also discusses the importance of creative financing needed to achieve The Global Fund’s goal of investing resources to end the pandemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.


    Report highlights declining sales of vet antibiotics in Europe

    16 October 2018

    16 OCT - A report yesterday from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) shows a significant drop in overall sales of veterinary antibiotics across Europe. "Reduction in sales is the result of combined efforts of the European Commission, EMA, EU Member States, veterinarians, farmers and other actors in the livestock sector," the agency said in a press release. Reducing the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals is a key pillar of the EU's One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which aims to slow the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens in humans, animals, and the environment.


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