Report shows results from new South Korean AMR surveillance system
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.
Welcome to the First War Zone Ebola Crisis
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 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.
Lessons for Australia in US biodefence strategy
17 Oct 2018 - John Coyne
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.
India: Noolpuzha health centre arranges free e-auto rides for patients
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.
Quality education, health services drive family size in India
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.
Estimating the cost of vaccine development against epidemic infectious diseases: a cost minimisation study
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 bolsters sci-tech ties in health care with foreign partners
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.
Podcast: Executive Director of The Global Fund Discusses Next Steps
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 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.