THE DEADLY COMBINATION OF MEDICINE AND MATHEMATICS
3 OCT - Professor Emma McBryde’s research on infectious diseases has had a significant impact across the globe, thanks to a combination of medicine and mathematics.
Flu shows signs of decline in some Southern Hemisphere regions
2 OCT - As the Southern Hemisphere's flu season winds down, disease levels in temperate South American and southern Africa countries decreased or have peaked in recent weeks, according to the latest global flu update from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Boy dies of polio in first fatal case in Papua New Guinea outbreak
2 OCT - Child has died in central Enga province, the WHO says, as the country battles the return of the disease
Study paves way for HIV drugs to be taken monthly rather than daily
1 OCT - Acombination of two powerful antibodies could suppress HIVfor several months at a time, freeing patients from a daily drug regimen, a small clinical trial has found.
Japan faces rise in the number of TB cases among foreign workers
1 OCT - Japan is struggling to deal with a sharp increase in the number of cases of tuberculosis among the growing number of foreign nationals living and working in the country.
How smartphones plugged vaccine gaps in rural Pakistan
1 OCT - A project giving health workers cheap smartphones to track their progress through rural Pakistan has seen vaccination rates soar.
Strong Regulation of Medical Products: Cornerstone of Public Health and Regional Health Security
SEP - In Asia and the Pacific as a whole, and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in particular, NRAs are not yet well equipped to support the elimination of malaria, a goal that governments across the region are committed to achieving by 2030. Unregulated medicines in the supply chain, including fake and substandard medicines, are fueling resistance to artemisinin combination therapies, the key and most effective treatment for malaria. This is undermining the region’s drive to achieve elimination of malaria as a public health threat by 2030.
COMMENT: Resurgence of infectious diseases due to forced migration: is planetary health and One Health action synergistic?
1 OCT - Forced migration is an ancient phenomenon and will continue as long as politics exists. Although it mainly evolves from persecution, development, or exploitation, its public health consequences and effects go far beyond assumption. The ongoing epidemic of a rare and controlled disease like diphtheria in Rohingya camps, in Bangladesh, is a unique example of a public health disaster due to forced migration. Planetary health and One Health have approached the issue by working together as an interdisciplinary collaboration; which might be the best strategy in such conditions.
Infectious diseases know no boundaries and therefore diseases like diphtheria are a global biosecurity issue. Out of 8031 clinically suspected diphtheria cases from Nov 3, 2017, to July 24, 2018, 169 cases occurred in the host community.
Therefore, the epidemic is not only a health concern for migrant populations, but also a regional public health crisis, with 44 reported deaths from a vaccine-preventable disease in a short span of time. Forced human migration, along with movement of livestock, is a well-recognised condition for emergence of infectious diseases.
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Column: Thailand’s universal healthcare can be a model for developing countries
29 SEP - As developing countries seek to pivot towards providing universal healthcare to their citizens, the three broad lessons from Thailand, of being prepared, exercising tight control, and being pragmatic and politically astute, could prove to be very valuable ones to keep in mind