India bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies
13 SEP - The Indian government has banned 328 combination drugs in a blow to both domestic and foreign pharmaceutical firms, but the ban has been cheered by health activists worried about growing antibiotic resistance due to the misuse of medicines.
PNG get Australian support to fight polio outbreak
13 SEP - Australia will provide $US7million to help Papua New Guinea fight infectious diseases including polio. Canberra said the funds would assist in a major vaccination campagn against polio, measles and whooping cough.
World must prepare for return of Zika, scientists warn
13 SEP - Hot weather and drought could spark the return of the Zika virus, scientists have warned.
UK-India project combats infections threat with diagnostics
13 SEP - A £3 million interdisciplinary research project is to address the growing threat of drug-resistant infections in India.
Papua New Guinea to launch nationwide polio vaccination campaign
The initiative, which is organised by the PNG government and the World Health Organization (WHO), is aimed at stopping the spread of the disease after 10 cases were confirmed in the country.
JOB: Professor of Neglected Tropical Diseases
12 SEP - The Professor of NTD will join the Department of Parasitology and contribute towards a multi-disciplinary group of high profile NTD researchers, key NTD policy makers, practitioners and specialists. The post holder in particular will expand links and activities with the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust (MLW) Clinical Research Programme, oversee ongoing implementation and research activities and lead and collaborate with academics in LSTM and MLW to develop cutting edge capacity for NTD research.
China's small farmers pose huge challenge in swine fever battle
12 SEP - Even after 14 outbreaks of African swine fever across China in just over a month, pig farmer Wang Wu does not believe the threat to his livelihood is real. “I heard about the African swine fever thing. But then people said it was just rumor. It was fake news,” said Wang, who raises about 60 pigs in a village near Harbin, capital of China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province.
Global Fund Results Report
12 SEP - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released a report today demonstrating that 27 million lives have been saved by the Global Fund partnership. The report shows tremendous progress that has been achieved by efforts to end the epidemics, while highlighting new threats.
PNG: new friend versus old, APEC and polio
11 SEP - But as these two countries play out their aid-funded geostrategic dance, and PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill happily signs on the competing dance cards, his country becomes more beholden to unaffordable debt. This, while basic health and education services in PNG slide perilously backwards. What could be more telling of the breakdown in services than the re-emergence of polio just three months ago in the country that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared polio free in 2000.
Pharmaceutical pollution linked to rise in superbugs
11 SEP - Politicians have been criticised for their failure to stop manufacturers of antibiotics polluting the environment: a practice which has been linked to the global rise in superbugs.