Global Preparedness Monitoring Board convenes for the first time in Geneva
10 SEP - The GPMB has been established to monitor progress, identify gaps and advocate for sustained, effective work to ensure global preparedness. At its first meeting at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, the GPMB today discussed key issues in global preparedness and agreed its terms of reference and governance structure. The board aims to publish its first report on the global state of preparedness in September 2019.
Press Release : Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Universal Health Coverage: Country Experiences, Challenges and Solutions
10 SEP (Thailand) - This regional meeting is part of the overall effort by Thailand to raise awareness and promote UHC collaboration among multi-stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in December 2017 in which Thailand successfully passed a resolution marking 12 December as International UHC Day. JICA, UNAIDS, and WHO commended Thailand for the successful implementation of the UHC system and its cooperation with JICA in sharing its experiences with other countries.
How a Tiny Satellite Fleet Will Track Millions of Animals
10 SEP - French spacetech startup Kinéis says it will vastly expand the reach of satellites that track livestock and wildlife animals — from about 20,000 tracking devices at present to more than a million over the next ten years.
Opinion Nature as a Commodity: What's Good for Human Health Might Not Be Good for Ecosystem Health
10 SEP - The role that urban nature can play in enhancing psychological and physical well-being and reducing health-related costs could be seen by those advocating for the protection and restoration of urban biodiversity and ecosystem function as a positive outcome, suggesting a need to place greater value on biodiverse urban spaces. Another, less positive, scenario is that the connection between human health and nature might threaten the ecological integrity of urban green spaces by commodifying nature, especially if green spaces are designed and managed for human health benefits alone, with little concern for supporting biodiversity or ecosystem services.
Standing tall: The battle against tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases is taken to the UN General Assembly
7 SEP (Bhutan) - How a series of High-Level meetings at the world body can help consolidate gains, accelerate progress and promote game-changing innovations across the WHO South-East Asia Region
Comment: Addressing the fragmentation of global health: the Lancet Commission on synergies between universal health coverage, health security, and health promotion
7 SEP - Global health is fragmented. Many stakeholders pursue their own agenda while neglecting other important goals for global health. Some global health actors, for example, focus on strengthening health security without attention to universal health coverage (UHC), primary health care (PHC), and population-based health promotion.
Another Ebola case detected outside DRC's main hot spots
7 SEP - The case is in a village in Masereka health zone not far from the large city of Butembo.
Study provides data behind new MDR-TB guidance
7 SEP - Newer and repurposed drugs produced better results and fewer deaths than older treatments did.
WHO Updates Dengue Vaccine position - WER
7 SEP - In November 2017, results of a retrospective analysis of data from clinical trials, using a new serological assay, became available. The assay enabled classification of trial participants according to their dengue serostatus prior to receipt of the first vaccine dose. These data revealed an excess risk of severe dengue in seronegative vaccine recipients compared to seronegative non-vaccinated individuals, while confirming long-term protection in seropositive individuals.3 In view of these findings, SAGE provided revised recommendations in April 2018, on which this position paper is based.
Taiwan’s Annual Seasonal Influenza Mass Vaccination Program—Lessons for Pandemic Planning
7 SEP - Rapid medical countermeasure (MCM) dispensing is an important intervention during a public health emergency. In the United States, MCM planning and exercising efforts have largely focused on dispensing therapeutics, with less emphasis on mass vaccination operations that would require additional specialized staff and infrastructure. Difficulties in distributing vaccines during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic highlighted the need for enhanced planning and exercising of plans for conducting mass vaccination campaigns.
In Taiwan, seasonal influenza mass vaccination campaigns are conducted annually, which both mitigate the effects of seasonal influenza and serve as functional exercises for mass vaccination operations during a pandemic. To identify lessons that can be applied to mass vaccination planning in the United States and elsewhere, we conducted an in-person observation and data review of Taiwan’s annual seasonal influenza mass vaccination efforts in October 2017.
We offer findings and recommendations for enhancing preparedness for seasonal and pandemic influenza and other public health emergencies that would require mass vaccination.