Health Security Digest

  • Health Affairs

    Tuberculosis Is A Threat To Global Health Security

    4 September 2018

    4 SEP - Heads of state gather this month for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on tuberculosis, the first time in the disease’s 3,000-year history that such a high-level meeting has been held. So why hold one now?

  • Longitude Prize


    4 September 2018

    4 SEP - We interviewed Dr Cassandra Kelly-Cirino, Head of AMR and Outbreaks at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND(link is external)) – an international non-profit organisation that accelerates the development, evaluation and delivery of high-quality, affordable diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases – about the challenges faced in this domain.

  • Infectious Diseases of Poverty

    Impact, economic evaluation, and sustainability of integrated vector management in urban settings to prevent vector-borne diseases: a scoping review

    3 September 2018

    3 SEP - The control of vector-borne diseases (VBD) is one of the greatest challenges on the global health agenda. Rapid and uncontrolled urbanization has heightened the interest in addressing these challenges through an integrated vector management (IVM) approach. The aim was to identify components related to impacts, economic evaluation, and sustainability that might contribute to this integrated approach to VBD prevention.


  • The guardian

    'It’s not if, it’s when': the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

    3 September 2018

    3 SEP - Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the world’s pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost

  • Vaccine (Journal)

    The effectiveness of influenza vaccination against medically-attended illnesses in Hong Kong across three years with different degrees of vaccine match, 2014–17

    3 September 2018

    3 SEP - Objective: To evaluate influenza VE against medically-attended illness in different age groups and against specific influenza types/subtypes in Hong Kong.

  • Infectious Diseases of Poverty

    Interventions for vector-borne diseases focused on housing and hygiene in urban areas: a scoping review

    3 September 2018

    3 SEP - Over half the world’s human populations are currently at risk from vector-borne diseases (VBDs), and the heaviest burden is borne by the world’s poorest people, communities, and countries. The aim of this study was to conduct a review on VBD interventions relevant to housing and hygiene (including sanitation and waste management) in urban areas.

  • BMC

    Supporting and strengthening research on urban health interventions for the prevention and control of vector-borne and other infectious diseases of poverty: scoping reviews and research gap analysis

    3 September 2018 - Infectious Diseases of Poverty - BMC

    This paper describes the collaboration and partnership of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the “VEctor boRne DiseAses Scoping reviews” (VERDAS) Research Consortium as they joined efforts in response to filling this gap in knowledge and evidence by supporting the development of a series of scoping reviews that highlight priority research gaps and policy implications to address vector-borne and other infectious diseases at the urban level.

  • Hans India logo

    WHO SEARO countries to meet in Delhi next week

    1 September 2018

    1 SEP - The member-countries of the WHO's Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO), including India, will meet in the first week of September to brainstorm on measures against vector-borne diseases and improving access to essential medicines. 

    The meeting will be held in Delhi from September 3 to 7 to discuss priority health issues in the region, which is home to one-fourth of the world's population. 

  • Securing the U.S. from its most dangerous invader: infectious disease

    31 August 2018

    31 AUG - The U.S. has a major role to play on the global health security stage. But instead of leading, there are indications that we’re retreating from our responsibility to make the world safer from infectious disease — and at the same time endangering the lives of Americans at home.


    Study reveals early impact of 3-strain oral polio vaccine withdrawal

    31 August 2018

    31 AUG - A new analysis of global polio surveillance data covering the first 2 years after withdrawal of oral polio vaccine serotype 2 (OPV2) was withdrawn in 2016 found that Sabin 2 poliovirus (one of the three vaccine strains) in stool and sewage samples declined at 2 months after withdrawal. After a year, however, virus detections continued because of monovalent OPV2 use to stem vaccine-derived poliovirus serotype 2 (VDPV2) outbreaks.


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