Interventions for vector-borne diseases focused on housing and hygiene in urban areas: a scoping review
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.
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
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.
WHO SEARO countries to meet in Delhi next week
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 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 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global polio surveillance data covering the first 2 years after withdrawal of oral polio vaccine serotype 2 (OPV2) was withdrawn in 2016 found that Sabin 2 poliovirus (one of the three vaccine strains) in stool and sewage samples declined at 2 months after withdrawal.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.
MMV August Newsletter
31 AUG - Medicines for Malaria Venture's August e-news
China battles spread of African swine fever as fifth case found
31 AUG - A deadly pig disease found for the first time in China in early August has quickly spread across the country, with officials declaring the fifth case in a month.
Health officials battling to halt the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) have already culled more than 25,000 pigs to try to halt its movement through the world's largest pork producer.
Study of Zika-affected babies shows early epilepsy onset, treatment resistance
30 AUG VIA CIDRAP - Clinical follow-up of 141 babies born with congenital Zika virus problems who were evaluated at a referral center in Brazil revealed that 67% experienced epilepsy, a prevalence that was higher than the 9% to 50% reported in earlier studies. Researchers from Brazil described their findings today in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.
Drastic shift in vector-control strategy is required to eliminate Malaria around the Thailand-Myanmar border
31 AUG - Entomological determinants of malaria transmission in Kayin state, Eastern Myanmar: A 24-month longitudinal study in four villages [version 1; referees: awaiting peer review]