Japan scientists win backing for work on potential Nipah vaccine
A global coalition set up to fight emerging epidemics has struck a $31 million deal with scientists at Japan’s University of Tokyo to speed up work on a vaccine against a brain-damaging disease caused by the Nipah virus. Nipah is on the World Health Organization’s research and development “priority pathogen” list alongside Ebola, Zika, MERS, Lassa and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.
New WHO Regional Director meets Pacific leaders, communities, highlights climate change, noncommunicable diseases, emergencies as priorities
The new World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific Dr Takeshi Kasai this week met with leaders, partners, and communities in the Pacific to discuss critical health challenges and solutions. “Every Pacific island is different and each has specific health challenges that require tailored approaches,” said Dr Kasai.
Sterile male mozzies released in NEA study to fight dengue, Zika
Thousands of sterile male mosquitoes were released in Nee Soon East early yesterday morning as part of a National Environment Agency (NEA) study that is looking at reducing the incidence of dengue and Zika in Singapore. It marked the launch of Project Wolbachia's third phase, which aims to find out whether the suppression of the Aedes aegypti mosquito population - the primary species responsible for transmitting the two diseases - can be sustained in larger areas, said NEA.
Dengue cases hit 1,000-mark in 2019
Khouth Sophak Chakrya
More than 1,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported so far this year, a number similar to that reported over the same period last year, said Leang Rithea, the dengue control programme manager at the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control. The Ministry of Health has provided 250 tonnes of Abate larvicide and 3,000 litres of insect spray to health agents to be distributed to local people who are vulnerable to dengue fever, including those in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Kampong Chhnang, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey provinces.
WHO strengthens collaboration for infection prevention and control in the Region
The Disease Control and Prevention Center (DCC) of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan has been a WHO Collaborating Centre for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Emerging Infectious Diseases since April 2017.
The centre’s collaboration with WHO focuses on two areas. One is to provide technical support to WHO in helping countries prepare for emerging infectious diseases with an emphasis on infection prevention and control and clinical management in the context of the International Health Regulations (2005). The other is to collaborate with WHO to strengthen country response capacity for emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
WHO to work with Fiji on improving health security, climate change and NCD's
The World Health Organisation will work with Fiji on improving health security, climate change, non‑communicable diseases and strengthening ageing health systems. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete in his response, highlighted that the concerns raised were relevant issues in Fiji and one that runs deeply in the hearts of all Fijian after the consecutive tropical cyclones and the latest NCD results for Fiji.
Q&A: How the next generation can change global health 'faces and spaces'
Today, more than 70 percent of the global health workforce are women, yet only 25 percent are in leadership positions and a further 50 percent of the female contribution to global health is unpaid. In the wake of the Women’s March, Time’s Up, and other efforts addressing equality in all sectors, could the global health landscape be seeing a shift in its workforce?
WHO changes H1N1 flu vaccine strain, punts on H3N2
The World Health Organization's (WHO's) flu vaccine advisory group met this week to recommend strains to include the Northern Hemisphere's 2019-20 vaccines and recommended changing the 2009 H1N1 component but decided to wait a month before settling on the H3N2 strain. In a related development, the group reviewed recent zoonotic flu developments and recommended two new candidate vaccines against potential pandemic threats—H5N6 and H7N4 avian flu.
Editorial: Great, what’s next?
President Rodrigo Duterte had signed universal health care (UHC) into law. Every Filipino is now entitled to free medical care—from prevention to treatment to rehabilitation—under the National Health Security program.
Global Epidemiology of Bat Coronaviruses
This article aims at reviewing the various aspects of the global epidemiology of bat coronaviruses (CoVs). Before the SARS epidemic, bats were not known to be hosts for CoVs. In the last 15 years, bats have been found to be hosts of >30 CoVs with complete genomes sequenced, and many more if those without genome sequences are included. In addition to the interactions among various bat species themselves, bat–animal and bat–human interactions, such as the presence of live bats in wildlife wet markets and restaurants in Southern China, are important for interspecies transmission of CoVs and may lead to devastating global outbreaks.