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  • Department Of Aggriculture

    Technical International Animal Health Liaison Group Newsletter 2018-01

    23 August 2018

    23 AUG - The Technical International Animal Health Liaison (TIAHL) group consists of representatives from Australian Government Departments 

    The newsletter focuses on emerging international animal health issues, and includes a ‘spotlight’ article on a nominated disease or issue; this issue, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

  • How Smartphones Are Becoming a Weapon in the Global Fight Against Tuberculosis | STAT

    21 August 2018

    21 AUG - In this vast border region, tuberculosis control is a high-stakes game of chase. Some patients infected with the disease frequently cross into Mexico for work or to visit family, slipping off the radar of public health workers who must verify they are taking their medicines. It is through these cracks in surveillance that the disease sometimes escapes, like a thief through a back-alley exit.

  • CEPI

    CEPI Awards Contract Worth Up To USD$36 million to Consortium led by IDT to Develop MERS Vaccine

    20 August 2018

    20 AUG - CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) today announced a collaboration with IDT Biologika under which IDT will receive up to USD$36 million to advance the development and manufacture of a vaccine against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a zoonotic disease that is spread to humans from dromedary camels.

  • Statement of the Eighteenth IHR Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus

    15 August 2018

    15 AUG - The new outbreak of cVDPV1 in PNG highlights that there are vulnerable areas of the world not usually the focus of eradication efforts.  The swift action of the Government of PNG in declaring a national public health emergency was welcomed, and highlights the utility of the Temporary Recommendations in such circumstances.

  • Find

    Transferring fingerprick blood sample to RDTs made easy

    10 August 2018

    10 AUG - Blood transfer can be a challenging part of the process; for example, volume control can be prone to error. In response to this, FIND co-developed (together with Injection 74, France) and evaluated an ‘inverted cup’ device for easy transfer of 5 µL blood to malaria RDTs. 

  • Clin Infect Dis

    Screening for tuberculosis with Xpert MTB/RIF versus fluorescent microscopy among adults newly diagnosed with HIV in rural Malawi: a cluster randomized trial (CHEPETSA).

    27 July 2018

    27 July - Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading cause of death among HIV-positive individuals globally. Screening for TB at the point of HIV diagnosis with a high-sensitivity assay presents an opportunity to reduce mortality.


    Specific human antibody responses to Aedes aegypti and Aedes polynesiensis saliva: A new epidemiological tool to assess human exposure to disease vectors in the Pacific

    24 July 2018

    24 AUG - In Pacific islands like in most tropical regions, Aedes mosquitoes affect the health of human populations by transmitting diseases like dengue, chikungunya, Zika and filariasis. The biting nuisance of Aedes mosquitoes also impacts local tourism, affecting the sustainability of island economies. Mosquito saliva is injected during the biting process, and the response triggered by the human immune system to proteins contained in mosquito saliva was shown to be a relevant biomarker of exposure to mosquito bites. Using this approach, we have developed an immuno-epidemiological tool to investigate the exposure of people to the bites of Aedes aegypti and Aedes polynesiensis, two significant mosquito vectors of infectious diseases in French Polynesia and other island countries and territories in the Pacific. This novel tool proved specific and reliable. It will improve the assessment of disease transmission risk and be useful for measuring the efficacy of both conventional and innovative vector control strategies.

  • Financial protection analysis in eight countries in the WHO South-East Asia Region

    17 July 2018

    17 JUL - The aim of this study was to document the financial protection status of eight countries of the South-East Asian region and to investigate the main components of out-of-pocket expenditure on health care. The authors calculated two financial protection indicators using data from living standards surveys or household income and expenditure surveys in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. First, they calculated the incidence of catastrophic health expenditure, defined as the proportion of the population spending more than 10% or 25% of their total household expenditure on health. Second, using World Bank poverty lines, they determined the impoverishing effect of health-care spending by households. Across countries in this study, 242.7 million people experienced catastrophic health expenditure at the 10% threshold, and 56.4 million at the 25% threshold. It was calculated that 58.2 million people were pushed below the extreme poverty line of 1.90 United States dollars (US$) and 64.2 million people below US$ 3.10 (per capita per day values in 2011 purchasing power parity), due to out-of-pocket spending on health. Spending on medicines was the main component of out-of-pocket spending in most of the countries.

  • Longitude Prize


    7 July 2018

    7 JUL - Working on a mobile application has made me realise how much our life depends on technological solutions, yet we understand so little about them. This is not so different from how antibiotics have helped enable a more productive society through better health - although few of us know how they came about.

  • Unitaid

    End of Project Evaluation of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) project on sustainable Global and National Quality Control for Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs)

    24 June 2018

    24 JUN - The purpose of this evaluation was to conduct an end-of-project evaluation of the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) project on sustainable global and national quality control of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs).


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