Health Security Digest

  • Homeland Preparedness news

    HHS officials reaffirm support for Global Health Security Agenda

    9 November 2018

    9 NOV - Dave Kovaleski

    Officials from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department attended the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia this week to reaffirm U.S. support for the initiative and commit additional funding.  

  • fda

    FDA authorizes emergency use of first Ebola fingerstick test with portable reader

    9 November 2018

    9 NOV - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that an emergency use authorization (EUA) has been issued for a rapid, single-use test for the detection of Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus).

  • cidrap

    Ebola outbreak now DRC's largest ever, with 319 cases

    9 November 2018

    9 NOV - Stephanie Soucheray

    Officials today reported 7 new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC),  raising the outbreak total to 319 confirmed or probable cases, making the outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces the country's biggest in its history.

  • Center for global development

    Financing Outbreak Preparedness: Where Are We and What Next?

    9 November 2018

    9 NOV - Amanda Glassman et al., 

    This week, global leaders gathered at the 5th Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meetings in Bali under the overarching theme of “advancing global partnerships” for greater health security. Alongside this event, the World Bank hosted a discussion on preparedness financing at the country level.

  • MRFF

    Medical Research Future Fund releases Australian Medical Research and Innovation Priorities 2018-2020

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV - The MRFF Priorities for 2018-2020 under One Health - Antimicrobial Resistance, Global Health and Health Security have been released by the Department of Health. 


    • One Health – Antimicrobial Resistance

    There are no borders between human and animal health when it comes to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Research into stewardship practices, diagnostic tools and new antimicrobials and vaccines that spans this divide is critical.

    Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the world. High rates of antibiotic use are associated with increasing rates of antibiotic resistance. The Australian National AMR Strategy 2015-2019 recognises that AMR is a One Health issue that requires a coordinated response in all sectors including the human health, animal health, food and agriculture sectors.

    Provision of research grant opportunities that focus on collaborative multidisciplinary research to achieve better public health outcomes through the understanding of mechanisms of microbe transfer between animals and humans and by the development of strategies to reduce antibiotic use and apply novel therapeutic solutions.


    • Global Health and Health Security

    Global health challenges including health emergencies and pandemic preparedness, and the development and implementation of low technology preventative, diagnostic and treatment solutions are best addressed through international research collaboration.

    Health is a global effort and today’s world is highly interconnected. Australians can benefit from research that addresses emerging global threats and delivers fit-for-purpose healthcare innovations that can be of secondary benefit to other nations. It is important that Australian researchers think and work globally to address shared challenges.

    Creation of an Australian Global Health Challenges Research Fund that can leverage contributions from other portfolios, philanthropy and global health funds to purposefully stimulate public good research that addresses global health and health security issues of relevance to Australia. This fund could work similar to the Biomedical Translation Fund but have a not-for-profit focus.


    WHO tracking mechanism for IHR additional health measures

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV - Adam Kamradt-Scott et at., 

    In February, 2018, WHO in collaboration with The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia, launched a new tool to monitor compliance with the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) requirements regarding additional health measures. The initiative is part of the WHO Secretariat's commitment to strengthening the IHR framework, which is a legally binding instrument to protect global public health and prevent unnecessary disruption to international traffic and trade; this framework has been adopted by 196 States Parties, including all 194 Member States of WHO.

  • Livemint

    Australia to set up $2 billion infrastructure fund for Indo-Pacific region

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV - Elizabeth Roche

    The Australian government announced on Thursday that it would establish the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for countries in the Pacific region with a $2 billion infrastructure initiative “to significantly boost Australia’s support for infrastructure development in Pacific countries and Timor-Leste”.

  • Livemint

    All 4 dengue strains can circulate together, turn deadly: Study

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV - Neetu Chandra Sharma

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has confirmed that DEN 3 is circulating this year in the national capital, while the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) has recently established in its research, An Epidemiological Study of Dengue and its Coinfections in Delhi, that in previous years, all the four strains were circulating together.

  • Oxford Academic

    Implementation and impact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at a tertiary care centre in South India

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV Via CIDRAPSanjeev Singh et al.,

    Currently, ASPs are rare in India but are gaining momentum. This study describes ASP implementation in a large, academic, private, tertiary-care center in India.

  • Oxford Academic

    The mortality burden of multidrug-resistant pathogens in India: a retrospective observational study

    8 November 2018

    8 NOV Via CIDRAPSumanth Gandra

    A new study by researchers with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy has found a significant relationship between multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacterial infections and mortality in India.



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