Joint external evaluation of IHR core capacities of Australia Mission report: 24 November - 1 December 2017
Australia’s final JEE Mission Report, published by the WHO, contains 66 recommendations to further strengthen Australia’s IHR compliance and improve health security. Australia used the recommendations from the JEE to produce Australia’s National Action Plan for Health Security 2019-2023 (NAPHS).
Taiwan sees spike in imported dengue fever cases from Cambodia: CDC
Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu
The number of imported dengue fever cases in Taiwan that originated in Cambodia has increased sharply this year to 66 compared with eight in 2017, a senior official at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.
2018 - A triumph of partnerships
A message from MMV's CEO, David Reddy - As MMV’s 19th year comes to an end, we once again pay tribute to the power of partnerships and collaboration. Once again, as we follow the path outlined by our 5-year Business Plan, MMV’s partnerships have had considerable impact on the lives of people living in malaria-endemic countries that we serve.
Systems Thinking in Practice: Participatory Modeling as a Foundation for Integrated Approaches to Health
Raphaël Duboz et al., - One Health (OH), EcoHealth (EH), and Planetary Health (PH) share an interest in transdisciplinary efforts that bring together scientists, citizens, government and private sectors to implement contextualized actions that promote adaptive health management across human, animal and ecosystem interfaces. A key operational element underlying these Integrated Approaches to Health (IAH) is use of Systems Thinking as a set of tools for integration. In this perspective article, we argue that participatory modeling can support systems thinking in practice and is essential for Integrated Approaches to Health (IAH) implementation. Accordingly we invite PH, OH, and EH practitioners to systematically incorporate specialists in systems science and social engagement and facilitation. For completeness, funding schemes supporting IAH need to follow the same iterative, adaptive, and participative processes to accompany IAH projects throughout their implementation.
Studies on transmission, vaccine bring focus back to Zika
Stephanie Soucheray - Two studies published yesterday in The Journal of Infectious Diseases looked at the risk of sexual and other transmission within households in Zika-endemic areas and the value of Zika vaccination strategies.
Cell-jacking proteins could be the key to cracking Zika and dengue
Amy Maxmen - Dengue and Zika viruses replicate inside people by hijacking some of the same proteins, according to a study published on 13 December in Cell. This finding comes from a suite of techniques that exposes how viruses manipulate the cells they infect, which marks a shift in how researchers are thinking about drug development.
Molecular 'key' could improve malaria vaccine
Radio broadcast - Australian scientists say they've unlocked crucial information that could provide a blueprint for a better malaria vaccine. The Melbourne-based team has identified what's known as a unique molecular "key" that shows how a deadly parasite infects red blood cells.
Preparing for Biological Threats: Are We Ready to Prevent a Global Catastrophe?
Biological threats — whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental — can kill millions and pose catastrophic risks to a country’s security, economics, and communities. This interactive infographic explains the possibility of a global pandemic and the importance of global prepardness.
Avian flu outbreak spurs Bulgaria imports ban
Elijah Felice Rosales - THE PHILIPPINES has temporarily banned the importation of poultry products from Bulgaria due to reported outbreaks of avian influenza in the country.
Backyard chooks could be a biosecurity time bomb
Infectious disease experts have warned of a potential biohazard, literally in our backyards. CSIRO research director for Health and Biosecurity Paul De Barro said there was a growing risk your humble chicken, pig or goat could contract a zoonotic disease, which can be deadly to humans. Pets, particularly on the outskirts of towns and cities, are exposed to wild animals, like bats, that carry diseases such as the Hendra or Nipah virus.