Is Sri Lanka’s health system ready to respond to the population shift?
Universal Health Coverage is a fundamental goal rooted in the human rightto health. It ensures that every person, no matter who they are or where theylive – has access to quality health services without suffering financialhardship. Achieving universal health coverage will accelerate efforts to endextreme poverty, achieve gender equality and increase health security, so thatno one is left behind.
The challenges of bringing malaria innovations to scale
Catherine Cheney - How could air capture technology, which is being developed to limit the impacts of increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, be applied to malaria?
No new cases of H5N1 bird flu in humans reported since 2014
Việt Nam had reported no new human cases of avian influenza A/H5N1 and the country had successfully controlled outbreaks of the H5N1 strain over the past five years.
Remain vigilant to keep dengue at bay
All it takes is 10 minutes a week to check for mosquito breeding grounds in one’s surrounding, says the Selangor Health Department. Its deputy health director (Public Health) senior consultant Dr B. Venugopalan has reminded Selangor residents to be constantly vigilant about the dengue menace during the current rainy season.
ADB project to improve health care in disadvantaged areas in Vietnam
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today approved $100.6 million in financing to support the Government of Vietnam’s reform effort to improve health service delivery and the quality of health care providers, especially in poor and border crossings.
Provinces take steps to control avian flu outbreak
Authorities in provinces in the southern part of the country are taking necessary measures to prevent disease in poultry and transmission to humans. The weather in the south is now in a transition period, which is creating favourable conditions for the development of disease if effective measures are not taken.
Mass drug administration leads to rapid, partial reduction of malaria
Chaeuea V et al.,
Mass drug administration with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine was able to rapidly interrupt malaria transmission in four villages in Myanmar where the prevalence of asymptomatic infection was high, but researchers reported that infections from a common malaria parasite recurred within months, demonstrating the importance of asymptomatic infections to malaria transmission in Southeast Asia.
Alarm over plans to store samples of deadly diseases in Tokyo
Japanese scientists are planning to import samples of some of the world's deadliest viruses in a bid to understand them better amid fears of an influx of foreign visitors. Samples of the five viruses – Ebola, Marburg, Crimean-Congo, Lassa and Zika – will be stored at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Musashimurayama, a suburb to the west of central Tokyo.
70 years of human rights in global health: drawing on a contentious past to secure a hopeful future
Lawrence O Gostin et al.,
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted on Dec 10, 1948, established a modern human rights foundation that has become a cornerstone of global health, central to public health policies, programmes, and practices. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of this seminal declaration, we trace the evolution of human rights in global health, linking the past, present, and future of health as a human right.
100 mozzie breeding spots in Bedok area destroyed
The authorities have found and destroyed 100 mosquito breeding habitats in the Bedok area - the largest among 17 active dengue clusters discovered here. The Bedok area accounted for 42 of the 110 dengue cases reported across Singapore in the week that ended last Saturday - the first time this year that dengue cases have crossed the century mark in a week.