Politics and Policies:
- Judge strikes down age restrictions for ‘Morning after’ pill. Now it will be available to girls less than 17 years of age.
- Health ministry of Liberia has adopted guidelines for mother to baby care with an aim to fight maternal mortality.
- Health ministry of Rwanda has taken over a 11 year project which cost $ 2,718,000 with a goal of increasing access to and use of Fertility Awareness- based Methods.
- The World Health Organization has called on the public to remain calm as human infections of new bird flu strain H7N9 are isolated.
- New food health labeling standard is signed by the Food Safety Minister of New Zealand.
- An NGO of Australia is supporting Ethiopian government to enhance food security and improve maternal and child health in Ethiopia.
- Targeting the improvement of health sector in Ethiopia, the World Bank and the Ethioian Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (MoFED) signed a 120 million dollar loan and grant agreement.
- A book on Health promotion in Ghana launched. It evaluated the challenges of health promotion in sub-Saharan Africa.
- According to the Vatican’s diplomatic mission, Pope Francis has donated $50,000 to help victims of the deadly floods .
- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has shut down seven HIV/AIDS clinics in Kenya.
- A Danish firm aims to improve health, environment in Mozambique.
- Australian and local NGOs are working together in Zambia to improve access to water, sanitation and hygiene services in Western Province.
- Hong Kong has launched fast bird flu tests for H5 and H7 viruses. The government will raise the response from ‘alert’ to ‘serious’ if virus is detected in poultry or people in Hon Kong.
- According to a study brisk walking does the same benefit as running in heart disease patient. It reduces the chances of high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
- Lack of dental services a factor in grades, attendance in state schools. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, ‘dental disease is at “epidemic” levels among California children’.
- A study states that balding men are at a higher risk for heart disease. They also found that there was no significant correlation with Chronic Heart Disease.
- A study published in editorial annals of Internal Medicine found a link between hormone therapy like Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) boosts heart disease risk.
- Studies suggest that happy loving relationships are prescription to a healthy long life.
- A study published in The Journal of the North America Menopause Society, a Chinese herbal supplement can help to reduce hot flushes of menopause.
- According to a study, health problems and low income, not xenophobia creates a lack of well- being.
- According to a study, higher mercury levels is linked to higher diabetes risk. The team examined the toe nail mercury levels to diabetes risk.
Diseases and Disasters:
- More than 600 children have been reported to have contracted measles in an outbreak in South Wales.
- After one of its longtime members nearly died of a lung infection caused by fungi growing inside his bag, a prominent Scottish bagpiping school has warned pipers around the world.
- The Kenya Red Cross society has warned that the floods in Kisumu may be a health risk due to water borne diseases.
- According to the reports the death toll in Argentina due to floods rises to 57.
- China has fast-tracked the approval of a new drug in an attempt to contain an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu known as H7N9.
- Moderate earth quake measuring 5.8 on Richters scale hits Kashmir valley on Aril 4th. No damage to life or property has been reported.
- Massive earthquake measuring 7.2 magnitude rocks Indonesia on 6th April. No tsunami warning has been issued.
- According to the reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude -6 undersea earthquake had hit eastern Japan on April 2nd.
- Mild earthquake measuring 4.5 was felt in Kutch in Gujarat. No reports of casualties or property damage.
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Politics and Policies:
- The government of Australia is preparing to soon offer a 20-minute HIV test in Melbourne. It has yet to decide which clinics will offer the test.
- The National Population Commission has announced that China has planned to improve county-level family planning services.
- Regulations have been issued by the government of Indonesia to bear graphic photographic warnings on the cigarette packets.
- The United Nations has allowed Bolivia to return to the United Nations main anti-narcotics treaty and has given its approval on chewing the coca leaf.
- Twelve nations have signed a new United Nations treaty which aims to counter the illegal tobacco trade.
- New York City (U.S.) hospitals will adopt new guidelines that will forbid emergency room doctors to give out more than three days’ worth opioid painkillers to the patients.
- Pfizer Inc. has included its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to expand its pediatric immunization program in Tanzania.
- UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic. More than 300,000 children have been affected by the violence which has led to their limited access to education and health facilities.
- US$176 million announced by IMF and World Bank for debt relief for the Union of the Comoros. It will help the country to fight poverty and improve health and education facilities.
- European Union gives EUR 16million support to Ghana. This money will support the implementation of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Accelerated Framework and Country Action Plan developed to combat maternal mortality.
- $25 million has been awarded by Abt Associates for a three-year malaria prevention project in Kenya.
- The FCC has launched $400 million heath care development fund with an aim to create and expand telemedicine networks.
- According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry there is a relationship between mental health and spirituality.
- According to the Journal of Infectious Diseases, nosocomial transmission responsible for XDR-TB outbreak in South Africa.
- A study identifies the chances of infection (co-infection) with another disease when a person is infected with a disease.
- A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics, climate can be the reason for a neurological condition, hydrocephalus in children in Uganda.
- Number of new annual cases of HIV/AIDS cases in India has dropped by 57 percent in the last decade.
- A study published in J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry links loneliness with higher chances of dementia or memory loss.
- Researchers have identified role in obesity and diabetes. They have found that blocking the expression of gene TRIP-B2r in mice protects them against obesity and insulin resistance.
- A report published by Natural News states that children who are vaccinated according to the CDC recommended schedule are five times more likely to develop diseases as compared those who are not.
- According to the findings of a report, among all rich countries, people of U.S. live unhealthy and shorter lives.
Diseases and Disasters:
- The Flu has surpassed an ‘epidemic’ threshold in the United States. It is widespread in all except the three states of US.
- According to The New Times survey, there is a severe drug shortage in Kigali hospitals (in Rwanda).
- The World Health Organization (WHO) yellow fever has killed about 171 people in Darfur (Sudan).
- Top U.N. Aid officials warn food crisis in two isolated southern states of Sudan. People of South Kordofan and Blue Nile have been feared dying of malnutrition and disease.
- According to the officials, about 80 people have died in Bangladesh due to cold-related diseases like respiratory problems, pneumonia and cough.
- People in Beijing have been warned of extremely hazardous air quality. The density of PM2.5 particulates has reached 700 micrograms per cubic meter in many parts of city.
- Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has warned the public of possible outbreak of Leptospirosis (rat fever) in flood affected areas.
- According to the health authorities, Barbados has recorded an increase in dengue cases since the last year.
- Paraguay has confirmed reports of outbreaks of dengue in the north and east of the country. It has declared a national epidemics alert.
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APHA’s 2011 Section elections are coming up soon! Online voting will open on May 16 and ends on June 20. Section members should receive an e-mail on May 16 (next Monday) which will include:
- Your online election validation number
- Your APHA membership ID number
- Voting instructions
- A direct link to your voting Web site
All you have to do is click on the direct link and VOTE!
APHA’s Trade and Health Forum has released its first newsletter! The Forum has established a quarterly APHA Trade & Health Forum Newsletter that includes brief reports from forum members regarding recent work and analyses of issues related to trade and health, as well as announcements for trade and health advocacy opportunities and events. The first spring issue can be viewed here (PDF).
David Sencer, the longest-serving director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and one of the leaders of the U.S. contribution to the smallpox campaign, passed away at age 86 on May 2.
May 5 was International Day of the Midwife.
- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces to assist Asia Pacific countries in identifying priority actions for dengue prevention and control.
- On May 11, dozens of countries around the world will kick off the first global Decade of Action for Road Safety, from 2011-2020.
- Starting last week, China’s Ministry of Health is strengthening its tobacco rules to require 28 types of businesses, including bars, coffee shops, hotels and stadiums to become 100 percent smoke-free.
- After a sensationalistic (and rather silly) report from the AP on corruption and graft, the Global Fund has assembled a high-level panel of independent experts to assess the risk of fraud in the current portfolio. The review should be concluded by mid-September
- Sri Lanka commemorated 100 years of its National Malaria Control Program, which has brought the death toll from malaria from 80,000 per year to 0, on May 5. In 2010, only 684 cases of malaria were reported in the country.
- Health officials in India have taken up a pilot project at taluka places to identify areas with less number of institutional deliveries to bring down maternal deaths.
- UNICEF has found that boreholes drilled in response to the Zimbabwe cholera outbreak in 2008 have not been adequately supported by the government in Harare.
- USAID announced that it will be launching a $10 million mobile health program which will deliver information and tips to mothers via SMS.
- Protease inhibitors used to treat patients with HIV looks to provide an effective treatment to malaria as well and are being hailed as ‘superdrugs.’
- Headaches are the most common health disorders across the world, yet they remain neglected and under-treated, according to a UN study.
- Researchers warn that East African plants that could cure malaria could disappear before scientists have a chance to study them.
DISEASES AND DISASTERS
Thanks, as usual, to the Healthy Dose and Humanosphere.
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Attention IH Section Members: Dr. Kaja Abbas, MPH student at the University of Rochester, is gauging interest in forming a working group focused on using system science to improve global health, similar to the intitiaves being promoted by NIH. Her interests are in conducting system science research on global health policy by modeling population and disease dynamics and economic evaluation of public health interventions and systems, with a focus on HIV and TB. Dr. Malcolm Bryant, our section chair, has encouraged the expansion of our section’s activities in areas of technical expertise, and Dr. Abbas is enthusiastic about a working group within the section that promotes system science methodologies for global health solutions. She welcomes your thoughts and suggestions at kaja [dot] abbas [at] gmail [dot] com.
Global Health Delivery online’s HIV prevention community is hosting a “virtual expert panel” March 7-11 to continue the dialogue around PrEP as a novel approach to prevention. Panelists from Uganda, South Africa and the United States will lead the online discussion, highlighting various barriers and opportunities to implementing PrEP in clinical settings; how to encourage long-term adherence; and what additional research questions need to be answered. Panelists include (1) Douglas Krakower, MD, a fellow in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, (2)Andrew Mujugira, MBChB, MSc, the East Africa regional medical director for the Partners PrEP study, and (3) Vivek Naranbhai, PhD, who was involved in CAPRISA microbicide gel study. All GHDonline members can participate in this online discussion. You can sign up here if you are not currently a member.
- Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people in the Eastern Province of Zambia has urged his subjects to get circumcised in order to reduce the chances of spreading HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in his land.
- Britain is threatening to pull out of the Food and Agriculture Organization due to “patchy” performance.
- Due to uncertainty in past estimates, the Indian government has formed a 16-member expert group to determine the annual death rate caused by malaria in the country each year.
- The breakdown of the air conditioning in the plenary hall of the Philippines’ House of Representatives stalled the heated debate of a controversial reproductive health bill. The bill is vehemently opposed by the Catholic Church and pro-life groups and has caused a stir in the largely Catholic country.
- A massive demonstration rally was held in New Delhi to protest a free trade agreement between India and Europe, which many fear may threaten the production of low-cost generic drugs, particularly HIV medicines.
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