Global News Round Up

Politics & Policies

Descendants of hundreds of black men who were left untreated for syphilis during an infamous government study want a judge to award them any money remaining from a $9 million legal settlement over the program.

The tobacco industry is fighting to block regulations that limit the harm caused due to tobacco usage in African countries.

Programs, Grants & Awards

Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professor David Boyd has been selected as the first Hymowitz Professor of the Practice of Global Health at Duke University.

The Faith and Global Health Caucus will be meeting on July 17, 2017 at 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Stanford Medicine researcher Mike Baiocchi’s innovative approaches in using math to real-world problems with messy data have earned him this year’s Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries.


Researchers at Queen Mary University (London) have been awarded a total of £8.6 million for medical research that will benefit people in low- and middle-income countries.

A striking result from the International Congestive Heart Failure study cohort is the young age of the patient population, especially in Africa and India. The proportion of women is also higher than previously reported in North American and European studies.

According to data from 77 countries, antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhea hard or sometimes impossible to treat.

Diseases & Disasters

A global group of experts on sexually transmitted diseases published an article in the scientific journal, PLOS Medicine, outlining the challenges of drug-resistant gonorrhea.

A new Human Rights Watch report released yesterday found that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil disproportionately impacted the human rights of women and girls in the country’s  northeast region, the epicenter of the outbreak where the virus was first detected in 2015.

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

A student’s capstone project provided the evidence the Centers of Disease Control used to revise its guidelines regarding semen washing.

How did Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever come to strike in Spain? And how worried should we be?  That’s the question a team of epidemiologists and microbiologists has been trying to answer for the past year.

WHO has raised concerns about the measles outbreaks in Europe that led to 35 deaths this past year.


Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS)— a USAID-funded program implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) built a web-based digital health technology called e-TB Manager that allows a country’s health system to manage all the information needed for tuberculosis control.

Due to increasing access to mobile technologies, the global mHealth market is also rising at a steady pace. The global mHealth market was evaluated at USD 19.19 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 58.8 billion by 2020.

NIH funded study uses anonymous smartphone data to track physical activity in more than 100 countries. The study highlights the need to address inequality as a key target for obesity prevention programs.

A cell phone app created by Elina Berglund who was a part of the  team that won a Nobel for Physics in 2013 has been approved as a method of birth control in the EU.

Environmental Health

The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study.

Phthalates are a family of chemicals that are widely used in soaps, plastics, adhesives, rubbers, inks and fragrances. While these chemicals aren’t intentionally added into foods, they make their way in through the manufacturing process.

On July 12, Professor Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute at UW-Madison and a pioneer in researching global climate change and its consequences described the health consequences of global climate change and his proposals for addressing these issues.

A new study reveals that the Earth’s 6th mass extinction might be more severe than previously thought, not just in terms of species at risk for extinction but also in terms of population sizes and territories.

According to a study by engineers at Horae Lee in the UK, poor disconnected designs and inadequate building regulations are taking a toll on the health and well-being of London residents.

Equity & Disparities

Increasing evidence from scientists the world over indicates that many health outcomes — everything from life expectancy to infant mortality and obesity — can be linked to the level of economic inequality within a given population.

The undeniable relationship between health, welfare and peace demands a revolution in multilateral cooperation, researchers from the Harvard Medical School Program in Global Surgery and Social Change argue in an opinion piece published June 4 in the Journal of International Affairs.  

Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

South Sudanese mothers are taking on the job of demining, clearing up bombs and unexploded ordnances in an effort to provide safety for their families.

A new report reveals a troubling trend with the rise in the use of tobacco imagery among top-grossing R-rated blockbuster movies.

Honduras legislators have unanimously voted to ban child marriage. Under the ban it would be illegal for children under 18 years of age to be married under any circumstance.

Maternal, Neonatal & Children’s Health

Performance incentives to wide-ranging health system actors in Malawi had an overall positive impact, especially equipment maintenance and drug stocks.

A massive UN-backed public-private effort, “Every Woman, Every Child” is transforming the health and well-being of children, adolescents and women globally.

A study conducted in 300 classrooms in Spain reveals that levels of harmful pollutants in classrooms varied greatly depending on the proximity to roads and this ultimately led to slower brain growth in children.

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