Global News Round Up

Politics & Policies

Donors have lost their focus on aid effectiveness in the last decade, limiting aid’s impact. Here we report on new results of one of the few measures of aid “quality” – the Quality of Official Development Assistance (QuODA).

The US midterm election was a partial rebuke to President Donald Trump. But although Trump’s legislative agenda has largely come to an end, his ability to affect global health through non-legislative means remains vast.

One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US health experts who want to help at the outbreak’s epicenter in the Democratic Republic of Congo from traveling there.

The British parliament is urging the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to make antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a ”top five policy priority” in a new report.

Programs, Grants & Awards

On November 4-6, 2018, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will attend the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia, which will officially launch the next five-year phase of GHSA, known as GHSA 2024.

Research

Effect of ten-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine introduction on pneumococcal carriage in Fiji: results from four annual cross-sectional carriage surveys.

We provide new empirical and methodological findings problematising evidence, evaluation and measurement when using asset-based approaches and co-production to improve health and address inequalities.

CDC’s global health security work focuses primarily on countries with weaknesses in their health systems, because these countries are vulnerable to global disease threats that could adversely affect the health and economy of the United States at the national, state, and local levels.

Diseases & Disasters

Food, clothes, medicine: the people of Yemen just want the same life as us.  After spending years amid Yemen’s devastation, we have seen conflict and hardship overtake millions of ordinary people.

Scientists believe the STD mycoplasma genitalium—Mgen—infects 1-3% of the population. However, it often doesn’t cause symptoms or is easily confused with better-known conditions.

The first treatment for sleeping sickness that relies on pills alone was approved recently by Europe’s drug regulatory agency, paving the way for use in Africa, the last bastion of the horrific disease.

Although the WHO has not yet declared the latest Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency, its latest report warned that the volatile security situation is making the risk of disease spread to neighboring countries very high.

The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North.

Technology

Cancer scientists have combined ‘liquid biopsy,’ epigenetic alterations and machine learning to develop a blood test to detect and classify cancer at its earliest stages.

Low levels of public confidence in vaccines in the European Union are pushing immunization rates down and the number of disease outbreaks up, according to an expert report.

Environmental Health

Air pollution is a silent public health emergency, killing 7 million people every year and damaging the health of many, many more.  Despite this epidemic of needless, preventable deaths and disability, a smog of complacency pervades the planet.

Equity & Disparities

Women provide most of the world’s frontline health care in their roles as nurses and community health workers, but they are underrepresented in leadership positions.

Women, Maternal, Neonatal & Children’s Health

In a call for concrete policy pledges from governments across the world to tackle the problem, the UN health agency reports that more than nine in 10 youngsters breathe air that is so polluted, “it puts their health and development at serious risk”.

Many migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border, some of them very young, have landed in shelters where they often experience stress, neglect and minimal social and cognitive stimulation. The latest findings tell a cautionary tale about the psychiatric and social risks of long-term deprivation and family separation as children transition to adolescence.

About 80 percent of an estimated 8 million children in orphanages or other institutions are not orphans, according to Lumos, a charity founded by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, which aims to have no children living in institutions by 2050.

 

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