News Round Up

WORLD POPULATION:  7,932,922,456

POLITICS & POLICIES

February 17th: Efforts to strengthen global health security will only succeed if the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) is enhanced, the agency’s head said on Thursday, as its biggest donor, Washington, proposed a new global pandemic prevention fund. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/who-must-be-bolstered-strengthen-global-health-security-says-tedros-2022-02-17/

PROGRAMS, CONFERENCES, GRANTS, AWARDS & EVENTS

February 2nd: An Indiana University-led global health program developed in Kenya is expanding to help improve health in new locations in Ghana and Mexico. https://news.iu.edu/stories/2022/02/iu/releases/02-ampath-global-health-network-adds-sites-mexico-ghana.html 

February 22nd: Dr. Paul Farmer, global health champion, Harvard Medical School professor, anthropologist and co-founder of the nonprofit health organization Partners in Health, has died at age 62. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/02/21/1082117707/global-health-champion-dr-paul-farmer-has-died 

HISTORICAL, REPORTS, DOCUMENTS, DATA & INDEXES

May 24, 2011: Quinine remains an important anti-malarial drug almost 400 years after its effectiveness was first documented. However, its continued use is challenged by its poor tolerability, poor compliance with complex dosing regimens, and the availability of more efficacious anti-malarial drugs. https://malariajournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2875-10-144 

In 2019, the top 10 causes of death accounted for 55% of the 55.4 million deaths worldwide.  The top global causes of death, in order of total number of lives lost, are associated with three broad topics: cardiovascular (ischaemic heart disease, stroke), respiratory (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lower respiratory infections) and neonatal conditions – which include birth asphyxia and birth trauma, neonatal sepsis and infections, and preterm birth complications. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death 

Life expectancy is the key metric for assessing population health. Broader than the narrow metric of the infant and child mortality, which focus solely at mortality at a young age, life expectancy captures the mortality along the entire life course. It tells us the average age of death in a population. https://ourworldindata.org/life-expectancy

January 11th: Poverty was such a persistent reality in humanity’s history up to the 18th century, that it was unimaginable that it could ever be different, but it is possible to leave widespread poverty behind. https://ourworldindata.org/history-of-poverty-has-just-begun

March 11th: Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

RESEARCH

January 7th: High-dose rifamycins in the treatment of TB: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34996847/ 

January 25th: Identification of Key Determinants of Cerebral Malaria Development and Inhibition Pathways https://journals.asm.org/doi/full/10.1128/mbio.03708-21

January 28th: HIV and SARS-CoV-2: Tracing a Path of Vaccine Research and Development https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11904-021-00597-4

February 9th: Researchers confirm newly developed inhaled vaccine delivers broad protection against SARS-CoV-2, variants of concern https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220209112136.htm 

February 16th: Magnitude and determinants of male partner involvement in PMTCT service utilization of pregnant women attending public health facilities of Ethiopia, 2021: a systematic review and meta-analysis https://aidsrestherapy.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12981-022-00436-5 

Effectiveness of Maternal Vaccination with mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy Against COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization in Infants Aged <6 Months — 17 States, July 2021–January 2022 https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7107e3.htm

DISEASES & DISASTERS

Chagas disease is a parasitic, systemic, and chronic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, with risk factors strongly link to low socioeconomic factors. https://www.paho.org/en/topics/chagas-disease

February 18th, 2020: Leishmaniasis is a vector borne disease that is transmitted by sand flies  and caused by obligate intracellular protozoa of the genus Leishmania. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/leishmaniasis/biology.html

June 11th, 2021: Cardiovascular Diseases https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds)

December 7th, 2021: Countries with regulations protecting people from industrially produced trans fat tripled over the past year https://www.paho.org/en/news/7-12-2021-countries-regulations-protecting-people-industrially-produced-trans-fat-tripled-over 

February 4th: Discovery of HIV variant shows virus can evolve to be more severe and contagious https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2022/02/04/1078035844/discovery-of-hiv-variant-shows-virus-can-evolve-to-be-more-severe-and-contagious

February 23rd: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2022/02/covid19-top-news-omicron-coronavirus-23-february-2022/

TECHNOLOGy

March 2nd: Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness against the Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2119451

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 

February 28th: Scientists: US needs to support a strong global agreement to curb plastic pollution https://www.ehn.org/us-plastics-2656802114/plastic-action-kit                         

EQUITY & DISPARITIES                                                                

December 3, 2021: Afro-descendants in Latin American countries live in starkly unequal conditions that impact health and well-being, PAHO study shows  https://www.paho.org/en/news/3-12-2021-afro-descendants-latin-american-countries-live-starkly-unequal-conditions-impact                     

February 3rd: Strapped for Time and Resources: Fighting Stroke in Rural South Africa https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2022-02/strapped-time-and-resources-fighting-stroke-rural-south-africa                                                                                                      

February 9th: ACT-Accelerator calls for fair share-based financing of US$ 23 billion to end pandemic as global emergency in 2022 https://www.who.int/news/item/09-02-2022-act-accelerator-calls-for-fair-share-based-financing-of-usdollar-23-billion-to-end-pandemic-as-global-emergency-in-2022                 

February 16th: The Center for Global Health Innovation Announces Award of $9.8 Million Grant to Address Vaccine Hesitancy in 7 States https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220216005492/en/The-Center-for-Global-Health-Innovation-Announces-Award-of-9.8-Million-Grant-to-Address-Vaccine-Hesitancy-in-7-States 

WOMEN, MATERNAL, NEONATAL & CHILDREN’S HEALTH                

February 1st: Zika Virus in Children https://www.drugs.com/cg/zika-virus-in-children.html

February 22nd: Adolescent psychological well-being tied to adult risk of cardiovascular disease, study finds. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/02/220222135446.htm

February 23rd: Targeted by Politicians, Trans Youth Struggle With Growing Fear and Mental Health Concerns https://khn.org/news/article/transgender-youth-mental-health-targeted-by-politicians/

March 3rd: California Could OK Abortions by Solo Nurse Practitioners https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-03-03/california-could-ok-abortions-by-solo-nurse-practitioners

HUMANITARIAN, NONPROFITS, FOUNDATIONS & NGOS

Time to go big: Promoting an equitable economic recovery https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/articles/equitable-economic-recovery-strategy

Improving monitoring capacity in humanitarian and fragile settings in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO http://hopkinshumanitarianhealth.org/research/projects/improving-monitoring-capacity-in-humanitarian-and-fragile/ 

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