WORLD POPULATION: 7,986,457,315
YEAR 2100 PROJECTION: 11,200,000,000
U.S. POPULATION: 335,614,431
POLITICS & POLICIES
November 4, 2022: The global climate confab that begins on Sunday is on a nasty crash course with reality. Organizers of the U.N. climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, known as COP27, are framing it as a forum for discussing actions, not promises — and in particular, as an opportunity for wealthy nations such as the United States to spell out how they plan to deliver on their pledges of financial assistance for poorer countries facing climate disaster.
PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, CONFERENCES, GRANTS, AWARDS & EVENTS
September/October 2022: Access to nutritious and safe food has become increasingly unreliable for many of the world’s poor, an issue exacerbated by the pandemic, climate change and conflict. Research on nutrition, food insecurity and health outcomes is now necessary, even crucial, both domestically and abroad. A three-part webinar hosted by Fogarty, “Learning from Global Food/Nutrition Insecurity,” will feature innovative research projects in global settings.
HISTORICAL, REPORTS, DOCUMENTS, DATA & INDEXES
Please note, global and hemispheric anomalies are with respect to the 20th century average. Coordinate anomalies are with respect to the 1981 to 2010 average. All other regional anomalies are with respect to the 1910 to 2000 average.
The WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme works towards the goal of a world free of TB, with zero deaths, disease and suffering due to the disease. The team’s mission is to lead and guide the global effort to end the TB epidemic through universal access to people-centred prevention and care, multisectoral action and innovation.
October 28, 2022: We tend to think of ourselves as ourselves: a collection of DNA-directed human cells that make up our bodies and carry out life’s important processes. Only we need help. A lot of help. In sheer numbers of cells, we’re arguably more parts bacteria and other microbes than human. That universe within is called the microbiome— actually multiple microbiomes inhabiting different parts of the body. Without them, we couldn’t live. Science is just now getting a handle on the body’s microbiomes and their surprising impacts on human health. It’s not easy work.
September / October 2022: A long-standing Fogarty-funded training partnership between Emory University and Georgian National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (NCTLD) played a critical role in the ZeNix trial testing a three-medication antibiotic regimen called ‘BPaL’ to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in record time. Findings from this study, recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine , are expected to impact treatment protocols around the globe.
DISEASES & DISASTERS
October 19, 2022: The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that COVID-19 remains a global emergency, nearly three years after it was first declared as one. The WHO’s emergency committee first made the declaration for COVID-19 on Jan 30, 2020. Such a determination can help accelerate research, funding and international public health measures to contain a disease. The UN-agency has said in recent months that while cases are falling in parts of the world, countries still need to maintain their vigilance and push to get their most vulnerable populations vaccinated.
November 1, 2022: A Florida-based health records company has agreed to pay $45 million to resolve allegations that it improperly generated sales and caused users to report inaccurate information, the U.S. attorney’s office in Vermont announced Tuesday. The government alleges in the civil case that Modernizing Medicine Inc., of Boca Raton, violated the False Claims Act and the anti-kickback statute through three marketing programs that increased its business and that of a laboratory company it was working with.
CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
November 4, 2022: The study gives the example of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where under a scenario of very high emissions by 2100, additional deaths due to climate change could rise to nearly twice the country’s current annual death rate from all cancers, and 10 times its annual road traffic fatalities. “Because of human action, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is reaching dangerous levels, driving Earth’s temperatures higher and amplifying the frequency of intensity of extreme events”, says the newly launched Human Climate Horizons platform, adding that without concerted and urgent action, climate change will further exacerbate inequalities, and uneven development.
EQUITY & DISPARITIES
November 2, 2022: Edition of the Prioritizing Equity series, Karthik Sivashanker, MD, vice president at the AMA Center for Health Equity, speaks with participants from the Peer Network for Advancing Equity through Quality and Safety program on their strategies for operationalizing equity into their quality and safety operations.
WOMEN, MATERNAL, NEONATAL & CHILDREN’S HEALTH
October 27, 2022: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday approved state plan amendments allowing Georgia and Pennsylvania to extend postpartum coverage from 60 days to 12 months after pregnancy for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees under the American Rescue Plan Act. They join 24 other states and Washington, D.C., in opting to extend the coverage under either the ARPA state plan option or section 1115 demonstration authority.
POVERTY ALLEVIATION & ERADICATION
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the share of the world’s population living in extreme poverty fell from 10.1 per cent in 2015 to 9.3 per cent in 2017. This means that the number of people living on less than $1.90 per day dropped from 741 million to 689 million. However, the rate of reduction had slowed to less than half a percentage point annually between 2015 and 2017, compared with one percentage point annually between 1990 and 2015.
October 14, 2022: COVID-19 has had a profound impact on health and well-being around the world. In this blog, we report updated nowcasts of global poverty up to 2022. Estimates of global poverty for the years up to 2019 are available in the World Bank’s Poverty and Inequality Platform (PIP). Our past projections of global poverty (for instance see here) used only the growth in average national income to project each household’s income. In this blog, we present estimates of global poverty allowing for differential growth across households within a country, featured in the 2022 Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report.
HUMANITARIAN, NONPROFITS, FOUNDATIONS & NGOS
March 15, 2022: A mix of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and ongoing conflicts have fueled a substantial increase in the need for worldwide humanitarian assistance and protection. According to a recent United Nations (UN) overview, 274 million people will require aid in 2022, up from 235 million people last year. Assistance for 183 million people most in need across 63 countries will require $41 billion, according to the UN and its partners.