News Round Up

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POLITICS & POLICIES

November 25, 2022: BEIJING (AP) — Residents of some parts of China’s capital were emptying supermarket shelves and overwhelming delivery apps Friday as the city government ordered faster construction of COVID-19 quarantine centers and field hospitals. Uncertainty and scattered, unconfirmed reports of lockdowns in at least some Beijing districts have fueled demand for food and other supplies, something not seen in the city for months.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-11-25/panic-buying-in-beijing-as-city-adds-new-quarantine-centers

PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, CONFERENCES, GRANTS, AWARDS & EVENTS

November 21, 2022: The 2022 edition of the European Public Health Conference – Europe’s largest gathering of public health associations, institutes and professionals – convened in Berlin on 9–12 November, culminating in calls for investments in stronger health systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking part in the conference with a WHO/Europe delegation of experts, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, urged the public health community in the region to adopt a “dual-track” approach to stronger health systems in countries, focusing on both the provision of high-quality services and emergency preparedness and response. “In a world of ever-increasing health crises, at a time of economic and financial turmoil, we must accept and work within this new paradigm. On one hand, we must invest significantly in preparing for mounting and often overlapping emergencies,” Dr Kluge explained. “And on the other, we must ensure that we redouble our efforts to prevent illness, promote health and strengthen day-to-day essential health services.” 

https://www.who.int/europe/news/item/21-11-2022-harnessing-the-power-of-partnerships-at-europe-s-largest-public-health-conference

HISTORICAL, REPORTS, DOCUMENTS, DATA & INDEXES

The development of public health began in ancient times. Health measures involved, for example, the quarantine of leprosy victims in the Middle Ages. Early international efforts in disease control occurred in national quarantines in Europe and the middle east.  Over time, correlations between disease and environment were increasingly understood and refined, and from the 14th century onwards the plague epidemics spurred efforts to improve sanitation.

https://www.news-medical.net/health/History-of-Public-Health.aspx

RESEARCH

November 25, 2022: Announcing a new article publication for Zoonoses journal. Bats are the hosts of multiple pathogens, but the microbial composition of their lung tissues remains unknown. This study investigates the species compositions and genera of important respiratory tract pathogenic bacteria in bat lung tissue. A microbiota study was conducted in Hebei, Henan and Guizhou provinces in China. Lung tissues were collected from 104 healthy bats. The lung tissue was subjected to 16S ribosomal ribonucleic acid gene sequencing.

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20221125/Study-investigates-microbial-composition-in-bat-lung-tissue.aspx

DISEASES & DISASTERS

August 5, 2022; There’s no test for long Covid. There’s no specific drug to take or exercises to do to ease its symptoms. There isn’t a consensus on what long Covid symptoms are, and some doctors even doubt that it’s real. Yet with vast numbers of people having had Covid-19, and estimates ranging from 7.7 million to 23 million long Covid patients in the US alone, researchers say it has the potential to be “the next public health disaster in the making.”

TECHNOLOGY

November 21, 2022: Healthcare organizations face a staffing shortage when it comes to physicians and nurses, but they’re also in urgent need of skilled cybersecurity professionals. And as more health systems experience ransomware and potential vulnerabilities in connected medical devices, security must be a top organizational goal. Health systems are well aware of the potential impact of cyberattacks on patient care, but they are running into issues trying to address it amid budget constraints and workforce shortages. They don’t have to shoulder the burden alone. Just as care teams work together to treat patients, organizations can rely on partnerships to improve the health of their security. And just as clinicians provide a whole-person approach to care, a partnership with a healthcare security expert can offer a more holistic path rather than patched-together solutions.

https://healthtechmagazine.net/article/2022/11/why-healthcare-cybersecurity-team-effort

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

November 24, 2022: The annual climate talks are sometimes compared to a circus, or a battleground. This year’s summit, held at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, and known in the jargon as cop27, was an appropriate mix of comedy and rancour. Problems with the catering left many delegates scrounging for sandwiches and bananas in between meetings and group calls. John Kerry, America’s chief negotiator, was stricken with covid-19 and was forced to negotiate from the isolation of his hotel room.

https://www.economist.com/international/2022/11/20/a-new-un-fund-for-loss-and-damage-emerges-from-cop27

EQUITY & DISPARITIES 

November 4, 2022: BOSTON — As the health and safety of trans and queer youth are jeopardized across the country, there were a few minutes of hope on Wednesday in Boston when Adm. Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and first transgender federal official confirmed by the U.S. Senate, visited the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth. https://www.statnews.com/2022/11/04/rachel-levine-on-gender-affirming-care/

WOMEN, MATERNAL, NEONATAL & CHILDREN’S HEALTH

November 23, 2022: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP strongholds may temper their efforts to deepen restrictions after poorer-than-expected results in the midterms.

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-11-23/after-midterms-states-weighing-abortion-protections-bans

POVERTY ALLEVIATION & ERADICATION

October 5, 2022: The world is unlikely to meet the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 absent history-defying rates of economic growth over the remainder of this decade, according to a new World Bank study. The study finds that COVID-19 dealt the biggest setback to global poverty-reduction efforts since 1990 and the war in Ukraine threatens to make matters worse. The Bank’s latest Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report provides the first comprehensive look at the global landscape of poverty in the aftermath of the extraordinary series of shocks to the global economy over the past few years. It estimates that the pandemic pushed about 70 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, the largest one-year increase since global poverty monitoring began in 1990. As a result, an estimated 719 million people subsisted on less than $2.15 a day by the end of 2020.

https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2022/10/05/global-progress-in-reducing-extreme-poverty-grinds-to-a-halt

HUMANITARIAN, NONPROFITS, FOUNDATIONS & NGOS

November 23, 2022: Project HOPE has a permanent presence in Indonesia through the Yayasan Project HOPE office which aims to transform lives and uplift communities by empowering health-care workers to teach and deliver innovative, lifesaving solutions, every day and in times of crisis. Led by our Emergency Response Staff in Indonesia, Project HOPE is engaging with an established network of partners in the region, many of whom have mobilized in response to the earthquake. These local network partners include the IBU Foundation, a humanitarian organization that focuses support on mothers and children, KUN Humanity System, a medical response organization that provides mobile medical units in remote environments, and Yayasan Wanadri, an outdoor organization that supports search and rescue efforts as well as provides first-aid. https://www.projecthope.org/cianjur-indonesia-earthquake-what-you-need-to-know/11/2022/

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