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March 17th, 2022: The Biden administration wants the World Health Organization to improve global equity in the next public health emergency by pushing manufacturers to voluntarily share their products and technology. 

March 17th, 2022: The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed unprecedented health and economic crises that put trade relations among countries under stress. A rush to secure essential supplies in the pandemic’s early stages prompted much hand-wringing over global interdependence and how it could undermine nascent efforts to respond to a once-in-a-century shock. Yet, two years on, the trading system has not only proved itself more resilient than many expected, but it has also emerged as a crucial ally in the fight against the pandemic. 

March 17th, 2022: The dean of Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, M.D., a globally recognized expert on pandemic preparedness and response, will take leave for a temporary assignment to serve as the next White House coronavirus response coordinator.  In succeeding Jeffrey Zients, Jha will lead the response of the entire U.S. government to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also advancing the nation’s global health priorities and policies. 

March 16th, 2022: Indonesia is calling on the International Monetary Fund to take on the role of preparing finances for the next global health emergency. 

March 9th, 2022: Just as a large swath of the American public, 62%, said that the worst of the pandemic was behind us, nearly half were worried about easing covid-related restrictions — like indoor masking — too soon. The poll, conducted in February, found that 49% of adults were either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that lifting pandemic restrictions would cause more virus-related deaths in their communities.  About 50% were “not too worried” or “not at all worried” that death tolls would rise in their communities. 

March 7th, 2022: Just as a large swath of the American public, 62%, said that the worst of the pandemic was behind us, nearly half were worried about easing covid-related restrictions — like indoor masking — too soon. The poll, conducted in February, found that 49% of adults were either “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that lifting pandemic restrictions would cause more virus-related deaths in their communities. About 50% were “not too worried” or “not at all worried” that death tolls would rise in their communities. 

March 3rd, 2022: Top U.S. federal health officials said Thursday that they intended to begin offering low and middle-income nations access to the technology developed by government scientists that might be used to prevent or treat COVID-19. 


March 8th, 2022: USAID announces $150 million to stimulate and accelerate the development of vaccines and other countermeasures against biological threats


October 27th, 2016: This PrimeView highlights the complex nature of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. 

October 26th, 2009: Renewed efforts in tuberculosis (TB) research have led to important new insights into the biology and epidemiology of this devastating disease. Yet, in the face of the modern epidemics of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and multidrug resistance—all of which contribute to susceptibility to TB—global control of the disease will remain a formidable challenge for years to come. 


April 1st, 2022: Scientists at Northwestern Medicine are using new advances in CRISPR gene-editing technology to uncover new biology that could lead to longer-lasting treatments and new therapeutic strategies for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). 

March 30th, 2022: Spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant, which led to increased U.S. hospitalizations for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), generated concern about immune evasion and the duration of protection from vaccines in children and adolescents. 

September 17th, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread disruptions to tuberculosis (TB) care and service delivery in 2020, setting back progress in the fight against TB by several years. 

May 1st, 2021: Nature waded through the literature on the coronavirus — and summarized key papers as they appeared. 

June 21st, 2018: By studying rats in a smarter way, scientists are finally learning something useful about why some drinkers become addicted and others don’t. 


March 29th, 2022: A sub-variant of the highly transmissible Omicron version of coronavirus known as BA.2 is now dominant worldwide, prompting surges in many countries in Europe and Asia and raising concern over the potential for a new wave in the United States. 

March 24th, 2022: Each year we commemorate World Tuberculosis Day to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. 

March 9th, 2022: Almost 500 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since March 2020 and new variants are still a threat. This Friday marks two years since the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized the global spread of COVID-19 as a pandemic. 

March 4th, 2022: According to recent data, more than one billion people worldwide are obese, including 650 million adults, 340 million adolescents and 39 million children. With the numbers still increasing, WHO estimates that by 2025, approximately 167 million people will become less healthy because they are overweight or obese. 


March 8th, 2022: Prime Minister Boris Johnson today announced that DIOSynVax, a biotech spinout of the University of Cambridge, will receive $42 million to develop a vaccine candidate that could provide protection against both existing and future variants of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – as well as other major coronaviruses, including those that cause SARS and MERS. 


March 8th, 2022: An under-researched field exploring the intersection of pollution and mental health is gaining momentum as evidence mounts that environmental pollutants damage every organ in our bodies—including our brains.   

March 2nd, 2022: Heads of State, environment ministers and other representatives from 175 nations, endorsed a historic resolution at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday to end plastic pollution, and forge an international legally binding agreement, by the end of 2024. 


March 10th, 2022: The World Health Organization’s new Global Health Facilities Database will be a key resource to help countries provide access to healthcare services for all populations.  The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed urgent gaps in countries’ current ability to locate health facilities, impeding progress to provide equitable access to therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccinations through the ACT-Accelerator and other initiatives. 

March 10th, 2022: We still do not have the full picture of the nature and spread of COVID-19 in many low- and middle-income countries. What we do know is that their general population remains largely unvaccinated and susceptible to new variants, a situation that is exacerbated where there is rising conflict and population migration. 

March 7th, 2022: People in poorer countries are still waiting for vaccines, but the leaders of global health organizations have a new priority: preparing for the next pandemic. 


March 30th, 2022: Research provides potential treatment opportunities for chorioamnionitis.

March 29th, 2022: A major new study in Radiology shows that artificial intelligence (AI) is a promising tool for breast cancer detection in screening mammography programs.

March 28th, 2022: Use of disinfectants by pregnant women may be a risk factor for asthma and eczema in their children, finds a population study, published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.


March 15th, 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.\ 

March 8th, 2022: RIT and the Global Health Association @ RIT are partnering with humanitarian organization InterVol in an urgent donation drive to aid the people of Ukraine affected by the Russian invasion. 

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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.


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. 

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. 


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. 

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. 

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.

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.

March 11th: Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report


January 7th: High-dose rifamycins in the treatment of TB: a systematic review and meta-analysis 

January 25th: Identification of Key Determinants of Cerebral Malaria Development and Inhibition Pathways

January 28th: HIV and SARS-CoV-2: Tracing a Path of Vaccine Research and Development

February 9th: Researchers confirm newly developed inhaled vaccine delivers broad protection against SARS-CoV-2, variants of concern 

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 

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


Chagas disease is a parasitic, systemic, and chronic disease caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, with risk factors strongly link to low socioeconomic factors.

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.

June 11th, 2021: Cardiovascular Diseases

December 7th, 2021: Countries with regulations protecting people from industrially produced trans fat tripled over the past year 

February 4th: 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


March 2nd: Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness against the Omicron (B.1.1.529) Variant


February 28th: Scientists: US needs to support a strong global agreement to curb plastic pollution                         

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                     

February 3rd: Strapped for Time and Resources: Fighting Stroke in 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                 

February 16th: The Center for Global Health Innovation Announces Award of $9.8 Million Grant to Address Vaccine Hesitancy in 7 States 


February 1st: Zika Virus in Children

February 22nd: Adolescent psychological well-being tied to adult risk of cardiovascular disease, study finds.

February 23rd: Targeted by Politicians, Trans Youth Struggle With Growing Fear and Mental Health Concerns

March 3rd: California Could OK Abortions by Solo Nurse Practitioners


Time to go big: Promoting an equitable economic recovery

Improving monitoring capacity in humanitarian and fragile settings in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO 

A Call to Action: Addressing The Ukraine and Ethiopia Wars

Dear Colleagues,

A group of concerned public health professionals has mobilized to raise awareness about and urge expedited advocacy action to end the Ukraine war and serve as a reminder of the ongoing Ethiopian war and the war crimes and crimes against humanity underway in that country since November 2020–in both armed conflicts leading to attacks on health facilities and healthcare and aid workers, numerous deaths, internal and external displacement, gender-based violence, and dire famine. We seek your assistance in advocating with your U.S. House and Senate representatives as described in the attached Call to Action containing action recommendations and related policies of APHA and the World Federation of Public Health Associations. In addition, attached are several recent UNICEF statements on Children in War, Lancet articles pertinent to extant conditions that justify concerted and collaborative action at this time, and a summary of a recent Medical University of South Carolina Symposium on war as a public health crisis with speakers’ abstracts covering wars in progress throughout the world.


A ‘team’ of individual American Public Health Association (APHA) members from the Global Maternal and Child Health Network and International Section, including  representing a wide range of public health, healthcare, human rights, law, ethics, peace building, higher education, research, public policy and international development professionals, seek your advocacy support to end the Russian Federation invasion of Ukraine and comparable war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ethiopia. We serve in a range of capacities in APHA Sections and similar professional/scientific associations. We contribute our voices and endorsement of recommendations stated herein as individual professionals, not as the official policy of those organizations for which we volunteer. We have drawn our actions, however, from consensus-derived, adopted APHA policies that speak to mitigating and addressing the cross-sectoral, public health manifestations of war.

Thank you in advance for the myriad of efforts underway by so many, as well as for your support and advocacy actions to address the dire, man-made armed conflict circumstances facing innocent children, women, vulnerable populations, and all the people standing up to those conducting destructive attacks for immoral and inhumane purposes.

Consortium of Universities of Global Health Conference

Are you interested in global health and public health education? If you haven’t already registered for the Consortium of Universities of Global Health upcoming conference, you should look into their 2022 Virtual Conference, “Healthy People, Healthy Planet, and Social Justice” from March 28th to April 1st.