Progress Towards a Zika-Free Future

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Less than two years after the Zika virus was linked to congenital birth defects such as microcephaly, vaccine candidates are undergoing Phase I trials. The Lancet reported on promising candidates in an article late last year. The formalin inactivated virus vaccine is a proven technology and has been used against polio since the 1950s. In Phase I, this particular vaccine … Read More

Alyssa GovindanProgress Towards a Zika-Free Future

Africa Business and Investment Forum Recap

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

On January 30th, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) held the Africa Business and Investment Forum alongside the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the forum, private and public sector leaders gathered to discuss measures in support of private-sector led growth in Africa. Roundtable discussions were held on trade, energy, … Read More

Alyssa GovindanAfrica Business and Investment Forum Recap

Looking at the GLASS Half Full: Hope Stems from AMR Surveillance System

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has gained much traction over the past few years and yesterday marks the release of the first report by the Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS). The report revealed widespread AMR across 22 countries. It found that bacteria resistant to at least one common antibiotic was as high as 82% in some countries. “Some of the world’s most … Read More

Alyssa GovindanLooking at the GLASS Half Full: Hope Stems from AMR Surveillance System

The Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Weight gain has been accelerating across the globe due to a myriad of factors including a growing economy, fast food expansion and a shift towards more sedentary living. Worldwide, 39% of adults were overweight and 13% were obese in 2016. Since obesity rates are not disbursed equally throughout the world, some countries (like the U.S.) are noted for carrying more … Read More

Alyssa GovindanThe Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

On the Road to Reducing Traffic Incidents

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

The World Bank Group recently released a report evaluating the economic cost of road traffic injuries (RTIs), especially in developing countries. Out of the 1.25 million deaths that occur on the world’s roads every year, 90% are in LMICs. While road accidents are emotionally traumatic and tragic, they also pose a broader financial burden on countries. Reducing road traffic injuries … Read More

Alyssa GovindanOn the Road to Reducing Traffic Incidents

Egypt’s Leap Towards Universal Health Care

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Egypt recently approved a new universal health coverage law that will expand healthcare to the entire population, including the roughly 30% who could not previously afford it. The new scheme will set fees based on an individual’s income level. Although participation will be required, those in the lowest socio-economic bracket will be covered by the state. Additional funding will be … Read More

Alyssa GovindanEgypt’s Leap Towards Universal Health Care

What’s more extreme than extreme poverty?

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

No, the answer is not base jumping, it’s ultra-poverty. In a world of growing inequality between rich and poor, the global community is prioritizing ending poverty in all its forms everywhere with the first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 1). Over the last few decades, much of the progress toward ending extreme poverty stemmed from boosting those closest to the poverty … Read More

Alyssa GovindanWhat’s more extreme than extreme poverty?

Remember when 100 healthy volunteers swallowed live typhoid bacteria?

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Well, the vaccine being tested during that trial, Typbar TCV, the world’s first conjugate typhoid vaccine, has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2016 alone, there were an estimated 130,000 deaths from typhoid. As the potential for antimicrobial resistance increases, so too does the incidence of multi-drug resistant typhoid. This vaccine gives hope to those working to … Read More

Alyssa GovindanRemember when 100 healthy volunteers swallowed live typhoid bacteria?

Haifa hospital: A case for a multisector approach to UHC everywhere

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

While UHC Day (December 21, 2017) brought attention to the need for access to affordable, quality care for people everywhere, a recent Devex article looks at how Universal Health Care (UHC) has been applied to one Beirut hospital serving mostly Palestinian and Syrian refugees. The Haifa Hospital is run by Palestine Red Crescent Society and is fairly modest with 40 … Read More

Alyssa GovindanHaifa hospital: A case for a multisector approach to UHC everywhere

Diphtheria making a comeback in conflict areas

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Diphtheria is an infectious, bacterial disease which affects the throat and upper airways. in the past, the disease has disproportionally affected children but mortality rates dropped severely following the widespread introduction of a vaccine in the 1930s. The disease is airborne, spreading easily through a cough or sneeze. A recent article by NPR’s Goats & Soda discusses the rise of … Read More

Alyssa GovindanDiphtheria making a comeback in conflict areas