Innovations in Global Health: ALIMA Empowers Mothers to Detect Child Malnutrition

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In recent years, the Sahel, a semi-arid region in West Africa, has faced numerous food crises, caused mainly by ongoing and escalating conflicts, population displacement, poor rainfall, failed harvests and severe poverty. According to UNICEF, in 2018, nearly 1.6 million children in this region will require treatment for severe acute malnutrition, many with complications that require hospitalization. Typically, it has … Read More

Alyssa GovindanInnovations in Global Health: ALIMA Empowers Mothers to Detect Child Malnutrition

Insights: Pandemic Threat May Open Doors for Human Challenge Trials

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Along with the impacts of climate change and increased globalization comes an increase in infectious diseases. Warmer temperatures allow for easier transmission of vector-borne diseases (VBDs) which means that regions that are typically cooler are now getting warmer, allowing for carriers of diseases to thrive. In fact, if global temperatures rise even two to three degrees Celsius, the population at … Read More

Alyssa GovindanInsights: Pandemic Threat May Open Doors for Human Challenge Trials

Opinion: A Whole-of-Government, Whole-of Society Approach Needed to Tackle NCDs

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The power of partnerships in promoting a virtuous circle of growth and health By Henry Ashworth Preparations continue for a High-Level Meeting at the United Nations in September, which will focus on action needed to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The UN has rightly called for a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to tackling NCDs. All of us can – and should – … Read More

Alyssa GovindanOpinion: A Whole-of-Government, Whole-of Society Approach Needed to Tackle NCDs

First List of Essential Diagnostics Could Make a Big Impact

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a Model List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics. The list contains approximately 115 lab tests that the WHO believes should be provided under every health care system.  Because testing varies so greatly from country to country, experts hope this list will help standardize how diagnoses are made across the globe. Late and … Read More

Alyssa GovindanFirst List of Essential Diagnostics Could Make a Big Impact

New Device Tests Blood at a Fraction of the Time and Cost of a Lab

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

A new device named “Lab on Chip” has been developed in Canada and can test blood samples on the spot for measles and rubella. Researchers are hopeful that the device will soon be able to test for a wide range of infectious diseases. Taking advantage of the technology known as microfluidics, the device is able to move a drop of … Read More

Alyssa GovindanNew Device Tests Blood at a Fraction of the Time and Cost of a Lab

Combatting Ebola Outbreak with a New Vaccine

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is currently experiencing its 9th outbreak of Ebola since first detection of the virus in 1976. This outbreak is believed to have started in early April in the town of Bikoro and has already infected 32, killing 18. Health officers are determined to contain the outbreak rapidly, fearing it will spread. Dr. Tedros Adhanom, … Read More

Alyssa GovindanCombatting Ebola Outbreak with a New Vaccine

Drug Resistant Typhoid, the Current Face of Antimicrobial Resistance

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A strain of typhoid that is currently spreading through Pakistan is resistant to five different antibiotics, more than any previous outbreak. So far there have been 850 cases across 14 districts since 2016. The strain is expected to disseminate globally and replace weaker strains. Only azithromycin has been identified as a successful treatment. Pakistan is no stranger to Typhoid outbreaks, … Read More

Alyssa GovindanDrug Resistant Typhoid, the Current Face of Antimicrobial Resistance

Insights: Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet Reflects on Merck for Mothers’ Efforts and What’s Next

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We sat down with Merck for Mothers Executive Director, Dr. Mary Ann-Etiebet, to hear about the progress that has been made, why she joined the company last year, and what’s next for the global initiative. Can you give a brief explanation of Merck for Mothers and the initiative’s goals? Merck for Mothers is our company’s $500 million global initiative to … Read More

Alyssa GovindanInsights: Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet Reflects on Merck for Mothers’ Efforts and What’s Next

Partner Spotlight: Documentary Minutes to Die Reveals Global Snakebite Crisis

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“No person should be condemned to a life of poverty simply because they were unfortunate enough to have been bitten by a snake,” says Dr. David Williams, a scientist featured in the documentary film Minutes to Die. Yet that’s happening to many people across Sub-Saharan Africa, India, and other tropical and sub-tropical regions, where the cost of antivenom treatment can … Read More

Alyssa GovindanPartner Spotlight: Documentary Minutes to Die Reveals Global Snakebite Crisis

Innovations in Global Health: PfSPZ Vaccine: the Way Forward for Malaria Elimination

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During the past 15 years malaria control programs using insecticide impregnated bednets, indoor spraying of residual insecticides, and case management have significantly reduced the morbidity and mortality caused by malaria.  However, in 2016, there were still 216 million cases of malaria and an estimated 445,000 deaths worldwide, with over 90% occurring in Sub-Saharan Africa. Recognizing that the current toolkit is … Read More

Alyssa GovindanInnovations in Global Health: PfSPZ Vaccine: the Way Forward for Malaria Elimination