Children run as an agent of the National Institute of Public Hygiene carries out fumigation in the Anyama district of Abidjan,Ivory Coast.
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A warming climate may change the types of viruses that thrive. A new report suggests that the threat of malaria may be replaced by dengue, for which there is no treatment and no cure.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is arguably the world's best-placed agency to fight COVID-19. But it's been cut out of the loop, and pandemic data will now go straight to the White House.
Indian health workers doing health checks in Mumbai, June 17, 2020.
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The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.
The actions of one country cannot be allowed to undermine decades of multilateral efforts to improve the health and well-being of all peoples of the world.
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The decision to authorise a WHO investigation into the origins of the coronavirus is only a partial vindication for nations keen to hold China to account. But it will help strengthen global health measures.
A woman wearing a mask walks with empty cart in Guangzhou, China.
In time of crisis like today, instead of blaming one another, countries should foster international cooperation.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: at the helm of the WHO at a difficult time.
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The Trump administration has halted funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. But what does it actually do with its budget?
Iraqi policemen get haircuts at a checkpoint in Mosul in April.
There is no responsibility to protect people from pandemics – but the world must still safeguard those at risk of mass atrocities.
Commuters outside Nairobi Railway Station wash their hands before entering the train station as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
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Health literacy is the degree to which people can get, understand and use basic health information to make decisions about health issues.
Vaccines were an effective way of protecting against the deadly disease.
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Smallpox is the only disease to be eradicated through sustained human effort. Many of these volunteers were women who defied social norms to save lives in India.
There is growing awareness of the negative impact of ‘parachute research’.
Global health researchers, funders and journals are not walking the talk on equity, diversity and inclusion.
If countries commit to universal health coverage alone, they will be emphasizing disease management over investing in wellness.
The UN's global health policy related to universal health coverage should be grounded in primary health care -- with meaningful benchmarks to ensure patient participation.
High income country trainees and experts must learn to listen and be humble.
High-income country experts and institutions are valued more than expertise in low- and middle-income countries.
A look at key data shows that the world is much better off today than ever before in history.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials.
(The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.
The diphtheria vaccine is safe and effective.
International outbreaks of the almost-forgotten disease diphtheria and pockets of low immunisation coverage put Australians at risk of catching the disease.
Caregivers need to be educated on the importance of routine nutrition screening and interventions.
South Africa must ensure that healthcare workers understand the importance of nutrition and that they transfer the correct messages to caregivers.
A Liberian burial team during the world’s biggest Ebola outbreak in 2014.
The response to the latest ebola outbreak in the DRC has been rapid, well coordinated and well resourced.
A prisoner looks out a window on March 26, 2015, from Zhdanivskaya prison in Ukraine, were TB is rampant.
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World TB Day will be observed March 24, with the good news that deaths from tuberculosis are declining. But a trend toward confining those with TB threatens to stall advances.
Some tropical diseases can be treated with very inexpensive daily treatments yet remain common.
A cure for many tropical diseases was discovered 30 years ago this month. The drug is donated by its manufacturer. Why are we still dealing with neglected tropical diseases?