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WHO Report: Tuberculosis deaths rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Oct, 2021 | 02:30h | UTC

Tuberculosis deaths rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the COVID-19 pandemic – World Health Organization

Report: Global tuberculosis report 2021

Commentary: Tuberculosis deaths rise for 1st time in years, due to COVID – Associated Press

 

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Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018.

13 Oct, 2021 | 01:21h | UTC

Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018 – Nature Medicine

Invited commentary: Anemia in women — an intractable problem that requires innovative solutions – Nature Medicine

 


WHO report highlights global shortfall in investment in mental health.

10 Oct, 2021 | 21:39h | UTC

WHO report highlights global shortfall in investment in mental health – World Health Organization

Report: Mental Health ATLAS 2020 – World Health Organization

See also: World Mental Health Day 2021: Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality – World Health Organization

 

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WHO approves first ever malaria vaccine for children at risk.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:40h | UTC

WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk – World Health Organization

Commentaries:

WHO Approves First Ever Malaria Vaccine – Health Policy Watch

A historic day for malaria – reaction to WHO decision on the RTS,S vaccine – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

In major decision, WHO recommends broad rollout of world’s first malaria vaccine – STAT

Why the WHO approval of the first malaria vaccine is a big deal – Vox

WHO greenlights the world’s first malaria vaccine — but it’s not a perfect shot – NPR

The World Health Organization Just Endorsed The World’s First Malaria Vaccine – TIME

WHO Backs Widespread Use Of First Malaria Vaccine – Forbes

World’s 1st malaria vaccine recommended by WHO – LiveScience

 

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Systematic Review: Administration of antimalarial drugs to whole populations for reducing malaria.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:36h | UTC

Administration of antimalarial drugs to whole populations for reducing malaria – Cochrane Library

Original study: Mass drug administration for malaria – Cochrane Library

 

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The Lancet Commission: transforming access to diagnostics.

7 Oct, 2021 | 10:33h | UTC

News release: The Lancet: Half of the global population lack access to basic diagnostics for many common diseases

Video: Transforming access to diagnostics | The Lancet Commission on diagnostics

Homepage: The Lancet Commission on diagnostics: transforming access to diagnostics

The Lancet Commission on diagnostics: transforming access to diagnostics (free registration required)

Transforming access to diagnostics: how to turn good intentions into action? (free registration required)

Can COVID-19 help accelerate and transform the diagnostics agenda?

Availability of essential diagnostics in ten low-income and middle-income countries: results from national health facility surveys

Commentary: A Grim Diagnosis – Half The World’s Population Has Limited Access To Diagnostics – Forbes

Related:

WHO Updates Global Guidance on Medicines and Diagnostic Tests

The WHO Essential Diagnostic List: A Tool for the Future

Perspective: Health Care is an Essential Human Right – And So Is a Proper Diagnosis

Report: First-ever WHO List of Essential Diagnostic Tests

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Supplement: Triumphs of Vaccination.

6 Oct, 2021 | 08:55h | UTC

Homepage: Triumphs of Vaccination – The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Triumphs of Immunization

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Hib Vaccines: Their Impact on Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease

The Rotavirus Vaccine Story: From Discovery to the Eventual Control of Rotavirus Disease

Hepatitis B Vaccines

Triumph of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines: Overcoming a Common Foe

Rubella Eradication: Not Yet Accomplished, but Entirely Feasible

Human Papillomavirus Vaccines

Smallpox

Live Attenuated Varicella Vaccine: Prevention of Varicella and of Zoster

Immunization Against Poliomyelitis and the Challenges to Worldwide Poliomyelitis Eradication

Influenza Vaccines: Successes and Continuing Challenges

Measles in the 21st Century: Progress Toward Achieving and Sustaining Elimination

Herpes Zoster Vaccines

Overview of the United States’ Immunization Program

The World of Immunization: Achievements, Challenges, and Strategic Vision for the Next Decade

 


WHO prioritizes access to diabetes and cancer treatments in new Essential Medicines Lists.

3 Oct, 2021 | 22:46h | UTC

News Release: WHO prioritizes access to diabetes and cancer treatments in new Essential Medicines Lists – World Health Organization

Report: WHO model list of essential medicines – 22nd list, 2021 – World Health Organization

Commentary: For the first time, WHO committee recommends action on high-priced essential medicines – STAT

 

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WHO and partners call for urgent action on meningitis – New meningitis strategy aims to save more than 200,000 lives annually.

29 Sep, 2021 | 10:06h | UTC

News release: WHO and partners call for urgent action on meningitis – New meningitis strategy aims to save more than 200,000 lives annually – World Health Organization

See guidance: Defeating meningitis by 2030: a global road map – World Health Organization

Commentaries:

WHO Launches First Global Strategy to Eliminate Bacterial Meningitis by 2030 – Health Policy Watch

LSHTM joins WHO to call for urgent action on meningitis – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

 

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Global, regional, and national sex-specific burden and control of the HIV epidemic, 1990–2019, for 204 countries and territories: the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2019.

29 Sep, 2021 | 09:56h | UTC

Global, regional, and national sex-specific burden and control of the HIV epidemic, 1990–2019, for 204 countries and territories: the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2019 – The Lancet HIV

 

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Drug-resistant malaria is gaining a foothold in Africa – “Analyses of patient blood samples suggest artemisinin effectiveness is slipping”.

28 Sep, 2021 | 08:49h | UTC

Drug-resistant malaria is gaining a foothold in Africa – Science

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Essential Emergency and Critical Care: A consensus among global clinical experts.

22 Sep, 2021 | 10:07h | UTC

Essential Emergency and Critical Care: a consensus among global clinical experts – BMJ Global Health

News releases:

40 steps to reduce deaths from critical illness – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

40 simple steps to reduce deaths from critical illness – Karolisnka Institutet

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Editorial | Insulin for all: a hope yet to be realized.

16 Sep, 2021 | 09:59h | UTC

Insulin for all: a hope yet to be realized – The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

Related: One hundred years of insulin therapy.

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


How COVID is derailing the fight against HIV, TB and malaria.

15 Sep, 2021 | 09:01h | UTC

How COVID is derailing the fight against HIV, TB and malaria – Nature

Related:

How COVID hurt the fight against other dangerous diseases

World TB Day | Report: COVID-19 Eliminates Twelve Years of Progress Against Tuberculosis

WHO: Benefits of continuing to provide life-saving HIV services outweigh the risk of COVID-19 transmission by 100 to 1

 


Economic impact of tuberculosis mortality in 120 countries and the cost of not achieving the Sustainable Development Goals tuberculosis targets: a full-income analysis.

10 Sep, 2021 | 05:18h | UTC

Economic impact of tuberculosis mortality in 120 countries and the cost of not achieving the Sustainable Development Goals tuberculosis targets: a full-income analysis – The Lancet Global Health

Invited Commentary: The incalculable costs of tuberculosis

 

Commentaries on Twitter

 


Joint editorial: Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health.

6 Sep, 2021 | 10:58h | UTC

Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increases, Restore Biodiversity, and Protect Health – New England Journal of Medicine

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


RCT: Severe malaria among young African children dramatically reduced through seasonal vaccination and preventative drug combination.

1 Sep, 2021 | 09:02h | UTC

News release: Severe malaria among young African children dramatically reduced through seasonal vaccination and preventative drug combination – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Original article: Seasonal Malaria Vaccination with or without Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentary: Malaria trial shows ‘striking’ 70% reduction in severe illness in children – The Guardian

Related: Malaria vaccine becomes first to achieve WHO-specified 75% efficacy goal

 


Global, regional, and national estimates and trends in stillbirths from 2000 to 2019: a systematic assessment.

1 Sep, 2021 | 08:56h | UTC

Global, regional, and national estimates and trends in stillbirths from 2000 to 2019: a systematic assessment – The Lancet

 


Vaccines given in last 20 years could prevent 50 million deaths in LMICs.

12 Aug, 2021 | 08:43h | UTC

Vaccines given in last 20 years could prevent 50 million deaths in LMICs – Imperial College London

Original study: Lives saved with vaccination for 10 pathogens across 112 countries in a pre-COVID-19 world – eLife

 


Cluster RCT: Vaccination of children against typhoid fever with a Vi-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in urban Bangladesh conferred 85% total protection.

11 Aug, 2021 | 08:28h | UTC

Protection by vaccination of children against typhoid fever with a Vi-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in urban Bangladesh: a cluster-randomised trial – The Lancet

Invited commentary: Salmonella Typhi Vi polysaccharide conjugate vaccine protects infants and children against typhoid fever – The Lancet

 


WHO Guideline on the prevention of drowning through provision of day-care and basic swimming and water safety skills.

26 Jul, 2021 | 02:30h | UTC

WHO Guideline on the prevention of drowning through provision of day-care and basic swimming and water safety skills – World health Organization

See also: World Drowning Prevention Day 2021 (25 July)

News release: Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death – United Nations

Related:

AAP Technical Report | Prevention of Drowning.

The Burden of Unintentional Drowning: Global, Regional and National Estimates of Mortality from the Global Burden of Disease Study

Preventing drowning: an implementation guide – World Health Organization

Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer – World Health Organization

Report: Open Water Drowning and Risks for Children

Wilderness Medical Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment and Prevention of Drowning: 2019 Update – Wilderness and Environmental Medicine

 

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WHO: Vaccine inequity undermining global economic recovery.

23 Jul, 2021 | 10:53h | UTC

News release: Vaccine inequity undermining global economic recovery – World Health Organization

Dashboard: Global Dashboard for Vaccine Equity

Commentaries: Urgent need for COVID-19 vaccine equity – University of Oxford AND COVID-19 Vaccine Inequity Undermines Global Economic Recovery  – Health Policy Watch

 

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More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

21 Jul, 2021 | 10:52h | UTC

News release: More than 1.5 million children lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to the COVID-19 pandemic – NIH News Releases

Original study: Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19-associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers: a modelling study – The Lancet

Invited commentary: Answering the call to support youth orphaned by COVID-19 – The Lancet

Related: Covid-19 Has Created Thousands Of Newly Single Parents And Orphans

 

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WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:27h | UTC

WHO and UNICEF warn of a decline in vaccinations during COVID-19 – World Health Organization

See also: COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows – World Health Organization

Related: Millions of children worldwide missed routine vaccinations during the pandemic, study suggests.

 


Measuring routine childhood vaccination coverage in 204 countries and territories, 1980–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2020.

20 Jul, 2021 | 10:04h | UTC

Measuring routine childhood vaccination coverage in 204 countries and territories, 1980–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2020, Release 1 – The Lancet

Related: Millions of children worldwide missed routine vaccinations during the pandemic, study suggests.

 


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