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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

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


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.

 


WHO publishes new Consolidated HIV guidelines for prevention, treatment, service delivery & monitoring.

18 Jul, 2021 | 23:22h | UTC

WHO publishes new Consolidated HIV guidelines for prevention, treatment, service delivery & monitoring – World Health Organization

Guideline: Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, testing, treatment, service delivery and monitoring: recommendations for a public health approach – World Health Organization

 


Why aren’t diseases like HIV and malaria, which still kill millions of people a year, called pandemics? – “HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria shouldn’t be labeled as “just” epidemics or endemic. They are pandemics that have been beaten in rich countries”.

15 Jul, 2021 | 09:22h | UTC

Why aren’t diseases like HIV and malaria, which still kill millions of people a year, called pandemics? – STAT

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Report | Billions of people will lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2030 unless progress quadruples – warn WHO, UNICEF

2 Jul, 2021 | 11:10h | UTC

Billions of people will lack access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2030 unless progress quadruples – warn WHO, UNICEF – World Health Organization

Report: Progress on household drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene: Five years into the SDGs – World Health Organization

 

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CDC advisory panel backs use of dengue vaccine in high-risk areas, despite delivery challenges.

25 Jun, 2021 | 10:13h | UTC

CDC advisory panel backs use of dengue vaccine in high-risk areas, despite delivery challenges – STAT

 


WHO: Caesarean section rates continue to rise, amid growing inequalities in access.

18 Jun, 2021 | 08:23h | UTC

Caesarean section rates continue to rise, amid growing inequalities in access – World Health Organization

Original study: Trends and projections of caesarean section rates: global and regional estimates – BMJ Global Health

 

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Cluster-randomized trial: Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti (less susceptible than wild-type A. aegypti to dengue virus infection) deployments reduced the incidence of symptomatic dengue and resulted in fewer hospitalizations.

10 Jun, 2021 | 09:40h | UTC

Efficacy of Wolbachia-Infected Mosquito Deployments for the Control of Dengue – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentary: ‘Miraculous’ mosquito hack cuts dengue by 77% – BBC

Video Abstract: Efficacy of Wolbachia-infected Mosquito Deployments for the Control of Dengue

 


WHO issues new guidance for research on genetically modified mosquitoes to fight malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

10 Jun, 2021 | 09:38h | UTC

News release: WHO issues new guidance for research on genetically modified mosquitoes to fight malaria and other vector-borne diseases – World Health Organization

Guideline: The guidance framework for testing genetically modified mosquitoes – World Health Organization

 


Summary | WHO recommendations on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, 2020 update.

9 Jun, 2021 | 08:12h | UTC

World Health Organization recommendations on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, 2020 update – European Respiratory Review

Original Guideline: WHO Consolidated Guidelines on Tuberculosis, Module 4: Treatment – Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Opinion | Rich countries cornered COVID-19 vaccine doses. Four strategies to right a ‘scandalous inequity’.

27 May, 2021 | 08:29h | UTC

Rich countries cornered COVID-19 vaccine doses. Four strategies to right a ‘scandalous inequity’ – Science (a few articles per month are free)

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


RCT: Immediate “kangaroo mother care” improves survival in infants with low birth weight compared to conventional care with “kangaroo mother care” initiated after stabilization.

27 May, 2021 | 08:18h | UTC

Immediate “Kangaroo Mother Care” and Survival of Infants with Low Birth Weight – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentary: Immediate skin-to-skin contact after birth improves survival of pre-term babies – Karolisnka Institutet

Related: RCT: Community-initiated kangaroo mother care reduced the risk of moderate-to-severe maternal postpartum depressive symptoms among mothers of low-birth-weight infants in low-income areas in India AND WHO: New research highlights risks of separating newborns from mothers during COVID-19 pandemic AND Randomized Trial: Kangaroo Mother Care Improves Survival of Infants with Low Birthweight

 


The state of diabetes treatment coverage in 55 low-income and middle-income countries – fewer than one in ten people with diabetes in LMICs receive comprehensive care such as low-cost medicines to reduce blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, in addition to counseling on diet, exercise and weight.

24 May, 2021 | 08:18h | UTC

The state of diabetes treatment coverage in 55 low-income and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional study of nationally representative, individual-level data in 680 102 adults – The Lancet Health Longevity

Commentary: Vast under-treatment of diabetes seen in global study – Michigan Medicine

 


New WHO report highlights global progress on reducing HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections and signals need for renewed efforts to reach 2030 targets.

21 May, 2021 | 08:33h | UTC

News Release: New report highlights global progress on reducing HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections and signals need for renewed efforts to reach 2030 targets

Original report: Global progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2021 – World Health Organization

 

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Systematic review: Paying for performance to improve the delivery of health interventions in low‐ and middle‐income countries.

19 May, 2021 | 08:19h | UTC

Paying for performance to improve the delivery of health interventions in low‐ and middle‐income countries – Cochrane Library

Summary: Paying for performance to improve the delivery of health interventions in LMICs

 


COVID-19 oxygen needs in low- and middle-income countries have tripled in just three months – where are solutions?

12 May, 2021 | 08:43h | UTC

COVID-19 Oxygen Needs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Have Tripled in Just Three Months – Where are Solutions? – Health Policy Watch

 


Drugs tested in low- and middle-income countries are often not available for use in these countries even after a few years.

10 May, 2021 | 00:54h | UTC

Evaluation of Drug Trials in High-, Middle-, and Low-Income Countries and Local Commercial Availability of Newly Approved Drugs – JAMA Network Open

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Practice changing | A four-month rifapentine regiment with moxifloxacin is noninferior to the standard 6-month regimen in the treatment of tuberculosis.

6 May, 2021 | 08:56h | UTC

Four-Month Rifapentine Regimens with or without Moxifloxacin for Tuberculosis – New England Journal of Medicine

Commentary: Four-month TB treatment matches six-month standard of care – Aidsmap

 


WHO: New report sounds the alarm on global shortage of 900 000 midwives.

6 May, 2021 | 08:45h | UTC

New report sounds the alarm on global shortage of 900 000 midwives – World Health Organization

Report: The State of the World’s Midwifery 2021 – UN sexual and reproductive health agency

 

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RCT: Community-initiated kangaroo mother care reduced the risk of moderate-to-severe maternal postpartum depressive symptoms among mothers of low-birth-weight infants in low-income areas in India

5 May, 2021 | 08:21h | UTC

Effect of Community-Initiated Kangaroo Mother Care on Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Stress Among Mothers of Low-Birth-Weight Infants: A Randomized Clinical Trial – JAMA Network Open

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Opinion | The world could be doing much more to help India: Countries can’t go it alone in tackling Covid-19

30 Apr, 2021 | 08:16h | UTC

The world could be doing much more to help India – Vox

See also: WHO provides update on India’s surging epidemic second wave and variant B.1.617 – Science Speaks: Global ID News AND People Are Talking About A ‘Double Mutant’ Variant In India. What Does That Mean? – NPR AND WHO says India COVID crisis could ‘happen anywhere’ – MedicalXpress AND India’s COVID-19 Crisis Is Spiraling Out of Control. It Didn’t Have to Be This Way – TIME

 


Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi

27 Apr, 2021 | 08:41h | UTC

Immunization services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi – World Health Organization

Related report: Disability considerations for COVID-19 vaccination: WHO and UNICEF policy brief, 19 April 2021 – World Health Organization

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


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

25 Apr, 2021 | 21:17h | UTC

News release: Malaria vaccine becomes first to achieve WHO-specified 75% efficacy goal – University of Oxford

Original study (preprint): High Efficacy of a Low Dose Candidate Malaria Vaccine, R21 in 1 Adjuvant Matrix-M™, with Seasonal Administration to Children in Burkina Faso – The Lancet

Commentaries: Malaria vaccine hailed as potential breakthrough – BBC AND Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial – The Guardian

 

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