Addressing misuse of antibiotics in animals to tackle resistance in humans

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Ushering in World Antibiotics Awareness Week, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its guidelines on preventing the misuse of antibiotics in farm animals. The WHO report called on farmers to halt the use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals in an attempt to preserve medicines for human use. As more research is undertaken on the … Read More

Alyssa GovindanAddressing misuse of antibiotics in animals to tackle resistance in humans

On Cusp of World Pneumonia Day, Experts Call for Acceleration of Health Technologies

Ian MatthewsNews Around Global Health

Pneumonia is a leading killer of children, accounting for 16% of all deaths of kids under-five even though it is preventable. A child dies from pneumonia every 35 seconds. In response, UNICEF partnered with Spain’s “la Caixa” Banking Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to host an event on November 3rd to discuss technological advances to fight pneumonia. … Read More

Ian MatthewsOn Cusp of World Pneumonia Day, Experts Call for Acceleration of Health Technologies

Addressing Malnutrition in Vulnerable Areas

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

At a time when so many areas require more resources to meet SDG targets, the Global Nutrition Summit held in Milan last week sheds a light on what’s needed to accelerate the global response to malnutrition. A total of US$640 million in new funding was announced at the Summit. The Governments of Cote d’Ivoire, El Salvador and Madagascar, as well … Read More

Alyssa GovindanAddressing Malnutrition in Vulnerable Areas

Environmental health on the agenda at this year’s climate change conference

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

In the lead up to Cop23, the annual United Nations’ climate change conference, global health and climate change leaders from around the world are preparing for discussions on implementing the health aspects of the Paris Agreement. The conference will run from November 6-17 in Bonn, Germany. This year, the conference will dedicate a high-level event to the discussion of environmental … Read More

Alyssa GovindanEnvironmental health on the agenda at this year’s climate change conference

Tuberculosis is top infectious killer despite significant progress

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

This past Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global tuberculosis (TB) report for 2017. The report documents a roller-coaster of successes and failures in the effort to combat TB. While 53 million lives have been saved since 2000, the disease remains the world’s leading infectious killer. Director-General, Dr. Tedros calls for a different approach, one that parallels action … Read More

Alyssa GovindanTuberculosis is top infectious killer despite significant progress

Strategy and partnerships are needed to gain ground on NCDs

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

A recent article published by the Lancet addresses the reasons behind a lack of results in non-communicable disease (NCD) reduction despite awareness and appetite for change, arguing that without a clear strategy, NCDs will persist and become even more common throughout the world. NCDs create a heavy economic burden and have a notorious reputation of furthering poverty due to high … Read More

Alyssa GovindanStrategy and partnerships are needed to gain ground on NCDs

Progress, not perfection, in the fight to end child marriage

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

A press release from UNICEF on October 23, 2017 outlines how far we’ve come and how far we have to go in the fight to end child marriage. Despite progress made over the past two decades, it will take 100 years to end child marriage in West & Central Africa at the current rate of decline. Due to Africa’s rapid … Read More

Alyssa GovindanProgress, not perfection, in the fight to end child marriage