GBCHealth’s weekly download on the latest in global health.

  • Combatting Ebola Outbreak with a New Vaccine

    Combatting Ebola Outbreak with a New Vaccine

    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
  • Drug Resistant Typhoid, the Current Face of Antimicrobial Resistance

    Drug Resistant Typhoid, the Current Face of Antimicrobial Resistance

    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
  • Graduation: a milestone to applaud or cause for concern?

    Graduation: a milestone to applaud or cause for concern?

    In our latest newsletter, we wrote an insights piece on transitional funding and how countries, and specifically the health of people living in these countries, are affected by the process. On March 15, the United Nations announced that four countries would soon graduate from the list of least developed countries (LCDs). The countries are Bhutan, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands and ... Read More
  • Nature-Based Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

    Nature-Based Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity

    Every year, World Water Day brings attention to the dilemma of water scarcity and the importance of sustainably managing fresh water resources. Now more than ever, it is essential to pave the way for innovative solutions in water management. In the recently published UN World Water Development Report, Audrey Azoulay, Head of UNESCO said that “5 billion people will be ... Read More
  • Beating Vaccine Skepticism

    Beating Vaccine Skepticism

    As people travel they spread infectious diseases. While rates have gone down, greater interconnectedness and mobility has increased the difficulty of predicting and preventing outbreaks. Over the past few years, the global health community has battled epidemics like Ebola and Zika. Currently, Brazil is in the midst of its worst Yellow Fever outbreak in decades and health workers are struggling ... Read More
  • Financial Inclusion for a Healthier World

    Financial Inclusion for a Healthier World

    We are currently experiencing an unprecedented global movement for women’s equality. With efforts like #MeToo, International Women’s Day and the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women the world is giving due attention to issues affecting women. A recent study by BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation found that closing the gender gap in women’s access to financial products and ... Read More
  • Progress Towards a Zika-Free Future

    Progress Towards a Zika-Free Future

    Less than two years after the Zika virus was linked to congenital birth defects such as microcephaly, vaccine candidates are undergoing Phase I trials. The Lancet reported on promising candidates in an article late last year. The formalin inactivated virus vaccine is a proven technology and has been used against polio since the 1950s. In Phase I, this particular vaccine ... Read More
  • Africa Business and Investment Forum Recap

    Africa Business and Investment Forum Recap

    On January 30th, Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) held the Africa Business and Investment Forum alongside the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the forum, private and public sector leaders gathered to discuss measures in support of private-sector led growth in Africa. Roundtable discussions were held on trade, energy, ... Read More
  • Looking at the GLASS Half Full: Hope Stems from AMR Surveillance System

    Looking at the GLASS Half Full: Hope Stems from AMR Surveillance System

    Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) has gained much traction over the past few years and yesterday marks the release of the first report by the Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS). The report revealed widespread AMR across 22 countries. It found that bacteria resistant to at least one common antibiotic was as high as 82% in some countries. “Some of the world’s most ... Read More
  • The Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

    The Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

    Weight gain has been accelerating across the globe due to a myriad of factors including a growing economy, fast food expansion and a shift towards more sedentary living. Worldwide, 39% of adults were overweight and 13% were obese in 2016. Since obesity rates are not disbursed equally throughout the world, some countries (like the U.S.) are noted for carrying more ... Read More
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