| | |

"World Health Minute" 9 May, 2017

News Highlights
Italy measles cases up amid anti-vax mood Italy recorded 1,920 cases of the deadly measles virus in the first four months of the year, a 523% increase from the same period a year earlier. The news came as the Five Star Movement defended itself from accusations of actively campaigning on an anti-vaccination platform. Some 88% of the people who contracted measles were unvaccinated, and 73% were aged 15 or above, the ministry of health said. Leading M5S officials have publicised fraudulent studies suggesting that vaccines can be harmful and may cause autism and have campaigned against compulsory vaccination
`Silent killer` affects 13 million Thais At least 13m Thais have suffered from hypertension for years with many not realising they had the condition, Thai health experts said. Hypertension contributes to a four times higher risk of brain blood vessel diseases and twice the risk of heart muscle paralysis, according to information released by the World Health Organization
Sana’a Reels From Cholera Cases More than 200 cholera cases have been reported in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as contaminated water and poor sanitation have led to a sharp rise in transmission of the deadly disease. Nurses at Jumhouri Hospital in Sana’a said they’ve received more than 200 patients with cholera in the last few days, two died as they were in bad shape when they arrived. WHO reported that 25 people have died of cholera in the last week. Albawaba reports that Yemeni hospitals are at breaking point due to the cholera epidemic 
Preparedness, surveillance and response
MT investiga 5 casos de febre amarela
The Brazilian ministry of health indicated that there have been 3,131 suspected yellow fever cases since last December, with 715 cases confirmed, 827 cases under investigation and 1,589 were rejected as yellow fever cases. Of the 392 probable deaths, 240 have been confirmed as yellow fever, 39 are still under investigation and 113 discarded  
Dengue in Hanoi up 45 percent, Environmental sanitation campaign to launch
Dengue in Hanoi is up 45%, the government is planning to launch an environmental sanitation campaign to combat the mosquitoes. As of the end of April dengue fever cases were in 173 communes, wards and towns across the 26 districts, an increase of 45% over a year earlier. Ho Chi Minh city has also recorded 19 cases of Zika
A 45 suben casos de dengue en el sur
The southern region of Peru has seen a jump in the number of confirmed dengue cases in recent days with 45 confirmed cases. Most of these are to be found in the Nuevo Chimbote district, health authorities are working to contain the outbreak
Paraguay registra 175 casos de dengue, 4 de chikunguña y 2 de probable zika informó el Ministerio de Salud
On top of the 175 recorded cases of dengue, the health ministry said there were 361 people suspected to have dengue and the outbreaks are strongest in the Boqueron, Paraguari and Central districts. On top of the two confirmed zika cases there are 94 probable cases
Aumentan casos de zika, chikungunya y dengue en Costa Rica
Costa Rican ministry of health data reveal 142 cases of Zika confirmed in the first 13 weeks of 2017, with a possible 686 further cases. In the same period authorities saw 122 cases of chikungunya, far lower than a year earlier. Figures for dengue were down to 940 confirmed cases out of 6,396 possible cases in the first 90 days of the year. This is down from 22,361 cases last year
Aumentan a 15 las víctimas por dengue en Piura. La última es una gestante
According to Peruvian health authorities the total number of dengue cases has risen to 10,368 of which 1,734 have been confirmed. It also added that 383 health service sector workers had contracted dengue
Registros de dengue voltam a crescer no Estado
The state of Mato Grosso said there were 6,128 cases of dengue by the end of April and around 50 new cases a day. In comparison with earlier years the incidences are now starting to decline in some places, but as far as the districts of Cuiaba and Varzea Grande are concerned, the numbers are still rising, according to health authorities
Ecuador reporta 400 mujeres embarazadas contagiadas por virus de zika
A total of 400 pregnant Ecuadorian women have contracted the zika virus since April last year, according to the health minister, Veronica Espinosa. There have also been nine cases of vertical transmission from mother to baby and three microcephaly instances linked to the virus
Côte d`Ivoire : un cas de dengue enregistré pour la première fois à Abidjan
Ivory Coast – A case of dengue type 3 has been found in Abidjan for the first time, according to health authorities, who announced plans to take rigorous measures to stop the spread. There are a further seventeen suspected cases under investigation
Mexico reports H7N3 bird flu outbreak on commercial farm: OIE
Mexico has reported an outbreak of H7N3 bird flu virus on a farm in the state of Jalisco, the World Organization for Animal Health announced, citing a report from Mexico’s agriculture ministry
La malaria se expande a más municipios en el país
Epidemiologists are predicting that Venezuela is about to see double the number of malaria cases it saw last year: 242,976 cases, as the health system breaks down with lack of affordable or available medicines, endemic hunger. The number of districts inside the country now seeing malaria outbreaks has grown by 93% on what it was 20 years ago. Bolivar state continues to be the epicentre with 59.3% of all malaria cases this year with Amazonas standing at 17.57%. What data Venezuelan health authorities have managed to collect indicates 61,737 cases, a jump of around 66% in just the first few months of the year
Número de casos de febre chikungunya mantém crescimento
During 2017 there have been 33,371 suspected cases of chikungunya fever reported in the state of Ceara. Of these, 10,592 have been confirmed, according to an epidemiological bulletin. The disease confirmation rate is 31% higher than it was when reported on April 28th this year. In turn, dengue saw 6,105 cases, up from 4,988 in the previous health bulletin. There have been 1,050 suspected cases of Zika with 120 confirmed
Dengue fever: Peru reports 6000 confirmed cases, northern coast most affected
Officials with the National Emergency Centre in Peru are reporting 5,924 confirmed cases of dengue nationwide, as of April 22, with 60% reported from along the northern coast, and thirteen deaths. In addition, there are 13,897 probable cases reported. El Nino and its impact are being blamed for setting off the epidemic in this region
After 4 years, cholera makes a comeback
After a lull of four years, cholera has raised its ugly head around Nagpur once more with 31 positive cases over the last twelve months. Gastro enteritis, with 1,514 positive cases, is the dominant water borne disease in the city but the health authorities are sounding an alert as cholera returns 
18 dead in Namibia malaria outbreak
An outbreak of malaria blamed on flooding has left at least 18 people dead in northern Namibia. The outbreak is in the region bordering Angola and Zambia and it is the worst in recent years with the epicentre in the regions of Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohanwena, Omusati, Oshana and Zambesi with around 12,000 cases reported
Sana’a Reels From Cholera Cases
More than 200 cholera cases have been reported in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as contaminated water and poor sanitation have led to a sharp rise in transmission of the deadly disease. Nurses at Jumhouri Hospital in Sana’a said they’ve received more than 200 patients with cholera in the last few days, two died as they were in bad shape when they arrived. WHO reported that 25 people have died of cholera in the last week. Albawaba reports that Yemeni hospitals are at breaking point due to the cholera epidemic 
Karnataka: Rains unleash swine flu scare
In Karnataka the H1N1 death toll has risen to 15 with 1,985 people testing positive since January, compared with just 110 people last year and no deaths
Rising Dengue in Western Province – cause for alarm (Video)
The number of dengue patients in Sri Lankan hospitals continues to rise with over 90 people dying over the last five months and the number of suspected cases rising to more than 40,000
Mystery illness in Liberia appears to be meningitis -minister
Four of the 13 patients who died from a mysterious illness in Liberia since April 23 have tested positive for Neisseria meningitides serogroup C, a bacterial form of meningitis, according to the U.S. CDC. Additional testing is ongoing to determine if the other deaths and 30 other illnesses are also due to this type of infection
Áncash: casos confirmados de dengue superan los 310 en El Santa
Health authorities in the Ancash region confirmed that cases of dengue now are up to 316 with a large number under suspicion. In the district of Chimbote there are 75 recorded cases and in Coishco there are 237 confirmed cases. The Piura region tops the list for infectious diseases in Peru, following on from the recent rains and coastal floods which produced ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes
China reports 24 more H7N9 avian flu cases, 9 fatal
China continues to see a steady pace of new H7N9 avian flu infections late into the season, with 24 fresh cases being reported over the last week, including one from a province that has never reported a case before. China has also culled 80,000 birds in Hebei after detecting an outbreak of H7N9 bird flu on a farm of layer hens
Niger hepatitis E outbreak kills 26 pregnant women to date
In a follow-up on the hepatitis E outbreak in the Diffa region in eastern Niger, as of May 3rd, there have been a total of 282 suspected cases including 27 deaths reported. All reported deaths except for one were among pregnant women 
Cholera Outbreak is Affecting 13 of Somalia`s 18 Regions, UN Says
Nearly 32,000 cholera cases and 618 deaths have been reported since the start of 2017, UN OCHA said in a report. The cholera outbreak continues to spread across Somalia regions, in part due to widespread water shortages, food insecurity and displacement that has stretched sanitation facilities beyond their capacity
Minsa reporta 86 casos de dengue y 55 de zika en Herrera
In Panama, a total of 86 cases of dengue and 55 cases of Zika have been recorded in Herrera province so far this year. Health agencies are urging people to be vigilant and H1N1 vaccination stations have been set up
Alerte à la dengue au Kenya
Kenyan health authorities in the Mombassa region sounded an alert after 150 suspected cases of dengue, with 119 confirmed, was diagnosed across several health centres in the district
Health systems
US Approves 483 Million USD Budget To Fight HIV/AIDS In South Africa
The U.S. has approved a U.S.$483m Country Operational Plan 2017 budget for South Africa to tackle HIV/Aids under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, according to Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx. The COP2017 budget will support South Africa’s HIV/Aids and TB programmes until September 2018 under the PEPFAR initiative
Doctors are scapegoats for India’s failing health system
The FT’s Amy Kazmin argues that Indian doctors are scapegoats for the country’s failing healthcare system. Public expectations about treatment simply cannot be met without more public spending. Symptoms of the problem are occurring with a growing number of assaults on doctors by patients. India is suffering from an acute doctors shortage, with just one physician for every 1,800 people. Government spending is just 1.4% of GDP, compared with China which spends 3.1%. As a result the healthcare system has neither the manpower nor the equipment to provide a reasonable standard of care for patients
U.S. prescription drug spending as high as $610 billion by 2021: report
Spending on prescription medicines in the United States will increase 4-7% through 2021, reaching $580bn to $610bn, according to a report released by QuintilesIMS Holding. Quintiles, which compiles data for the pharmaceutical industry had previously forecast average spending growth of 6-8% through to 2021. It reduced its projections due to fewer new medicines approved in 2016 than prior years and because drug makers face increasing price pressure and competition  
WHO to help bring cheap biosimilar cancer drugs to poor
WHO is to launch a pilot project this year to assess cheap copies of expensive biotech cancer drugs in a bid to make such medicines more widely available in poorer countries. The UN agency said it would invite drug makers in September to submit applications for prequalification of so-called biosimilar versions of two such drugs on its essential medicines list, Roche’s Rituaxan and Herceptin
Drug Lobby Said to Mull Membership Cuts Amid Price Scrutiny
The pharmaceutical industry’s Washington lobbying group, PhRMA, is proposing that member companies must spend $200m a year on R&D based on a 3 year average. They’ll also have to show R&D spending amounts to at least 10% of their global sales, according to people who asked not to be identified as it is still private. The move shuts out some of the smaller companies that have attracted the ire of insurers, patients and politicians over their business practices and smaller companies that don’t yet have drugs on the market
Drug pricing must be reformed
The FT’s Andrew Jack argues that drug pricing needs to be reformed. Drug companies can sometimes charge more in poorer countries because they focus on middle-class patients who pay for their own care rather than the population at large. The same issues apply in the USA, where insurance cover for patients is patchy. Investigations in the UK show that complex rules governing generic drugs mean manufacturers can increase prices when there are few or no other competitors – so we need greater scrutiny and more transparency in the way drugs are priced
NGO performs free cleft and palate surgeries for 155
NGO Operation Smile has performed free lip cleft and palate repair surgeries on 155 people during a week-long surgical mission in Ghana at the Volta Regional Teaching Hospital in Ho. A 77-member multinational team, which includes 41 local volunteers, successfully performed a total of 164 surgeries on children and adults born with a variety of facial defects, the NGO said
Solar power: A shot in the arm for India`s health centers
A pilot project is launching in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana states which aims to set up replicable, cost-effective solar power plants at health centres. As the first point of access to a doctor for rural residents, the aim is to increasingly create a more resilient health system in rural India, benefiting primarily women and children
Tanzania: Technology Helps Bridge Health Insurance Gap
Mobile technology is beginning to have an impact on the way healthcare is delivered to both urban and rural communities in Africa. One new innovation is mHealth, a mobile technology service providing better access to knowledge and information, improved service delivery and response times during crisis. Tigo Tanzania and its partner Milvik Tanzania recently introduced an improved insurance service called Bima Mkononi which offers healthcare insurance cover at an affordable rate to cushion people from healthcare cost burdens. It offers products such as life insurance, hospitalization and personal accident cover for customers actively using Tigo Pesa
Communicable diseases
India’s Indicators for Mapping SDGs Reveal Our Flawed Understanding of Sustainability
As the Indian government released its indicators for mapping the Sustainable Development Goals in the country it became clear that the policy approach to SDGs is marked by apathy and a tendency to make sustainability a burden of technocratic formality rather than a policy-implementable mainstay
U.S. life expectancy varies by two decades depending on location
A new study shows that even as life expectancy is rising across the U.S. there are some places where lifespans are getting shorter and geographical inequalities are being more pronounced. For instance a baby born in Oglala Lakota County South Dakota can expect to live to 66.8 years, while a child born in Summit County Colorado can expect to live to 86.8 years on average. Researchers found risk factors such as obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, hypertension and diabetes explained 74% of the variation in longevity in the United States 
Australia wins landmark WTO tobacco packaging case - Bloomberg
A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the WTO after a five year legal battle, report Bloomberg. The news is a blow to the tobacco industry as such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws  
Charity warns S.Sudan `man-made` famine could kill 6 million
The famine ravaging South Sudan and its neighbours could claim six million lives, a charity warned, as the international community struggles to raise the $4.4bn needed to avert a full-blown disaster. Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa said the chaotic international response to the situation was threatening the lives of millions
Big Pharma`s pollution is creating deadly superbugs while the world looks the other way
Industrial pollution from Indian pharmaceutical companies making medicines for nearly all the world’s drug companies is fuelling the creation of deadly superbugs, suggests new research. Global health authorities have no regulation in place to stop this happening. A major study in the scientific journal Infection found ‘excessively high’ levels of antibiotic and antifungal drug residue in water sources in and around a major drug production hub in the Indian city of Hyderabad, as well as high levels of bacteria and fungi resistant to these drugs. Scientists believe the quantities found mean the drug residues originated from the pharmaceutical factories
WHO urges India to up spending on healthcare
Addressing the SYMHEALTH 2017 international conference on healthcare, WHO representative Henk Mekedam told delegates that India needs to increase its spending on healthcare. “Currently investment amounts to 1.2% of GDP. This has pushed 60m people below the poverty line.” WHO had previously recommended 2.5% of the country’s GDP should be allocated to healthcare. Mekedam went on “globalization leaves us far better connected but this poses challenges such as the faster spread of infectious diseases”
Task of eradicating poverty must be met `with a sense of urgency,` says deputy UN chief
UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed called for a collective and comprehensive approach that recognises the multi-dimensional nature of eradicating poverty across the world. ‘Addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, food insecurity and a sluggish and unpredictable economy requires integrated responses and engagement by all stakeholders’ she said, at the opening of the 2017 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council
South Korea Should Get Real on HIV
Human Rights Watch reports that the South Korean government considers people living with HIV ‘morally unfit’ to teach English and medically unfit to receive government scholarships to study at South Korean universities. This practice has been condemned by the UN and governments around the world, yet still, foreign English teachers in South Korea must pass periodic HIV tests to keep their positions, and foreign graduate students may be disqualified from exchange programmes and have government scholarships revoked if they are found to be HIV positive
Italy measles cases up amid anti-vax mood
Italy recorded 1,920 cases of the deadly measles virus in the first four months of the year, a 523% increase from the same period a year earlier. The news came as the Five Star Movement defended itself from accusations of actively campaigning on an anti-vaccination platform. Some 88% of the people who contracted measles were unvaccinated, and 73% were aged 15 or above, the ministry of health said. Leading M5S officials have publicised fraudulent studies suggesting that vaccines can be harmful and may cause autism and have campaigned against compulsory vaccination
Meet the world’s most powerful doctor: Bill Gates
The software mogul’s sway over the World Health Organization has spurred criticism about it having misplaced priorities, according to Politico, and Gates having ‘undue influence.’ The article suggests Gates’ influence is likely to increase as the U.S. and the UK threaten to cut funding if the agency doesn’t make a better investment case for its activities. With Gates being the second largest funder, just above the UK, Politico points out that all the DG candidates need to ally with him in some way. It also says Gates’ sway has NGOs and academics worried. They worry as his wealth comes from big business it could serve as a Trojan horse for corporate interests to undermine WHO’s role in setting standards and shaping healthcare policies
Beijing removes 180,000 old, polluting cars from roads from January-April
Beijing authorities removed 180,000 old and polluting vehicles from the roads during the first four months of 2017, the Chinese capital’s environmental bureau said, as part of its efforts to tackle congestion and cut smog
Non communicable diseases
Greater total pollution exposure tied to higher cancer risk
Living in areas with higher total exposures to harmful pollutants in the air, water and land is associated with greater odds of developing cancer, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined incidences for cancers in each country across the U.S. and found an average of 451 cases per 100,000 people. Counties with a higher environmental quality ranking the lowest saw an average of 39 cancer cases each year per 100,000 residents
400,000 Vietnamese die from non-communicable diseases every year
Some 400,000 Vietnamese people die from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer every year, health officials told the media. Of the annual fatalities, up to 70% are due to non-communicable diseases and of the NCDS, up to 40% of the patients die before the age of 70. Many locals are not aware of preventing the diseases, with 49% of men smoking and 77% of the whole population drinking. Smoking related diseases in Vietnam are estimated to cause losses of U.S.$1bn per year
India Is Facing a Mental Health Crisis – and Its Education System Is Ill Equipped to Handle It
The Wire discusses the taboo surrounding mental health problems and the unwillingness of most Indian colleges to take up the costs of professional counselling in order to protect India’s highly vulnerable youth
Nearly half of female prisoners have attempted suicide, figures reveal
Figures released by the Prison Reform Trust reveal that 46% of women in prison have tried to take their own lives at some point, compared with six per cent of the general population. It comes after warnings in March that the alarming rise in suicides among female prisoners was linked to inadequate mental health provision and a lack of urgency among prison staff in responding to indications of mental illnesses
`Silent killer` affects 13 million Thais
At least 13m Thais have suffered from hypertension for years with many not realising they had the condition, Thai health experts said. Hypertension contributes to a four times higher risk of brain blood vessel diseases and twice the risk of heart muscle paralysis, according to information released by the World Health Organization
Good heart health extends the ‘golden years’
Better heart care during young adulthood and middle age means people end up living longer and spending fewer years in later life with any kind of chronic disease, according to new research. This prolonged good health also saves money on health care and reduces health care spending, the research team said, pointing to helping people better understand the development of risk factors and the linkage to disease earlier in life
GSK `real world` drug test has second success in asthma
The success of the 4,233 patient trial, which tested Breo in day-to-day practice across Salford in northern England, followed on the back of a similar ‘win’ for the medicine in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease trials a year ago. Unlike a randomised controlled trial of the type typically used to win initial drug approval, the real world studies aim to mimic the way medicines are actually used by patients when they are not being closely monitored by researchers
Many eye care providers may not catch macular degeneration
A new study suggests primary care optometrists and opthalmologists may sometimes fail to detect age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision impairment in the elderly. Researchers examined data on 1,288 eyes from 644 older adults two had a diluted eye exam. Based on these exams none of the participants were diagnosed with macular degeneration by primary care specialists. After retina specialists took another look, they diagnosed eye disorder in 25% of the cases
Studies show socioeconomic and racial disparities in lupus
Researchers have identified a link between socioeconomic and racial disparities in the severity and treatment of lupus. The studies showed a link between poverty and worse lupus disease associated medical complications, and an increased frequency of adverse pregnancy outcomes in African American and Hispanic patients with lupus compared to white lupus patients
Promoting health through the life course
Kenya hopes to double maternity leave to boost mother and child health
Kenya is hoping to pass a new law which will see maternity leave increased to six months from three if a bill before parliament is passed in a bid to boost the health of mothers and babies. The bill is opposed by employer groups who say businesses cannot afford to give women the time off, even though the second three months would be optional, unpaid leave
African countries to feel worst of US health aid cuts, report says
New findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that African countries, and those where abortion services are legal, will likely feel the greatest impact of the U.S. ‘global gag rule’ – also known as the Mexico City Policy. The U.S. provided bilateral global health assistance to 65 countries in fiscal year 2016, and more than half of them (34) were African. With the reintroduction of this policy $8bn in U.S. global health assistance is at stake which was previously tied to just U.S. family planning funding. Potentially expanded guidelines for funding roll this out wider across the 34 nations and encourage NGOs to discontinue legal activities in order to comply
India begins legalising mica mining after child worker deaths expose
Authorities in eastern India have begun the process of legalising mica mining, a senior government official said last week, after a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation uncovered the deaths of children working in illegal mines. A three months investigation in Jharkhand found at least seven children had died in just two months in the illegal mines – as they picked and sorted the prize mineral which adds the sparkle to make-up and car paint
In South Africa, mothers lead push to get pregnant women tested for HIV
South African mothers are leading the push to get pregnant women tested for HIV; mothers2mothers support groups are helping women to understand the value of HIV testing for young pregnant women and how this is leading to a cut in transmission of a virus that can pass AIDS from mothers to babies
Saudi step to relax male guardianship welcomed by women`s advocates
Local Saudi media reports that the King of Saudi Arabia has issued an order allowing women to benefit from government services such as education and healthcare without getting the consent of a male guardian. This move was tentatively welcomed as another small step for women in this deeply conservative kingdom
Contagio del Zika en embarazadas alerta a salud pública
In Ecuador the health minister is calling for more protection for pregnant women against the growing zika threat. Health minister, Veronica Espinosa called on people to redouble their efforts to protect pregnant women against picking up the virus, particularly because of the risk of congenital complications that might be passed on to the baby
N.J. female physicians make less than their counterparts, study shows
A new study shows that female physicians in New Jersey make less than their male counterparts. The report shows the average wage gap in New Jersey was as much as 30%, one of the highest in the north east. Gaps in U.S. doctor compensation exist across 48 specialities, major cities and genders, according to research scientists Doximity, a national online network for doctors
Ashanti ups effort to fight teen sex and pregnancy
The campaign to bring down the rates of teen pregnancy has been scaled up in Ghana’s Ashanti region with the training of more young people for reproductive health advocacy. This is being done under the guidance of the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health project, an intervention to improve youth health information and quality reproductive services
1 million children refugees from South Sudan`s civil war
More than 1m children have fled South Sudan’s civil war, two UN agencies said on Monday, part of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Roughly 62% of refugees from South Sudan are children, according to the UN, and more than 75,000 are alone or without families, about 1.8m have fled South Sudan in total
The WHO needs a public health person, not a politician to lead it
The News Minute points out the value of solid leadership which empowers the team to achieve more by deepening the sense of genuine common purpose which can help WHO demonstrate stronger global public health leadership 
Andrew Mitchell Endorses Dr. Tedros’ Candidature to lead WHO
Andrew Mitchell, former Secretary of State for International Development and head of the Department for International Development of the UK, has endorsed Tedros Adhanom’s candidature for WHO DG
Ethiopia: Tedros Adhanom played a key role in kidnapping of prominent dissident
Opponents of WHO DG candidate, Tedros Adhanom, tell the story of his alleged involvement in the abduction of Ethiopian dissident and British citizen Andargachew Tsege – arguing that this illustrates his unsuitability for this important world role 
WHO DG Election: How Ethiopian Tedros’s track records makes him best man for the job
Vanguard Nigeria makes a strong case in support of its candidate to become the new Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom 
We cannot be unprepared for the next global health emergency: Dr. David Nabarro
Dr David Nabarro is the UK Candidate to be the next Director-General of the WHO. He said that “We cannot afford to be unprepared for the next global emergency. I have experience on the ground, in communities and in running international crisis responses to ensure that WHO is ready to respond promptly when, not if, the next crisis hits
Where do the (3) candidates for the next WHO Director General stand on the most challenging global health issues of the decade?
Plos Blogs asks the three candidates for DG of WHO for their view on the most critical issues in global health