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Tag search: "Infectious Diseases"

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Alarm as 100 malaria patients treated at MTRH

At least 100 people have been treated for malaria at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret in the past month, raising fears there could be an outbreak of the disease in the region. The Uasin Gishu County authorities confirmed the cases and says measures are being put into place to treat the infected

April 11, 2017
Daily Nation
April 12, 2017
East African Business News

Health systems

Why African nations lack access to medicine despite rise in disease – Yakasai

The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and chairman of Pharmaplus Nigeria Limited, Ahmed Yakasai, said Africa remains a fertile region for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, and that despite the rise in non-communicable and infectious disease in Africa, the region lacks access to medicines. He said, "Overall, 37 countries have some pharmaceutical production, and only South Africa has limited primary production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates. Local production in Africa therefore relies on imported active ingredients. As a result, the sustainability of African pharmaceutical sector remains highly contingent on foreign funding and manufacturing”

June 11, 2017
Daily Trust

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Trouble Bioterrorism Experts

One aspect of the nation’s defence under Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts which would put the US at risk is the slashing of the budgets of government bodies which protect the nation from deadly pathogens, man-made or natural. Agencies tasked with biosecurity would be severely hit: The Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response, which tracks the outbreaks of disease (cut by 9.7%), the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, a branch that fights threats like anthrax and Ebola (cut by 11%), the CDC’s Center for Global Health (cut by 18%) – experts in biological threats are reacting with alarm

May 28, 2017
New York Times

Communicable diseases

AI lab-reader set for hospital trial

Australian-developed technology using artificial intelligence to rapidly diagnose infectious diseases is set for a laboratory trial at St Vincent`s Hospital in Melbourne. Medical technology firm LBT Innovations has developed the APAS Independence instrument, which automatically analyses and interprets growth on microbiology culture plates, enabling faster and more efficient diagnosis and reporting of infectious diseases. The product will be trialled at St Vincent`s Hospital from September, and LBT said it will then be trialled in other laboratories around the world.

June 21, 2017
The West Australian, CIO

Sindhudurg to get State’s first infectious disease research lab

The first Infectious Disease Research Laboratory in Maharashtra will be in the Sindhudurg district. The Hindu said the lab will work on 13 types of diseases and keep a detailed record of it. The lab will complete work on a generator facility to ensure the lab has an uninterrupted power supply which can guarantee low temperature storage facilities for the purpose of preservation

May 19, 2017
May 18, 2017
India Today, Business Standard

India vulnerable to infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola

A new report says that South Asian nations, including India, are vulnerable to emerging infectious diseases like Zika and Ebola and their level of preparedness is adequate to protect public health. Inadequate surveillance and uneven health system capacity may accelerate the spread of emerging infectious diseases in the region, which is already burdened by diseases like tuberculosis, HIV and malaria. This was an analysis published as part of twelve analyses on health in South Asia published in the BMJ

April 12, 2017
Business Standard

'White coats' alone can't combat infectious disease outbreaks: U.N. adviser

Poor countries need more resources and training on the ground to combat infectious diseases that are spreading in new ways and to new places, partly due to climate change, said David Nabarro, who is in the race to be next head of the World Health Organization. The first thing in dealing with outbreaks is to make sure there is capacity in the countries to deal with the problems early and simulation exercises are crucial in ensuring local communities are prepared

March 31, 2017
April 1, 2017
Economic Times, DFID
March 31, 2017
Financial Times

Era of self medication for fever is gone

Era of self medication for fever is gone given all the state is now currently facing

March 28, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria, Economic Times