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Pablo Martínez

The Million Dollar Question: When Will We Have a Vaccine Against the Zika Virus?

[This article has been published in Spanish in El País - Planeta Futuro ] Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947 , and until recently, infection with the Zika virus was considered to be a relatively mild illness, with symptoms similar to those of dengue fever but less severe. During...

Silvie Huijben

World Malaria Day 2016: The War on the Anophelines


It is shortly after the Second World War and armies of men with canisters full of DDT invade villages and cities of Europe and the USA. Their mission? To kill the anopheline mosquitoes and once and for all eliminate malaria from these places. The heavily armed offence did its job in eliminating...

Joan Tallada

Saint Jordi 2016: 9 Books on Cooperation and Health for 9 Television Series

Training & Education

Let’s forget emerging plagues and planetary disturbances: the real evil of our times is that our partners (yes, yours also) have banished us from their centre of interest in favor of the, oh, omnipresent screens. But let’s not despair, because this Saint Jordi we have the ideal solution: offer...

Adelaida Sarukhan

World Chagas Day: 5 Problems and a Series of Solutions


On the occasion of the World Chagas Day, ISGlobal has published a special digital report   on the main obstacles and a series of  solutions to break the silence on Chagas disease. We invite you to read the report and spread the voice to break the silence...

Patricia De Llobet

Would You Like to Help Us Understand How We Use Mobile Phones?

Environmental Health

There are nearly as many mobile phone connections in the world as there are people (between 7.3 and 7.6 billion). It is estimated that 63% of the population already use a mobile phone , and this number is growing year on year as we see an increasingly broader range of devices with an ever...

Elena Villanueva

Why the Model for Pharmaceutical Innovation Is Mortally Ill

Policy & Global Development

[This article is written by Elena Villanueva (Policy Coordinator, ISGlobal) and Gonzalo Fanjul (Policy Director, ISGlobal)] The price of fully vaccinating a child is 70 times higher today than it was in 2001 . GSK and Pfizer—the sole producers of the pneumococcal vaccine—have...

Alberto García-basteiro

Ending Tuberculosis: an Ambitious but Not Impossible Challenge


Can you imagine the whole population of your city disappearing within a single year? Can you imagine all the inhabitants of a capital city like Barcelona being killed in just one year by a disease for which a perfectly good cure is available? That is what happens in a world where 1.5 million...

Adelaida Sarukhan

ISGlobal’s Response over the Course of the Ebola Epidemic


The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the WHO in August 2014. Since then , ISGlobal has undertaken a series of actions with the aim of improving the preparedness and response to the disease at the national level, but also among...

Adelaida Sarukhan

Ebola. A Bitter Celebration


[This article is written by Adelaida Sarukhan, ISGlobal Communications Officer and Immunologist, and it has been published in Spanish in El País - Planeta Futuro ] Yesterday, March 17th, Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola transmission, marking the end for the worst Ebola epidemic...

Anna Lucas

Preventable Deaths in 2016. The Access of the Poorest Women to Maternal Health Services

[This article is written by Anna Lucas and Clara Menéndez , coordinator and director, respectively, of the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative at ISGlobal and it has been published in Spanish in El País - Planeta Futuro ] The prevailing narrative in maternal global...

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