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Tim France

Widespread Artemisinin Resistance Could Wipe Out a Decade of Malaria Investment


Global malaria deaths have been halved in the past decade. Despite such progress, 584,000 people still lost their lives to the disease in 2013. Nine out of ten of those deaths were in Africa, and over three quarters occurred among children under 5 years of age (1) . Over 2 billion people are...

Anna Lucas

Women and Children First?

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health,#ObjectHealth

In many countries the hours and days close to the birth are the most dangerous for the lives of both the mother and her child and there is, therefore, little cause for celebration. Someone in your immediate circle has probably given birth to a baby in recent months. The happiness that...

Joaquim Gascon

Chagas Disease, a Paradigm for Health Inequity


One study estimates the annual global cost of Chagas disease at over 7 billion US dollars Chagas disease , caused by infection with the Trypanosoma cruzi ( T.cruzi ) parasite, originated in Latin America. If left untreated, the disease becomes chronic. An estimated 10 million people are...

Denise Naniche

Pediatric AIDS: A Neglected Disease

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health,#ObjectHealth,HIV/Aids

Without antiretroviral treatment, up to 80% of HIV-infected children die before their 5th birthday Every day 500 children die of AIDS in the world, most of them in low-income countries of Africa and Asia. This may seem like a relatively small number next to the 4,000 adult deaths every day...

Alberto García-basteiro

Tuberculosis: 20 Years in a State of Global Emergency


An estimated one-third of TB cases are never diagnosed and/or recorded The control of tuberculosis (TB) is at a critical juncture. Despite the progress made in recent years, TB still causes over 4,000 deaths a day on our planet, an unacceptably high figure, particularly since almost all of...

Quique Bassat

Why Do We Not Know What Children Are Dying of in Poor Countries?

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health,#ObjectHealth

In a brilliant keynote speech given on November 2 to open the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene ( ASTMH ), Bill Gates—philanthropist and champion of global health—made particular reference to a problem that he appears to have been concerned about in...

Oriol Mitjà

Humanity Moves Closer to Eradicating Three More Diseases


The World Health Organisation (WHO) objective is to eradicate polio by 2018 and yaws by 2020 To date, smallpox is the only infectious disease that has been totally eradicated from the face of the earth; the last person affected was a 23-year-old Somalian Ali Maow Maalin , who was cured in...

Jordi Vila

Antibiotics: an Uncertain Future

Antibiotic Resistance,#ObjectHealth

The persistent abuse and misuse of antibiotics over past decades and the extraordinary adaptive ability of bacteria have led to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogens, that is, bacteria that can cause infection in humans and are resistant to almost all the antibiotics...

Latifeh Dahmash

Health under Fire: When Ordinary Lives are Trapped within Extraordinary Circumstances

Policy & Global Development

The fight to protect the right to health of populations living within a state of conflict and armed struggle continues to challenge the capacity and stability of both local health care providers, and that of the global health community at large. Whilst there has been an increased and...

Joaquim Ruiz

The Forgotten Disease of the Andes

The Andes range forms the backbone of the South American continent. It is bounded on one side by the endless Amazonian rainforest and the interminable plains of Argentina and on the other by the semi-arid coastal regions of Chile and Peru to the south and by Ecuador and Colombia to the north....

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