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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...

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Envisioning the City of the Future

Environmental Health,#ObjectHealth

Making cities ‘green and healthy’ goes far beyond simply reducing CO2 emissions. Cities have long been known to be the society’s predominant engine of innovation and wealth creation, yet they are also its main source of pollution and disease . However, in many cities there is still scope...

Antoni Plasència

Improving the Governance of Global Health Emergencies


That diseases spread without respect for borders is something we have always known since the dawn of humanity; and, incidentally, bacteria, viruses and parasites have all played decisive roles in the development of our species. What is new is the speed with which diseases can spread today and...

John Aponte

The Malaria Vaccine: a Giant Leap Forward for Science


A vaccine against malaria was, for many years, considered the holy grail of medical science. The challenge was to develop a vaccine against a parasite—an extremely complex organism capable of constant change—and that was something that had never been done before. Given the circumstances, the...

Matiana González

Malaria, Poverty and Underdevelopment


The countries affected by malaria are often unable to assume the economic burden it imposes, and the poorest families may spend up to one third of their annual income on fighting this disease As we look forward to 2015, the deadline for the Millennium Goals and the year formal agreement is...

Rafael Vilasanjuan

Health: A Global Commitment?

Health Equity,#ObjectHealth

Epidemics—like terrorism, climate change and money—travel without regard to borders, which present them with no obstacle So much has been written about global health that it is sometimes difficult to find arguments to convince the reader of the effectiveness of investment in health and...

Ignasi Roca

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance Without Superpowers: What Can You Do?

Antibiotic Resistance

Urgent action on three fronts is needed to remedy this situation: curbing the use of antibiotics in humans and animals, closely monitoring the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria, and developing new antibiotic therapies Today, November 18, is European Antibiotic Awareness Day , an...

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