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Azucena Bardají

Human Papillomavirus: the Power of a Vaccine

Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health,#ObjectHealth

We already have vaccines that have been shown to safely and effectively prevent 70% of all cervical cancers Most of us have experienced the devastating and fatal consequences of cancer within our close circle of family and friends. And many of us have asked ourselves—angry and powerless—what...

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...

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...

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...

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