We must remember that although numbers are aggregated for analysis of disease burden and other global health indicators, they represent actual people and lifesaving situations.
The World Health Organization recently announced that it was seeking input on the three global health sector strategies — HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infection — it was drafting until April 30. The strategies, which will cover 2016-2021, will be finalized at the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016.
Australian scientists have made the groundbreaking discovery that malaria-infected patients have higher levels of certain chemicals in their breath. The chemicals are undetectable to the human nose, but can be used to detect the disease much earlier than the traditional method of using a microscope to find parasites in blood. The level of the chemicals increases with the severity of the mosquito-borne infection and disappears after cure.
Poor quality drugs, not fake medicines, are the real threat in fight against malaria, causing deaths and increasing the risk of drug resistance, researchers said. While previous reports have suggested that up to a third of malaria drugs could be fake, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who analyzed anti-malaria drugs in Cambodia and Tanzania, found no evidence of fake medicines.
Papua, Indonesia's most remote and underdeveloped province, has called on the public and the central government to provide it with 550,000 mosquito nets as it struggles with pervasive malaria.
Greater international accountability is needed among all actors—from international organizations to private-sector manufacturers to recipient countries—to ensure that the global health community can fulfill the goal of promoting the highest attainable standard of health as a human right. This goal cannot only represent a verbal commitment, but must also translate into action.
2015 Africa scorecard on maternal health & maternal mortality demonstrates huge need on the continent to ensure that no woman dies while giving life.
The Global Financing Facility (GFF), announced at the UN General Assembly in September 2014 by the World Bank Group and governments of Canada, Norway, and the US, aims to scale up support for RMNCAH as a key component of universal health coverage for all. The GFF presents real opportunities to make change happen by mobilising additional international and domestic resources for scale up of sexual and reproductive health services, as well as the prioritisation of funding for these areas at the national level.
According to the Southern African Regional Poverty Network, in the context of HIV, caregiving roles are typically divided along gender lines. Women take on tasks such as cooking, feeding the patient, bathing and providing nursing care. Men tend to do tasks such as transporting patients to hospital, lifting them, and providing financial and material support.
Article 154 of the Penal Code says that sex work is illegal in Kenya. According to a study published by the Public Library of Sciences, there are about 103,300 sex workers in Kenya. This research should allow the newly decentralised county governments to play a greater role in female sex workers' programme planning and implementation.