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Nearly 110,000 suspected cholera cases reported in Yemen since January

Surge linked to early rains as well as use of contaminated water, with 18 million people lacking access to basic sanitationYemen is seeing a sharp spike in the number of suspected cholera cases this year, as well as increased displacement, the UN said.Nearly 110,000 cases have been reported, with 190 deaths in the country, which has been at war for four years this month. Almost a third of the 108,889 cases, reported between 1 January and 17 March, were children under five. Continue reading...
Tags: Global health, Global development, Yemen, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Conflict and arms


Early rains prompt surge in Yemen cholera cases

Inadequate sewage systems have led to contaminated water, with 18 million people lacking access to basic sanitationYemen is seeing a sharp spike in the number of suspected cholera cases this year, as well as increased displacement, the UN said.Nearly 110,000 cases have been reported, with 190 deaths in the country, which has been at war for four years this month. Almost a third of the 108,889 cases, reported between 1 January and 17 March, were children under five. Continue reading...
Tags: Global health, Global development, Yemen, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Conflict and arms


Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef

World Water Day study highlights lethal nature of unsafe sanitation and hygiene for children, especially under-fivesChildren under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, Unicef has found.Analysing mortality data from 16 countries beset by long-term conflict – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen – the UN children’s agency also found that unsafe water, sanitation and hygi...
Tags: Global health, Global development, Access to water, Water, Environment, World news, Children, Society


UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health


'It's a godsend': the healthcare scheme bringing hope to India's sick

In a country where treatment can cost two years’ wages, a new project could mean free medical care for 500 million peopleRajiv Gupta has a distinct spring in his step. He has brought his mother to New Delhi from the northern state of Bihar for a hip replacement, for which he won’t have to pay. His mother qualified for free treatment under Ayushman Bharat, the government’s ambitious new health insurance scheme.“I can’t quite believe this is happening. When the doctors in Bihar told me it would co...
Tags: India, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, New Delhi, Bihar, Gupta, Global Health


Global Health: A Twin Inside a Twin: In Colombia, an Extraordinary Birth

What appeared to be a cyst in a healthy fetus turned out to be an unformed twin “absorbed” early in pregnancy, connected by a second umbilical cord and still growing.
Tags: Twins, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Colombia, Parra-Saavedra, Miguel


Key to saving lives of newborns lies in half a teaspoon of blood, study claims

Research reveals striking changes in babies’ immune development that could form the basis for lifesaving vaccinesA groundbreaking study has claimed that the key to saving the lives of newborns is found in just half a teaspoon of blood.Research has revealed dramatic changes in the immune systems of newborns, which scientists say could transform our understanding of disease in babies. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Medical Research, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Global Health


The campaign for a 'drug-free world' is costing lives | Louise Arbour and Mohamed ElBaradei

Global policy on drug control is unrealistic, and has taken a harsh toll on millions of the world’s poorest peopleDrug control efforts across the world are a threat to human dignity and the right to life.In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. Among the reasons for these deaths are the lack of access to health and harm-reduction services, as well as the fear of legal repression, which often dissuades people who use drugs from asking for help. Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Americas, US, World news, Colombia, Philippines, Global development, Global Health, Louise Arbour, Mohamed ElBaradei


Doctors in Zimbabwe 'sending patients away to die' as drug shortages bite

Senior doctors go on strike as president is warned that lack of medicine could lead to collapse of emergency servicesA doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe entered its second day on Wednesday with health workers claiming patients in the biggest state hospital are dying due to a lack of drugs and medical supplies.Dozens of doctors picketed outside Parirenyatwa hospital demanding improvements and claiming government promises to improve the health service had come to nothing. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Global Health, Parirenyatwa


Fake drugs kill more than 250,000 children a year, doctors warn

Printer ink, paint and arsenic found in some drugs sold to treat life-threatening illnessesDoctors have called for an urgent international effort to combat a “pandemic of bad drugs” that is thought to kill hundreds of thousands of people globally every year.A surge in counterfeit and poor quality medicines means that 250,000 children a year are thought to die after receiving shoddy or outright fake drugs intended to treat malaria and pneumonia alone, the doctors warned. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Antibiotics, Drug resistance, Global Health


'Incredible moment': impoverished Mali to give free healthcare to under-fives

Sweeping health reforms, which also include free provision for pregnant women, heralded as national ‘turning point’After decades of suffering some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world, Mali has vowed to provide free healthcare for pregnant women and children under five in a “brave and bold” move to revamp its dismal healthcare system.Following a raft of reforms announced by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, free contraceptives will also be provided across the country as...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, Global development, Mali, Maternal health, Infant and child mortality, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Global Health


Global Health: Diagnoses by Horn, Payment in Goats: An African Healer at Work

On a continent wracked with epidemics, millions turn to traditional healers. In rural Uganda, not far from the Ebola zone, an herbalist describes his practice.
Tags: News, Africa, Uganda, World Health Organization, Ebola Virus, Global Health, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Traditional Healers


Measles Cases Are Increasing Worldwide Amid ‘Mistrust and Complacency,’ U.N. Warns

Last year, 98 countries reported an uptick of measles cases, according to a UNICEF report
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Unicef, Global Health, U N Warns, Overnight, Onetime


Shock rise in global measles outbreaks 'disastrous' for children, UN warns

Unicef calls for improved vaccination as study shows Ukraine, Brazil and the Philippines among 10 worst affected countriesCases of childhood measles are surging to shocking levels around the globe, led by 10 countries that account for three-quarters of the rise.Amid warnings of “disastrous consequences” for children if the disease continues to spread unchecked, a worldwide survey by the UN children’s agency, Unicef, said 98 countries around the globe reported a rise in measles cases in 2018 comp...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Philippines, MMR, Global development, Un, Vaccines and immunisation, Unicef, Global Health, Ukraine Brazil


Arsonists attack Ebola clinics in DRC as climate of distrust grows

Health agencies re-evaluate approach after attacks on treatment centres in North KivuA second clinic serving patients affected by the escalating Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been set alight, as concerns mount over widespread distrust of health agencies.Seven months since the start of the outbreak, which has claimed 548 lives, experts warned that the virus is still not under control and said suspicion of agencies is severely undermining Ebola services. Continue reading.....
Tags: Ebola, World news, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Drc, Global Health


Venezuela crisis threatens disease epidemic across continent - experts

Collapse of Venezuela’s healthcare system could fuel spread of malaria and other diseases across regionExperts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.Continent-wide public health gains of the last 18 years could be undone if Venezuela does not accept help to control the spreading outbreaks of malaria, Zika, dengue and other illnesses that are afflicting its people, e...
Tags: Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Venezuela, Malaria, Latin America, Zika Virus, Zika, Global Health, Lancet Infectious Diseases Continue


'I came to Peru to survive': the Venezuelans migrating for HIV drugs | Dan Collyns

Darwin Zerpa is among those who have fled to Peru to get the antiretrovirals he needs. Now he counsels others with the virusBy day it is one of Lima’s grandest squares. By night the Plaza San Martín becomes a magnet for nightclubbers and bag-snatchers, as well as a haunt for male sex workers and their clients.It is here just before midnight that 29-year-old Darwin Zerpa and other volunteers set up shop. Pulling up in an out-of-service ambulance and folding out a table on the pavement, they mark ...
Tags: Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Peru, Venezuela, Aids and HIV, Lima, San Martin, Global Health, Dan Collyns, Darwin Zerpa


Polio spreads in Afghanistan and Pakistan 'due to unchecked borders'

Campaigners say resurgence of deadly virus threatens despite huge successes of vaccination driveThe unmonitored movement of people across the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan threatens efforts to eradicate polio from the two countries, as the year’s first cases of the virus are recorded in the volatile region.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative said people travelling through unchecked crossings is believed to be one of the main causes of the spread of the disease in the area.
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Polio, Global Health


'We can't end FGM without talking to men' – in pictures

More than 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation and about 3 million more are at risk every year. Africa has the highest numbers, but its young people are fighting back Photographs by the Girl Generation Continue reading...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Women, World news, Global development, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Young People, Burkina Faso, Fgm, Somaliland, Global Health, Female genital mutilation (FGM


'Young people hold the power': the movement against FGM – in pictures

More than 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation and about 3 million more are at risk every year. Africa has the highest numbers, but its young people are fighting back Photographs by the Girl Generation Continue reading...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Women, World news, Global development, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Young People, Burkina Faso, Fgm, Somaliland, Global Health, Female genital mutilation (FGM


'I feel alive again': prosthetics and hope in Central African Republic | Saskia Houttuin

A clinic making artificial limbs in CAR – the country’s only centre of its kind – is changing lives devastated by conflictExaucé Bagaza can’t keep his eyes off his feet. A moment ago the five-year-old boy had one foot and now he has two: they are tucked into a pair of white tennis shoes adorned with flecks of green glitter.Wobbling a little, the child presses his right hip on to his new leg, a prosthesis made of polypropylene. His physiotherapist leans forward, reaching for his hands: “Come here...
Tags: Africa, World news, Disability, Global development, Central African Republic, Global Health, Saskia Houttuin, conflictExaucé Bagaza


Study of Brazil favela stricken by Zika shows dengue may protect against virus

Analysis of community where 73% of residents contracted Zika in 2015 offers new clues about epidemicScientists studying the 2015 Zika outbreak in Brazil have discovered that people previously exposed to dengue may have been protected from the virus.Three-quarters of the inhabitants of a favela in the country’s north-east caught the mosquito-borne Zika virus during the epidemic. The outbreak left more than 3,000 babies across Brazil with microcephaly, a birth defect caused by mothers catching the...
Tags: Science, Americas, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Brazil, Zika Virus, Zika, Global Health


Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, say women in Congo

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitationAn unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment.Research by several NGOs has revealed that a deep mistrust of health workers is rife in DRC and gender-based violence is believed to have increased since the start of the Ebola outbrea...
Tags: Ebola, Africa, World news, Global development, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Drc, Global Health


Ebola vaccine offered in exchange for sex, Congo taskforce meeting told

As experts urge global warning over outbreak, women and girls in Beni report alleged exploitationAn unparalleled Ebola vaccination programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has become engulfed in allegations of impropriety, amid claims that women are being asked for sexual favours in exchange for treatment.Research by several NGOs has revealed that a deep mistrust of health workers is rife in DRC and gender-based violence is believed to have increased since the start of the Ebola outbrea...
Tags: Ebola, Africa, World news, Global development, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Drc, Global Health


Global Suicides Have Declined by a Third Since 1990, a Study Finds

But experts think more could be done to prevent deaths
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Global Health, Overnight, Onetime


'People are so afraid they hide in the forest': Ebola in DRC – in pictures

More than 750 people have died of Ebola in recent months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with efforts to contain the outbreak hampered by conflict – and fear of treatment centresPhotographs by Kate Holt Continue reading...
Tags: Ebola, Africa, World news, Global development, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Drc, Global Health, Kate Holt


'It kills within hours': two die as cholera outbreak spreads in Ugandan capital

Health officials battle to stop disease spreading in Kampala slums with lack of toilets and poor sanitation made worse by heavy rainsTwo people have died in a new cholera outbreak in the overcrowded slums of Uganda’s capital, Kampala.The ministry of health confirmed at the weekend that there were 43 suspected cases of cholera in the city and that two people had died. It said an emergency isolation unit had been set up.
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Global development, Kampala, Global Health


Leading UK child health body under fire over baby milk sponsorship

Royal College of Paediatrics urged to rethink conference funding amid claims deal contravenes World Health Organization codeThe Royal College of Paediatrics has been accused of breaching World Health Organization guidance after it accepted sponsorship funding from baby formula companies.More than 100 medics and 13 health groups have written to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), urging it to drop Nestlé, Nutricia and Danone from the list of sponsors for its first internati...
Tags: Health, UK, Nutrition, Africa, Women, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Global development, Parents and parenting, World Health Organization, Maternal health, Cairo, Nutrition And Development, Danone, Global Health


Bono: western world turning its back on HIV fight

Musician and campaigner says pressure to cut aid funding is hampering efforts to stamp out AidsThe world is at risk of losing the battle against HIV due to a backlash against aid triggered by a sense that western governments need to solve problems in their own countries, the musician and development campaigner Bono has said.Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the U2 singer said populism in the rich north was the result of people being chewed up by capitalism. Continue readi...
Tags: Health, Business, Bono, World news, Davos, Aid, Global development, Aids and HIV, World Economic Forum, Global Health, Davos 2018, Davos 2019


'People will end up dying': Trump's cuts devastate clinics in Zambia | Rebecca Ratcliffe

Teen pregnancies are soaring and HIV care has stalled in rural communities hit by ‘global gag’ funding cutsIt is under-fives week at Zambia’s Nyangwena health centre and, outside in the morning sunshine, women are taking turns to weigh their babies. A noisy toddler wriggles as his mum places him into the harness of a set of scales. Measurements are taken and, afterwards, ice lollies handed out to children.Reaching families in the surrounding rural communities is a major challenge for staff at th...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Zambia, Trump, Global Health, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Global gag rule, Rebecca Ratcliffe, Nyangwena