A recent outbreak of drug-resistant tuberculosis in Malawian prisons should be a wake up call. It shouldn’t be a surprise that six people in Malawi’s nightmarishly congested prisons contracted drug-resistant TB—the prisons provide ideal conditions for the bacteria to thrive and spread. This is true of many prisons throughout the world, especially in countries with high […]
Several U.S. states have laws that criminalize knowingly exposing another to viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases. The definitions of the crimes and severity of penalties vary. Some states specifically target diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis in the statutes, while others impose penalties for exposing others to any infectious diseases. While opinions on […]
This blog was written by Carolina I. Andrada, intern at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, and Andrés Constantin On October 15, 2018, the Medical Federation of Venezuela (FMV) alerted that the nation’s measles epidemic had become sickeningly large. The FMV’s president, Douglas León Natera, warned that the case count had surpassed 650,000 and […]
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of, above all, the people whom society has marginalized. Certainly everyone is at risk, and some who are not at the margins of society – health workers, for example – are among those at heightened risk. Yet the risk of contracting and dying from the disease is greatest among an array […]
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Monday, the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act by a 99-1 vote. The Act provides many changes to several federal health and human service programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. A critical component of this legislation is the inclusion of a $40 million appropriation from 2019-2023 to the Centers for Disease Control and […]
Last week, the 2018 STD Prevention Conference took place in Washington, DC. This biennial conference was an opportunity for sexual health professionals, including program staff, scientists, clinicians, and others to come together to share state-of-the art updates and practical, clinically-focused research on disease prevention and control at time when sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on […]
A recent study published in July 2018 in the journal Advances in Therapy discusses the findings made by researchers who compiled the most comprehensive dataset available to describe the current hepatitis C landscape in the U.S. The study covers from 2013-2016, and, among other concerning statistics, shows a 234% increase in confirmed hepatitis C positive patients […]
If the story weren’t so important and playing out in real life every day, it would be a stale and tiresome story: the world’s leaders making transformative-sounding commitments, go back to their capitals, and continue mostly business as usual, perhaps with a new initiative here, modestly increased funding here. In 2016, the world’s leaders committed […]
Last week, the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services launched the 2018-2022 National Strategic Plan and held the inaugural National Health Assembly. The National Health Assembly is a forum to discuss health issues and challenges in the country, including the development of the UHC framework which is presently underway. National Health Assemblies have […]
Surveillance is an important part of tracking any disease because it serves as an early warning system, identifies public health emergencies, guides public health policy and strategies, and helps to understand and monitor the epidemiology of a condition to set priorities and guide public health policy and strategies. Zika is an excellent example of the […]
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