Category Archives: WHO

01.30.15

Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

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Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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11.11.14

From Afghanistan to Ebola: 8 lessons for Global Governance for Health and a Framework Convention on Global Health

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You may have missed this news from mid-October: Due to the plethora of humanitarian disasters demanding global resources, along with the diminishing international combat presence in Afghanistan, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to cut food rations in Afghanistan, affecting up to 1 million people. With its funding appeal experiencing about a $150 million shortfall, […]

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10.08.14

New Online Resource: "The Ebola Outbreak: A Global Conversation and Resources"

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The current outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever has captured the world’s attention for the past several months.  Centered in West Africa (with a few isolated cases in the United States and Europe), this ongoing crisis has been deemed a “public health emergency of international concern” as well as a global security threat.  As national governments […]

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10.01.14

From TIME: Ebola Co-Discoverer Peter Piot: ‘This Was an Avoidable Catastrophe’

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This post originally appeared in TIME on October 1, 2014.  Professor Peter Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and former Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations. He co-discovered Ebola in 1976.  The text is re-posted here, in part, with the permission of the author.  […]

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09.04.14

Ebola: The Global Health Tragedy of Our Times and How Law is Essential in Preventing Public Health Catastrophes

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By Ana Ayala and Tanya Baytor Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency and mobilizing international assistance to stop further spread of the virus, we continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, particularly in the countries with the lowest resources, namely […]

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08.08.14

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

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WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). For more information about IHR procedures when a PHEIC is activated please visit our website and check out World Health Organization IHR i-Course.

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08.08.14

Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

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Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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07.28.14

How Many Lawyers Does it Take To Achieve the End of AIDS?

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Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, co-chair of the recently concluded 20th International AIDS Conference, believes that “[a]nti-gay laws in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria and other countries around the world will have ‘consequences’ for the continued spread of HIV around the world, potentially dashing hopes of eradicating the virus in the early 21st century.” Apropos to the theme of the […]

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07.25.14

Ebola Is Spreading: What We Need to Know about the IHR (2005)

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West Africa is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease’s first appearance in humans in 1976. This time around, what began as one outbreak in Guinea in February has spread to 60 outbreak sites to date. Since then, it has already killed over 600 people and infected nearly 1,100 in Guinea, Liberia, and […]

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07.10.14

6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

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In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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