10 Global Health Issues to Watch in the 2020s
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth International Midwives and nurses —like Sellyvine (left) at the women's hospital in Nakuru, Kenya —make up 50% of the health workforce worldwide. They're in the spotlight during 2020 and will play a crucial role in whether their countries can achieve their most ambitious health targets by 2030. Photo by Georgina Goodwin for IntraHealth International.February 14, 2020Every year, we look at the top global health issues coming our way in the next 12 months. But global health is a long game and it’s a brand-new decade, so this year, we’re look...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Infectious Diseases Maternal, Newborn, Child Health Mental Health Noncommunicable Diseases Digital Health Policy Advocacy Gender Equality Nursing Midwifery Youth Midwives N Source Type: news

Pitt receives CDC approval to bring coronavirus to Pittsburgh to help develop a vaccine
The University of Pittsburgh ’s Center for Vaccine Research could have a specimen from the deadly SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus within the week in an effort by the world-renowned research institution to help create a vaccine. Pitt, where Dr. Jonas Salk created the polio vaccine, is one of the country’s leading biomedical research centers. The Center for Vaccine Research on the Pitt campus is designed to safely and efficiently handle some of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases. It’s the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Pitt receives CDC approval to bring coronavirus to Pittsburgh to help develop a vaccine
The University of Pittsburgh ’s Center for Vaccine Research could have a specimen from the deadly SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus within the week in an effort by the world-renowned research institution to help create a vaccine. Pitt, where Dr. Jonas Salk created the polio vaccine, is one of the country’s leading biomedical research centers. The Center for Vaccine Research on the Pitt campus is designed to safely and efficiently handle some of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases. It’s the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Republic of Congo Steps Up Polio Vaccination in Border Region
[WHO] Republic of Congo steps up polio vaccination in border region (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 11, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Should Bring Out the Best in Humanity
Pandemics are perversely democratic. They’re nasty, lethal and sneaky, but they don’t discriminate. No matter your age, ethnicity, religion, gender, or nation, you’re a part of the pathogenic constituency. That shared vulnerability, and the resulting human collectivism—a universal response to a universal threat—is newly and vividly evident in the face of the now-global outbreak of the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV. As of writing, there have been over 30,000 diagnosed cases and over 630 related deaths. A virus that emerged in a single city, Wuhan, China—indeed, in a single crowded ...
Source: TIME: Health - February 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Licensure of a Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus influenzae Type b Conjugate, and Hepatitis B Vaccine, and Guidance for Use in Infants
A new combination vaccine to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Haemphilus influenzae type b disease, and hepatitis B has been licensed, but won't be available before 2021. (Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 6, 2020 Category: American Health Tags: Diphtheria Vaccination Hepatitis B Vaccination MMWR Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report Pertussis Vaccination Tetanus Vaccination Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and Specific Vaccines Whooping cough Source Type: news

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is Now a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Here ’s What That Means
The World Health Organization (WHO) took the rare step Thursday of declaring a novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). But what does that actually mean? The WHO defines a PHEIC as an “extraordinary event” that “constitute[s] a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease” and “potentially require[s] a coordinated international response.” Since that framework was defined in 2005—two years after another coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), spread through ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized 2019-nCoV public health Source Type: news

Local nonprofit sending aid to China in face of coronavirus outbreak
A Pittsburgh foundation is sending help to Wuhan, China, the city where the contagious and deadly coronavirus was first traced. Brother's Brother Foundation, a 61-year-old aid agency that started more than 60 years ago to help end polio and smallpox, is sending donated medical supplies and protective equipment, according to a release. Locally, BBF is working with the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center and the Asian Studie s cCenter at the University of Pittsburgh to ensure the aid will get where… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mike Larson Source Type: news

Nigeria: Germany Pledges More Support for Nigeria's Effort in Polio Eradication
[This Day] Abuja -The German government has said that it will continue to support Nigeria's efforts in the eradication of polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: The German Government Expresses Satisfaction With Nigeria's Efforts in Polio Eradication
[WHO] Abuja 20 January, 2020 - Having achieved the milestone of reaching three years without a reporting of case of wild poliovirus, The German Government represented by members of its Parliament expressed satisfaction with the progress in Polio Eradication in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 21, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Over Five Million Children Get Polio Vaccine
[ANGOP] Luanda -At least five million children were vaccinated in the country in 2019 to fight poliomyelitis during the campaigns promoted by the Ministry of Health, said last Friday in Luanda, the minister S ílvia Lutucuta. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fighting Polio: What Happened In 2019 And What Is Next
Last year, 2019, was a good news-bad news year for polio eradication efforts. What's good and bad depends on whether you are a human or the polio virus. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

Ghana: Polio Recorded in 3 Regions ... 2 Die, 1 in Critical Condition
[Ghanaian Times] Sunyani -Three cases of poliomyelitis with two deaths have been recorded in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: The Ibadan National Poliovirus Laboratory - a Symbolic Icon in Nigeria's War Against Polio
[WHO] Standing at two stories tall and strategically tucked away in a silent corner of the University College Hospital, Ibadan The National oliovirus laboratory can be described as a symbolic icon in Nigeria's fight against polio. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - January 9, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Tuesday ’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and - celebrating stolen art
Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tuesday ’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing
Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Spread of polio still an international public health concern
The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - January 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Complacency Could Delay Polio Eradication
[The Herald] Villyen Motaze and Melinda Suchard Correspondents (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 7, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global polio eradication falters in the final stretch
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - January 2, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Roberts, L. Tags: Medicine, Diseases, Scientific Community In Depth Source Type: news

Nigeria: Count Down Polio Eradication - ARCC Concludes Verification of Documentation in Southern Nigeria.
[WHO] Abuja, 27 December 2019 - In the final lap of certifying Nigeria, a polio-free country, the African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for the eradication of poliomyelitis gave a vote of confidence that Southern Nigeria is on the right path to being polio free. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 30, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Intervention - Kano Plans for Facilities' Sustenance
[Daily Trust] Stakeholders in Polio and Routine Immunization in Kano state have promised to sustain the facilities used during the poliomyelitis eradication routine immunization campaign with a view to making future exercises smooth and effective. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Quality Immunization and Surveillance Help Stop Polio Outbreaks in Three African Countries - Who
[UN News] Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 24, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Somalia: Relief As No New Cases of Polio Reported in Somalia Since May 2019
[Dalsan Radio] The Somalia Polio Programme has not confirmed any new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in children with acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) since 8 May 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 24, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Quality immunization and surveillance help stop polio outbreaks in three African countries: WHO
Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa: Three African Countries Halt Polio Outbreaks
[WHO] Brazzaville -Kenya, Mozambique and Niger have curbed polio outbreaks that erupted in different episodes over the past 24 months, allowing them to regain their polio-free status, World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 23, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Two Police Escorting Polio Vaccinators Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Two Police Escorting Polio Vaccinators
Gunmen shot and killed two police officers escorting a polio vaccination team on Wednesday forcing a suspension of the immunization campaign in a district of northwest Pakistan, where the crippling disease is endemic.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Africa: Polio This Week As of 11 December 2019
[ANGOP] In the run up to the WPV certification of the African region next year, the Africa Regional Certification Commission is currently conducting a visit in Nigeria to analyze and verify the accuracy of the certification documents prepared by the Nigerian Government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 19, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Vaccine Preventable Diseases-Key Role of Traditional Birth Attendants, the Unsung Heroes
[WHO] Abuja, 18 December, 2019 - Mrs Mojisola Shotola is a Government trained traditional birth attendant (TBA) with over 40 years of experience and a force to be reckoned with, in the fight against polio and other vaccine preventable diseases in her community. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 19, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Delta Remains Polio-Free Since 2010 - Okowa
[Premium Times] Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Tuesday reaffirmed the state government's commitment towards ensuring that the state remained Polio-free. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New Oral Polio Vaccine to Bypass Key Clinical Trials
Health officials are rushing a genetically engineered product into the field to counter uncontained outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - December 17, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Malaysia to Work With UNICEF on Polio Vaccination in Sabah State Malaysia to Work With UNICEF on Polio Vaccination in Sabah State
Malaysia's health authorities on Sunday said they are working with UNICEF to bring polio vaccines to the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, where the country's first polio case in nearly three decades was detected last week.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - December 17, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Malaysia to work with UNICEF on polio vaccination in Sabah state
Malaysia's health authorities on Sunday said they are working with UNICEF to bring polio vaccines to the state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo, where the country's first polio case in nearly three decades was detected last week. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The Iron Lung Was Just An Engineer ’s Side Project
The iron lung defined a generation's experience with polio. Today, its metal bulk embodies the horror of the disease, but in the 1950s, it saved hundreds of lives. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 13, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kiona N. Smith, Contributor Source Type: news

One Boy's Battle Back From Mysterious Polio-Like Illness
THURSDAY, Dec. 12, 2019 -- Last October, 15-year-old Alec Woodruff developed a strange-sounding cough. Less than a week later, he was fighting for his life in the hospital, partially paralyzed and with a tube in his throat attached to a ventilator... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 12, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Malaysia Reports First Case of Polio Since 1992 Malaysia Reports First Case of Polio Since 1992
A 3-month-old Malaysian infant has been diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in nearly three decades, a top health official said on Sunday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - December 10, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Africa: Polio Eradication - Africa Regional Certification Commission Begins Verification Visit to Nigeria
[WHO] Abuja, 07 December 2019 - The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for poliomyelitis eradication kicks off, a two-week visit to Nigeria on 09 December 2019, to conduct critical analysis and verify the accuracy of the certification documents prepared by the Nigerian Government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 10, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dirty vaccines are proof that the RISKS outweigh the benefits – a look into the health repercussions from vaccines over the past 75 years
(Natural News) Many people still believe today that Dr. Jonas Salk was the “God” of cult pharmacology because he invented the polio vaccine. But did he? In actuality, all he did was conduct illegal medical experiments on mental patients, while the steady decline of mortality from infectious diseases was instantly (and falsely) credited to him... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Angola: Luanda to Launch Polio Immunisation Campaign
[ANGOP] Luanda -Luanda province will launch one more round of polio vaccination campaign on 13-15 December, announced the health officials. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Somalia: The First Phase of a Nationwide Integrated Polio and Measles Vaccination Ends in Somalia, Achieves High Coverage
[Dalsan Radio] The first phase of a nationwide integrated polio and measles vaccination campaign has concluded in Somalia having achieved high coverage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 9, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaysia vaccinating for polio after first case in 27 years
Malaysia has begun a vaccination campaign in a rural town on Borneo island after a 3-month-old boy was confirmed to have polio in the country's first case of the highly infectious virus in 27 years (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Eradication - African Commission Begins Verification Visit to Nigeria
[Premium Times] The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for poliomyelitis eradication will on Monday begin to assess if Nigeria has successfully eradicated wild poliovirus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 9, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malaysia reports first case of polio since 1992
A three-month-old Malaysian infant has been diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in nearly three decades, a top health official said on Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio Eradication - Nigeria Hopeful As Certification Process Begins
[Premium Times] Polio experts have said if Nigeria sustains its current trend of not detecting or reporting any new case of wild polio virus, Nigeria and Africa at large should be certified polio free before the end of 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Complacency Could Delay the Final Push to Eradicate Polio
[The Conversation Africa] Great strides have been made in the global effort to eradicate polio. Reported cases of wild poliovirus have decreased by over 99% from an estimated 350,000 cases in 1988 to 33 in 2018. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 5, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Polio - WHO Official Applauds Nigeria's Achievement, Urges More Efforts
[Vanguard] Dr. Pascal Mkanda, Coordinator, Polio Eradication Programme, at World Health Organisation (WHO), Africa Regional Office, has commended the Nigerian Government over its achievements in the area of Polio eradication. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 5, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO now openly admitting that vaccines cause more polio than actual wild virus
(Natural News) The World Health Organization (WHO) is finally coming clean about the fact that oral polio vaccines, which government officials claim prevent polio infection, are actually spreading polio all throughout Africa. Nigeria, Congo, Central African Republic, and Angola are all reporting new cases of polio caused by the oral polio vaccine, which is causing children... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sudan: Anti-Polio Eradication Campaign Launched in W. Kordofan
[SNA] Al-Fula -The partial campaign of vaccination against polio and Vitamin(A) deficiency was launched Monday allover localities of West Kordofan State. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 3, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: WHO Supports Angola's Government Efforts to End Polio Outbreak
[WHO] The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are supporting the efforts of the Angolan Government to end a polio outbreak that started in May this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - December 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Marilyn Saviola, Disability Rights Advocate, Is Dead at 74
Polio left her in a wheelchair. It also started her on a lifelong fight to change perceptions and break down real-world obstacles. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Neil Genzlinger Tags: Saviola, Marilyn Deaths (Obituaries) Disabilities Independence Care System Disabled in Action Source Type: news

Polio outbreaks in Africa caused by mutation of strain in vaccine
New cases of highly infectious disease that should be ‘consigned to the history books’ reported in Nigeria, the DRC, CAR and AngolaNew cases of polio linked to the oral vaccine have been reported in four African countries and more children are now being paralysed by vaccine-derived viruses than those infected by viruses in the wild, according to global health numbers.The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners identified nine new cases caused by the vaccine in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic and Angola last week. Along with seven other African countries with outbreak...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 28, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Edna Mohamed Tags: Global development Polio Infectious diseases Health Medical research Children Africa Nigeria Democratic Republic of the Congo Central African Republic Angola Source Type: news