Overcoming barriers for treating people who use drugs in an urban setting
Reaching drug users in urban contexts is as much a challenge as it is a social and health requirement. In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, Médecins Sans Frontières has developed a medical...
Defective interfering genomes and Ebola virus persistence
Michael Jacobs and colleagues (The Lancet, 2016, Vol. 388, p. 498-503) provide clinical and virological evidence of a relapse of Ebola virus disease (EVD) presenting as acute meningo-encephalitis 9...
Voices in global health: present realities, future challenges
2016 will already be remembered as a year of great setbacks in the pursuit of global health and wellbeing; mass social upheaval in the Middle East and north Africa, driven by conflict and a legacy of ...
Coincident polio and Ebola crises expose similar fault lines in the current global health regime
Caroline Abu-Sada, Philippe Calain2015
In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared two "public health emergencies of international concern", in response to the worldwide polio situation and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa...
Exploring alternative narratives: the prioritisation of polio in northern Nigeria
Tara Mangal and colleagues present compelling evidence that lends support to the suggestion that the efficacy of the oral poliovirus vaccine varies depending on its composition, thus reinforcing...
The sound of silence: global health challenges from the front
There are no sirens. Nor is the silence disrupted by the rush of feet or frantic blue lights. Instead, our enduring patients arrive at the hospital gates on foot, most having travelled for many...
From the field side of the binoculars: a different view on global public health surveillance
It is generally assumed by the donor community that the targeted funding of global, regional or cross-border surveillance programmes is an efficient way to support resource-poor countries in...
Exploring the international arena of global public health surveillance
Threats posed by new, emerging or re-emerging communicable diseases are taking a global dimension, to which the World Health Organization (WHO) Secretariat has been responding with determination...