Battling tuberculosis, South Africa wins pharma-patent dispute

By Heather Bourbeau / October 5, 2018 / Comments Off on Battling tuberculosis, South Africa wins pharma-patent dispute

South Africa took on the United States over pharmaceutical patents to battle tuberculosis — and won. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of natural death in South Africa, and the patent dispute was part of the government’s campaign against the disease. This also includes a United Nations declaration calling for two major strides by 2022: to […]

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Zimbabwe crowdfunds cholera response

By Heather Bourbeau / September 7, 2018 / Comments Off on Zimbabwe crowdfunds cholera response

Zimbabwe’s finance minister took the unusual step of launching a crowdfunding campaign to fight the current cholera and typhoid outbreak. The outbreak began on September 6, and the government declared a state of emergency on September 10. As of last week, 25 people have died, while 3,766 others have received treatment. The call for support has […]

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Ebola response: More than medicine

By Heather Bourbeau / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Ebola response: More than medicine

Ebola has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a web of social issues are complicating the medical response.  According to health officials, 75 people have died and there are now 112 suspected Ebola cases in the nation’s eastern regions. Schools are particularly concerned about how to proceed, and UNICEF is scaling up their […]

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Paraguay 1, Malaria 0

By Mark A. Bonta / September 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Paraguay 1, Malaria 0

One of the world’s major killers, on the rise in many regions, is no longer a threat in Paraguay. The World Health Organization, which certified Paraguay malaria-free, primarily credits the country’s conquest of the mosquito-borne disease to its system of free public health care, and the involvement of communities. This is the first time a […]

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