The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done an amazing job in targeting diseases for eradication, and the world is very close to getting rid of polio altogether, in part because the Gateses in recent years have given their support to the effort, which began in 1988.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, including one reported in Japan in 2008, have spread to countries around the world, infecting more than 100 million people a year, in part because symptoms have become harder to detect, the World Health Organization says.
The World Health Organization reported that babies born in the U.S. are more likely to die in their first month of life than are babies born in 40 other countries, including South Korea, Cuba, Malaysia, Lithuania, Poland and Israel. (more)
Two reports released Friday are critical of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic—which was dubbed “exaggeration on stilts”—as well as the fact that some WHO scientists had previously been on the payroll of big drug companies.
Going after HIV with antiretroviral drugs as soon after infection as possible could significantly slow the spread of the virus, according to epidemiologist Brian Williams. One familiar challenge in implementing this strategy, however, lies in getting people to agree to be tested.
As his country teeters on the brink of collapse, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his information minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, are pointing fingers at the U.K. as the source of the recent cholera outbreak that has killed hundreds in the African nation.
Abortions were already illegal in Nicaragua, but today a law passed removing an exception in the previous law, which allowed a woman to obtain an abortion legally with the approval of three doctors who confirmed that the woman’s life was in danger. Many conservatives in government advocated 30-year prison terms for women who terminate their pregnancies and the doctors who perform the abortions, but the stricter prison terms did not pass. Currently the punishment is a six-year prison term. An estimated 32,000 illegal abortions are performed in Nicaragua each year.
After two years and roughly $200 million expended, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects to complete only 20 out of 142 primary health centers. The World Health Organization’s rep calls it “shocking.”