This week, the U.S. government announced our commitment to help 30 countries help themselves to do a better job with health promotion, disease prevention, early detection and rapid response. In a globalized world, everyone's health is intertwined.
A Ugandan scientist has developed a rapid diagnostic test that can detect Ebola proteins in less than five minutes at the point of care in the community. This is the first rapid diagnostic test that is able to detect various strains of the Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Chimpanzees in the wild are under threat of massive human encroachment into their environments.
Comfort Kollie remembers the day she was discharged from International Medical Corps' Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) like it was yesterday. "It was a Friday," she says. "Someone came in [to the ETU and asked,] "Where is Comfort? You are Ebola-free today.'"
On Saturday, all being well, the World Health Organization will declare Sierra Leone Ebola-free. It comes after a long, tense, 42-day countdown, and an even longer fight to curb the spread of Ebola.
Differences in infectious diseases between women and men are commonly thought to develop from lifestyle choices ranging from food choices, day-to-day activities, type of occupation, choosing to smoke, or even whether you choose to see a medical professional when you get sick.
We cannot overcome the complicated by turning a blind eye to it. We cannot let our inability to help everyone prevent us from helping someone. Rather, we must let "the better angels of our nature" -- as Lincoln described them -- continue to drive the American character.
Panic may grab people's attention for a little while, but it's not a sustainable basis of support for sensible policy. Portraying the natural world as a seething hotbed of viruses poised to invade humanity, and implying that we are helpless in their path, is not just plain wrong--it's dangerously wrong.
This week, The Pollination Project celebrates recent grantees whose work allows people to understand one another in new ways.
Tremendous progress has been undoubtedly made in the fight against Ebola, but has the world done enough to address today's diseases endemic to the region, such as malaria, or tomorrow's next infectious contagion? I am not so sure.
Even a temporary period of poverty puts a child at risk of lifelong disadvantage. So when 39 percent of our children are being exposed to such harm, that is a public health crisis -- quite possibly the most serious one this country has ever faced.
It took a coordinated response from the Department of Health and Human Services and partners around the government to fight this epidemic. Those efforts have made us better prepared than we were a year ago.
Photo credit: Muso This is a guest post by Dr. Ari Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Muso. Last year, Mali rapidly shut down its Ebol...
As you hear a lot of talk in the news about a potential government shutdown, make sure you understand exactly what's at stake in the broader budget debate.
In the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, it is essential to improve hospital access and clinical infrastructure.