This week is World Immunization Week, which aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Dr Sadia Shakoor, Editor of Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines, discusses the challenges faced by immunization programs and the problems, such as education and delivery, which still need to be overcome.
Monthly Archives: April 2017
Malaria has been a public health problem in Lao PDR for decades but due to government and stakeholders’ efforts, malaria cases are now significantly reduced with sustained satisfactory levels according to the malaria elimination global health agenda, announced by the World Health Organization.
This blog, co-authored by Jeffrey Lazarus & Kelly Safreed-Harmon, discusses some of the public health issues featuring prominently at EASL’s International Liver Congress.
Jeffrey V. Lazarus files a dispatch from Amsterdam, where the International Liver Congress is underway.
For the most appropriate profile picture on social media channels; ask someone else to choose, argues a study in Cognitive Research. Here, Community Manager Dan Caley (who selects his own profile pictures) discusses this research and its implications in an age of so many different digital personalities.
Athena SWAN is a powerful intervention to advance gender equality. In this interview with Dr Liz Hoffman, Journal Development Manager at BioMed Central for Health Research Policy and Systems, Dr Pavel Ovseiko follows on from the recent article published in Health Research Policy and Systems and argues that in setting Athena SWAN goals institutions need to be both ambitious and realistic.
World Health Day is held every year on April 7th. To mark the occasion we invited Issam Bennis, first author of a new study published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty, to tell us about his research which explores the psychosocial impact of cutaneous leishmaniasis scars in adolescent students living in an endemic area in Morocco.
Rebuilding Timor-Leste: a framework for evaluation of different aid interventions in a challenging health system
Aid management modalities matter in achieving results and rebuilding health systems. An article recently published in Global Health Research and Policy, provides a theory driven approach to compare and evaluate different aid management modalities and their compliance with the agreed principles of aid effectiveness.
From the 4-6 April 2017, the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN) is hosting the first Regional Conference for central and eastern Europe and central Asia in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference is called “Harm Reduction in the New Environment” and brings together diverse representatives of governments and government agencies, NGOs and PWUD communities, as well as experts, donors, and representatives of international organizations. Featured prominently on the 2nd and 3rd days is the European Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) and its focus on integrated care and financing harm reduction services. Here HA-REACT steering committee member Jeffrey Lazarus shares thoughts from the conference.