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Community-based Surveys are Informing Local Cessation Smoking Campaigns for Indigenous Australians

Australia is a global leader in tobacco control, with a continuous comprehensive strategy initiated in the late 1980s that includes advertising restrictions, price increases, plain packaging, and mass media campaigns. However, after three decades, limited progress has occurred with regard to smoking prevalence among Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Cigarette smoking prevalence among Read More >

Posted on by Alyson Wright, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National UniversityLeave a comment

World Birth Defects Day 2018 Raises Global Awareness of Birth Defects

Every year, millions of babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect. In many countries, birth defects are one of the leading causes of death in babies and young children. Babies who survive and live with these conditions are at an increased risk for long-term disabilities and other health problems. The fourth Read More >

Posted on by Margaret A. Honein, Ph.D, M.P.H., Acting Director, Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental DisabilitiesLeave a commentTags ,

Looking Ahead to a Measles and Rubella Free World

Robert Linkins, MPH, PhD

Vaccines fight diseases and save lives. Think of achievements like smallpox eradication, a polio-free world close at hand, and 2-3 million deaths prevented each year through routine immunizations. Yet despite a safe and effective vaccine against measles and rubella, these deadly viruses continue to steal the health and lives of children all over the world. Read More >

Posted on by Robert Linkins, MPH, PhDLeave a comment

Making some noise about noncommunicable diseases in Rwanda

We weren’t sure what to expect when the Rwanda Biomedical Center requested a training for their noncommunicable disease (NCD) program managers. We had never delivered this particular curriculum before, but after three months of preparation, our journey from Atlanta began. After landing in the capital Kigali, we faced a bumpy three-hour drive into the mountains Read More >

Posted on by Kristy Joseph, MA, CDC Global NCD BranchLeave a comment

CDC Protects People from Disease Threats and Outbreaks in the U.S. and Around the World

This blog was originally published on Global Health Council’s The Collective Voice on June 16, 2017. Opinion polls show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the federal government’s most admired and trusted agencies. Since its founding in 1946, CDC’s history as America’s premier public health agency has been tightly intertwined Read More >

Posted on by Carmen Villar, MSW, Center for Global Health Deputy Director for Policy and CommunicationsLeave a comment

Laboratory Tests in the Fight to Save Sight

Trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis, is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. Repeated infections cause the eyelid to turn inward, at which point the eyelashes scrape and permanently scar the cornea. At one time, trachoma was endemic in parts of Europe and the United States. Trachoma Read More >

Posted on by Diana Martin, PhD (Microbiologist, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria)2 Comments

A Ray of Hope for a Better-Prepared Ethiopia

Working alongside an EIS officer and an FETP resident on an investigation in Konso, Ethiopia, 2015.

I have called Ethiopia home for the past five years – it is a country that is very close to my heart. I was moved to humanitarian work by images of the famine when I was in college and subsequently adopted my daughter from here. As we face our worst drought in 50 years, I Read More >

Posted on by Lucy Boulanger, DGHP Program Director, EthiopiaLeave a commentTags ,

Antimicrobial Resistance—A Global Imperative

Antibiotics were the superhero of the 20th century—saving millions of lives around the world from bacterial infections including pneumonia, foodborne illness, and healthcare associated infections. However, microbes can evolve to resist the effects of drugs that prevent and treat a range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Antibiotic resistance is a natural Read More >

Posted on by Benjamin J. Park, MD3 CommentsTags , , , ,

The State of the World’s Antibiotics: Resistance Rates Rising, Stewardship is the Solution

Antibiotic resistance is a problem that must be faced squarely in every country in 2015. The good news is that every country can take action and these national actions will benefit the local population. That’s the conclusion my colleagues and I at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) were proud to release Read More >

Posted on by Ramanan Laxminarayan5 CommentsTags ,

The Global Health Legacy of Nelson Mandela

  The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. As His Excellency President Zuma stated, though this was expected, we are still feeling much pain. The world is without question a better place because of Nelson Mandela. He taught us forgiveness, service to others, dignity and integrity, and commitment to justice. His vision for Read More >

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