A key recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s response is making polio-vaccination documents mandatory for anyone travelling out of ten countries in regions where polio has been detected recently. The proposal is part of efforts to achieve the global goal of eradicating polio by 2018. But it would also be one more barrier for migrants — especially those fleeing armed conflict or human rights violations. A possible solution is vaccination facilities for refugees and others forced to migrate. more>>
While great strides are being made to halt the spread of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, women and girls continue to bear a disproportionate and unacceptable burden of the disease. A new public-private partnership agreement between the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product developer, and the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, a major research-based pharmaceutical company – could help address this and ensure women have the tools to protect themselves from infection. more>>
Just weeks before the start of the World Cup, Brazil was responding to concerns that international visitors could get infected with dengue fever and bring the disease back to their home nations.
“This year, dengue transmission has been much more significant in Sao Paulo than in other years,” says Nancy Marcal Bastos de Souza, a biologist who works with the city authorities. “We spray neighborhoods where we have a confirmed case of someone contracting dengue so we know there are dengue-carrying mosquitoes there,” she says. more>>