Global health news in a week of heavy weather

Our sympathies and best wishes for recovery go out to all affected by the superstorm that slammed into the East Coast of the United States this week. Our thoughts are with you. In other parts of the world, there was some good news, including Malawi’s introduction of vaccine against the leading cause of diarrheal disease.

Malawi: government to protect thousands of children’s lives with rotavirus vaccine

allAfrica, October 29, 2012

Malawi has become the latest in a growing number of African countries to introduce rotavirus vaccine into its national immunization program, offering its children the best possible protection against the primary cause of severe and fatal diarrhea. Read the article.

An infant receives vaccine against rotavirus in Sudan, which introduced the vaccine in late 2011. Photo: PATH/Doune Porter.

New drugs underused in averting maternal deaths

Inter Press Service, October 26, 2012

In most developing countries, where a woman gives birth still determines whether she lives or dies, despite the availability of inexpensive new medication that is proven to save lives. Read the article.

New UN “atlas” links evidence for climate change on spread of disease

The Washington Post, October 29, 2012

Two UN agencies have mapped the intersection of health and climate in an age of global warming, showing that there are spikes in meningitis when dust storms hit and outbreaks of dengue fever when hard rains come. Read the article.

Malaria drug subsidies: good idea or wrong path?

National Public Radio, October 31, 2012

A month ago we wrote about results from an experiment in getting the most effective malaria drugs to more people who need them in Africa. The idea was to subsidize the cost of drugs, sometimes to a price point below their wholesale cost, and make them more widely available. Now the findings, presented publicly at a meeting in Washington, have been published in The Lancet. Read the article.

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