Bold questions on child mortality; remarkable new data on the lifesaving MenAfriVac™ vaccine; disease modeling (yet another reason to love math); and more. Here are some global health stories we found particularly interesting this week.
Step by step: the path to ending child mortality
GlobalPost, September 5, 2013
They’re not the first to ask (we do it every day), and they won’t be the last, but that’s as it should be—this week, an interactive special report from GlobalPost poses the question: What will it take to go the last mile, and end preventable child deaths?
The online report augments in-depth reporting with graphics, film, and photography to dig into what works—and doesn’t—in the fight against child mortality. It’s never easy to understand the tragedy of child death, but the report begins by making it simpler to visualize key data on its causes and impact worldwide. It goes on to explore the complexities and challenges confronting not only children and communities, but the global efforts working to save their lives.
Chad: Meningitis Vaccine Cuts Cases By 94 Per Cent
AllAfrica, September 12, 2013
A study published this week in The Lancet found that the MenAfriVac™ vaccine, developed through a partnership led by PATH and the World Health Organization, reduced the incidence of disease in Chad, West Africa, by 94 percent following a mass immunization campaign.
Simulating the spread of disease
Scientific American, September 9, 2013
In the early stages of a disease outbreak, health officials have pressing questions. Where will cases emerge next? How many people will become sick? How can the spread be controlled? But data are sparse, especially in the first days and weeks. This is when researchers who use mathematical models to study diseases come in. Modeling isn’t data, but it allows users to leverage the data that is available—no matter how limited—to help public health experts and scientists predict, understand, and prevent disease.
Old medium, new connections: community radio in Bangalore
New Yorker, September 5, 2013
In Bangalore, India, radio is a powerful and wide-reaching platform not only to entertain, but to inform and empower a wide variety of listeners, including some of the community’s most marginalized people.