A biopharmaceutical company has permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fast-track the approval process for benznidazole, a drug used to treat Chagas disease, raising concern that the drug would become even more inaccessible for vulnerable populations across Latin America.
The end of the Guinea worm disease appears imminent, with just 25 cases reported in 2016 and the number of affected countries dropping from four to three, according to the Carter Center. Mali reported no cases last year, leaving Chad, Ethiopia and South Sudan as the last places in the world where the disease exists.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order to provide free access to contraceptives for 6 million women in an effort to reduce poverty, the Department of Health Commission on Population announced in a press release Wednesday.
A vaccine developed by Merck is the first shown to be highly effective in preventing human infection with Ebola, according to final results from a clinical trial. Among 5,837 people who received the rVSV-EBOV vaccine in the trial in Guinea in 2015, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination, signaling 100 percent protection.
Continuous skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding benefit premature children more than incubator care, according to a new study from Colombia. Those gains do not disappear over time. The world’s oldest technology is the best way to help premature babies immediately after birth and it has long-lasting benefits.
The populations most vulnerable to malaria – pregnant women and children in sub-Saharan Africa – have seen markedly greater access to effective malaria control in recent years, according to a new report.
The controversial Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has started work to expand health-care access in low-income countries through its nonprofit Novartis Foundation. The expansion into a role that builds health systems is stirring all kinds of questions.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took another step in recognizing the failures of the U.N. during the cholera outbreak in Haiti. He apologized in remarks delivered in Creole, English and French for not doing enough, but did mention the U.N.’s role in causing the outbreak.
Health workers are using a new technology in Bolivia to better track the location and eradication efforts of the Chagas disease.
By David J. Olson When Harald Nusser first walked into the waiting room of the hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia…