Louisiana: High Rhetoric on Ebola, Low Concern for Public Health

The 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene begins in a couple days in New Orleans Louisiana. In preparation for this event the Governor of Louisiana through the Department of Health and Hospitals dis-invited any conference participant who has been to an Ebola-affected country (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone) with the… Continue reading Louisiana: High Rhetoric on Ebola, Low Concern for Public Health

Elephants Fight, Aid Cut, Grass Suffers

The impact of the international response to Uganda’s any-gay laws is starting to be seen. IRIN estimates that 37% of Uganda’s annual health budget is dependent on development aid from outside. So far, “Project and budget support worth about US$140 million has been suspended or redirected by the World Bank, US and several European countries,… Continue reading Elephants Fight, Aid Cut, Grass Suffers

Malaria Elimination in a Challenging Human Rights Environment

A new article by Wickramage and Galappaththy raises numerous challenges facing a country like Sri Lanka that is approaching malaria elimination.  Human trafficking takes people from a malaria free zone, transits them through malarious areas in West Africa, and then in this case they are rescued and returned home, some carrying malaria parasites. Other island… Continue reading Malaria Elimination in a Challenging Human Rights Environment

What’s in a Lifestyle?

The coverage has started of the big UN focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  BBC leads with a headline that states, “WHO targets non-communicable ‘lifestyle’ diseases.” Lifestyle is a facile term that may lead one to think that people have certain diseases because of choices in their lifestyle. Is poverty a lifestyle? We doubt whether people… Continue reading What’s in a Lifestyle?

If Myanmar cannot control malaria, what of Burma?

Myanmar has operated only three Global Fund Grants in its history. The Round 3 Malaria grant was terminated at Phase 1 in 2007. Two million dollars was disbursed, but no results were found in the progress report at the Global Fund website. No explanatory notes were offered. In the meantime, malaria continues unabated. Reports from… Continue reading If Myanmar cannot control malaria, what of Burma?

Workplace health – what is feasible?

Nigeria’s Daily Champion Newspaper reports that, “CHIEF Executive Officer of Friends of the Global Fund Africa (Friend Africa)- an advocacy and fund raising organization, Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba has canvassed the need for institutionalize workplace policies to ensure the protection of health and right of workers.” Participants at the 2-day Workplace Policy Workshop recognized that, “The… Continue reading Workplace health – what is feasible?

Policy reform and aid must go together

Last month the philanthropic community – government, international, corporate, donor, non-governmental and media partners – met in New York to promote “health among the world’s poorest populations.” Global Health Progress explained that this event was held to “discuss ways to strengthen partnerships toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in areas where progress has… Continue reading Policy reform and aid must go together

Human rights abuses contribute to malaria

Medecins Sans Frontieres recently listed 10 top crisis areas that highlight in many instances the interrelation between human rights abuses and poor health. Recent news on two of these areas, Zimbabwe and Burma, shows even stronger links to malaria. ZWNews quotes an IRIN report: “‘There is no food, we have malnutrition, there is cholera, now… Continue reading Human rights abuses contribute to malaria

How Does Freedom of the Press Affect Malaria?

The BBC has reported that, “The Kenya Communications Amendment Bill, which was passed by parliament, gives the state power to raid media houses and control broadcast content,” and at the same time, “Information Minister Samuel Poghisio insists that the government is committed to press freedom.” Internally, the passage of the bill has resulted in protests… Continue reading How Does Freedom of the Press Affect Malaria?

Equity for Minority Groups

The group Drive Against Malaria has focused on “malaria prevention for the Bantu and ignored Pygmy population in this difficult to reach area by distributing LLITNs and ACTs and providing diagnostical support,” in Cameroon. It is not clear whether the Pygmy areas of Cameroon were intentionally left out of national malaria control plans, but the… Continue reading Equity for Minority Groups