Global Health News:
Cancer, climate change, re-emerging diseases to dominate research this year
The WHO reports that 47 (out of 54) African countries (87 per cent) have reported emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases since 1997.
Workshop inaugurates surveillance project on human and animal diseases in Kenya
A variety of zoonotic diseases afflict Kenyan livestock and the people who raise them. Using a modified prioritization tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, experts in human and animal health in 2015 identified five priority zoonotic diseases in Kenya: anthrax, trypanosomiasis, rabies, brucellosis and Rift Valley fever.
Vaccine stockouts expose Kenyans to rabies
Two of the tried and proven methods of controlling rabies are vaccinating dogs or people. Rabies, a disease transmitted by dogs and is fatal when the bitten person develops clinical signs, has been in Kenya for the last 100 years, and kills at least 2,000 people every year in the country. However, stockouts of the life-saving vaccines are being experienced in the counties for as long as nine months.
Mass vaccination of dogs set to eliminate rabies
A global initiative that seeks to eliminate the rabies virus - Rabies Free Africa - is set to vaccinate two million dogs in East Africa.
Why "World Rabies Day" is important
The queue in the center of Shirati Sota village in northern Tanzania begins to form at around 8 a.m. and continues to grow throughout the day. Children, mostly boys, bring the dogs. Women tend to bring cats, usually inside sacks. As they arrive all at once, a newly appointed rabies coordinator struggles to keep the group in an orderly fashion, with dogs, unaccustomed to their twine leashes or metal chain, picking fights with one another. Despite a tedious wait in the tropical heat, no one leaves. By the end of the day more than 350 dogs and cats will be vaccinated – job done.
Mobile phone-based surveillance for animal disease in rural communities: implications for detection of zoonoses spillover
Improving the speed of outbreak detection and reporting at the community level are critical in managing the threat of emerging infectious diseases, many of which are zoonotic. The widespread use of mobile phones, including in rural areas, constitutes a potentially effective tool for real-time surveillance of infectious diseases
In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections
Overuse of the medicines is not just a problem in rich countries. Throughout the developing world antibiotics are dispensed with no prescription required.
Scientists prospect Zika and MERS scourge in Kenya
As the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) Annual Scientific and Health Conference concluded last Friday, infectious disease expert Njenga Kariuki made a startling revelation during his keynote speech.
New joint commitment of GAVI and WSU to eliminate human suffering due to rabies
Expanding on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) commitment to end human rabies deaths by 2030, the Global Alliance Vaccine Initiative (GAVI) is expanding access to human rabies vaccines for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to provide equitable access to human rabies prevention following a suspected dog bite
How to end human deaths from rabies: lessons from Kenya
A discussion of issues surrounding animal and human vaccination programs and the improvement of education and public awareness.
Humans, livestock in Kenya linked in sickness and in health
Though researchers have long suspected a link between the health of farmers and their families in sub-Saharan Africa and the health of their livestock, a team of veterinary and economic scientists has quantified the relationship for the first time in a study.