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India is currently on track to become the country hardest hit by COVID-19 as cases reach five million. Read more here
Fantastic article written by A/Prof Adam Kamradt-Scott on the issues faced with the COVAX initiative and government back-room deals to secure vaccines for their own country.
The Global Health Security Network is thrilled to announce its first policy report written by Dr Jennifer S. Hunt.
The COVID-19 Pandemic vs Post-Truth
A must read!
The World Health Organisation has declared Africa as free of the Polio Virus after decades of effort to suppress. A huge milestone for the continent. To read more please visit https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53887947
DFAT have released the latest statement from AUSMIN 2020 on Global Health Security.
The text of the following statement is released by the Governments of the United States of America and Australia regarding progress towards health security cooperation to be discussed at the 2020 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to be held on 28 July.
“At no other time in recent history has collaboration been more critical to prevent, prepare and respond to the collective threat posed by infectious diseases and pandemics. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governments of the United States and Australia are taking joint action to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, including those of zoonotic (animal) origin particularly the Indo-Pacific region. COVID-19 is just one example of the rising trend of diseases caused by viruses that have jumped from animal hosts into the human population. The bilateral partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) remains vital to preventing the risks of future infectious diseases outbreaks and pandemics and their devastating health, economic and social costs.
Recognising that much pivotal work remains to be done to strengthen and accelerate capacity building for health security in the Indo-Pacific, the United States and Australia remain deeply committed to transparency, accountability and collaboration in this area. This includes commitment to a One Health approach that fosters cooperation between environmental conservation, human health, animal health and plant health.
On the occasion of AUSMIN 2020, and in support of the goals of the United States Global Health Security Strategy and Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region, our two governments reaffirm our strong partnership, and welcome strengthened cooperation throughout 2020 and beyond, by way of a joint plan of activities including:
These activities will continue to expand Indo-Pacific health security engagement and capacity building and build on the significant progress achieved under this bilateral multi-sectoral partnership over the last two years. We welcome in particular the focus on the Pacific where, in response to the vulnerabilities of Pacific Island countries, Australia and the United States have successfully collaborated to:
Australia and the United States have demonstrated their commitment to transparency and accountability in global health security over the past twelve months by:
The United States and Australia look forward to continuing to work together bilaterally, and regionally including in relevant regional organizations, and in international forums, to promote an Indo-Pacific region that is safe and secure from the threats posed by infectious diseases and to reduce the risks of future pandemics. There has never been a more vital time to strengthen global health security.”
Call for applications
Literature reviews and research gap analysis on social determinants of urban health: how social and gender dynamics in a COVID-19 context affect the prevention and control of infectious diseases of poverty
Deadline for applications: 14 August 2020 (17:00 CET)
Institutions from low and middle-income countries (LMICs) working on public health, urban health, implementation research and infectious disease prevention and control are invited to submit individual or collaborative proposals where two or more institutions are forming a consortium.
Proposals must include the production of a series of literature reviews. Applicants may wish to consider organizing a virtual consultation (e.g. eDelphi exercise) using these reviews to determine research gaps.
The overall objective of this work is to synthesize and consolidate evidence from a series of literature reviews /state-of-the-art scoping reviews that will inform TDR’s research agenda on urban health, infectious disease and gender research, including in COVID-19 and post COVID-19 scenarios. The work is expected to be completed by October 2021. View a list of possible themes and topics which reviews could focus on. These are provided as a guide and applicants may suggest different titles. However, preference will be given to closely related topics. Each applicant is expected to conduct a maximum of two literature reviews.
Applications are welcome from research institutions based in low- and middle-income countries in all WHO Regions. Applications must demonstrate an understanding of intersectionality applied to public health and specifically to infectious diseases of poverty in urban settings. Research groups, networks or consortia from more than two countries working in low- and middle-income countries within WHO Regions are eligible to apply.
For complete information about this call, please go to: https://www.who.int/tdr/grants/calls/social-determinants-urban-health/en/
For other TDR grant opportunities, please go to: https://www.who.int/tdr/grants/en/
One of the most successful ways of managing the COVID-19 pandemic is to test as many patients as possible in a timely manner. Most test results can take up to 48 hours to receive in the meantime the patient must self isolate.
A new study has suggested a spit test could be the future for COVID-19 testing. The BBC has investigated this further:
Latest results have shown that a coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford has shown positive results in triggering an immune response to COVID-19.
Read the latest article from the BBC https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53469839
Many of the iconic figures who have pioneered the global response to HIV/AIDS over the past four decades are worried. Anthony Fauci, Peter Piot, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Salim Abdool Karim—and many others—see rising threats to the remarkable historical gains achieved in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. This risk of regression grows out of many factors: complacency, barriers to reaching vulnerable and marginalized populations, distractions, the power of the HIV virus in the absence of a vaccine or cure, and now the colossal force of the coronavirus pandemic.
HIV/AIDS leaders, joined with people living with the threat of HIV/AIDS in the American South, South Africa, and Ukraine, open the first episode of The Pandemic Paradox - HIV on the Edge.
Watch the Opening chapter here