Topic: Africa

Unraveling mosquito mating secrets for malaria prevention

A study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and University of Perugia (Italy) researchers reveals intriguing new findings about mosquito mating behavior that one day could lead to new ways to control the spread of malaria by mosquitoes. “The new…

Humanitarian response to Ebola outbreak slow, fragmented

The humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been fraught with challenges, according to Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).…

Text messages effective in treating malaria

Simple text message reminders to take medication can help malaria patients stick to their medication regimen, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The study was published…

To stop Ebola, strengthen health systems in West Africa

The current Ebola crisis spread quickly in West African countries, some of the poorest in the world, where health systems are poorly developed or dysfunctional. The best way to contain the epidemic is for the international community to make health and health…

Predicting Ebola’s spread using cell phone data

Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) epidemiologist Caroline Buckee and her team are using cell phone data to track travel patterns across West Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic. Such data—including unique cell phone “pings” from cell phone towers—can show where…

Ebola: U.S. should learn from West Africa’s response

In the weeks since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, officials have repeatedly tried to reassure Americans that this is “not West Africa.” This is a wrong-headed attitude, according to an editorial by Michelle Holmes, associate professor…

Cracking Ebola’s genetic code

Pardis Sabeti has been a leader in the effort to analyze Ebola’s genetic code and track its mutations. Sabeti, who is an associate professor in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, associate professor, Center for…

Investing in health systems may stem Ebola outbreak

A broad humanitarian response that includes investments in health care staff, medical resources, and health systems is more likely to be effective in halting the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and creating sustainable models for responding to future infectious disease outbreaks…

Ebola epidemic is stoppable

The Ebola epidemic is stoppable—if health professionals use procedures that are known to be effective in quelling such outbreaks, and by widening the international response to Ebola in West Africa, according to Atul Gawande. Writing in The New Yorker on October 3,…