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Africa CDC head is driving a new public health agenda on the continent

March 12, 2020 – Africa faces a range of public health challenges, from infectious diseases such as cholera, malaria, Ebola, HIV, and more recently, coronavirus, to a growing burden of chronic diseases. Other problems in Africa, including poverty, armed conflicts, and government…

We rely on fossil fuels—but ‘they’re killing us’

Air pollution is killing almost 8.8 million people each year—more annual deaths than tobacco smoking, HIV, and vector-borne illnesses such as malaria and dengue, according to a new study from a European research team. The authors of the paper called air pollution…

Can repurposing the drug ivermectin help control malaria?

Researchers are increasingly intrigued by the prospect of using ivermectin, a drug normally used to treat parasitic worms, as a way of controlling mosquito populations to drive down malaria rates, according to news reports. Regina Rabinovich, ExxonMobil Malaria Scholar in Residence at…

Stephen Marks, Dyann Wirth named AAAS Fellows

Professors Stephen Marks and Dyann Wirth of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Marks, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights in the Department of Global…

Can the world eradicate malaria by 2050?

October 21, 2019 –For public health practitioners, malaria is a daunting foe. More than 200 million people become sick with it annually, and more than 400,000 people die from it each year, many of whom are children under the age of 5.…

Could wildfires in the Amazon drive malaria rates up?

Current wildfires burning in the Amazon could have a widespread impact on public health, according to experts. A September 17, 2019 article by DirectRelief discussed the potential environmental and health effects associated with the wildfires. Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography at…

Sex, Drugs & Mosquitoes

To stop malaria, Flaminia Catteruccia wants to medicate—not annihilate—the world’s mosquitoes.