#StayAlert Week 6: Africa Stance in Strengthening Global Health Security

“Africa is providing leadership and strengthening its health architecture to enhance global health security and address disease outbreaks…” Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres of Disease Control and Prevention Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Like other infectious… Continue Reading →

Translating the Global Health Security Goals in Nigeria, US-CDC Partners with the Nigerian Government

‘Detect’, one of the action words of the Global Health Security Agenda. There are 11 action packages compiled by the Global Health Security Agenda to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases. Four targets are outlined to promote early disease… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 5: The Emergence of Immortal Pathogens

One of the action packages of the Global Health Security Agenda is the prevention of antimicrobial resistance. The emergence of new strains of infectious diseases is a threat to public health that frustrates the existing process of combating these diseases…. Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 4: It’s not over with Ebola

The initial problem was a communication gap in health care and slow response to an outbreak. We paid dearly for this gap with the lives of thousands that died in the 2014 Ebola outbreak. With collaborative efforts and international intervention,… Continue Reading →

WHO Releases List of 12 Drug-Resistant Bacteria That Pose Health Risk

For the first time, WHO released a list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are of public health importance. The list was drawn up in a bid to guide and promote research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 3: Social Media and Health

This week, the conversation revolves around communication to promote health. Social media has been of great value, enabling easy information exchange and strengthening communication. According to report, 100 million people from Africa are on Facebook. The question is, “how can… Continue Reading →

The Next Epidemic Could Originate on the Computer Screen of a Terrorist- Bill Gates

At the ongoing 53rd edition of the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Bill Gates and other world leaders were on a panel discussion about health security. Bill Gates shared an insight on bio-terrorism and how the world needs to prepare for it. Here is… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 2: Today, A Disease-Free World is Possible

This week, there have been advances in the journey to epidemic control and disease management. From the recent study that redirected our minds to other ways to control epidemics to the 2017 report from Bill and Melinda Gates. The question… Continue Reading →

‘SuperSpreaders’ were the Drivers During the Last Ebola Outbreak

Researchers at Princeton University and Oregon State University conducted a retrospective analysis of the timing and location of 200 community burials between October 2014 and March 2015 in the urban areas around Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Using a… Continue Reading →

#StayAlert Week 1: The ‘Proclaimed’ Cure for AIDS and Other Stories

The week began with engaging conversations on the Global Health Security Agenda and relating this to present realities. Bringing this closer home, the week also brought lessons on the role of new media in health communications for progress. Let us… Continue Reading →

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