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COVID-19 has posed a serious additional challenge to malaria responses worldwide. More than one year into the pandemic, substantial disruptions to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services persist across the globe.

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Urgent action needed to combat ageism: UN report

Every second person in the world is believed to hold ageist attitudes – leading to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year, according to a new United Nations report on ageism.

CDC steps in as lung injury breaks out among US vapers

CDC has released updated interim clinical guidance for US health care providers evaluating and caring for patients with lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.


Kerala docs to serve India’s hinterlands

As many states, particularly those in the northern parts of the country, reel under a severe shortage of doctors, the Kerala-chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) has initiated a process of preparing a pool of doctors who are willing to serve in the rural areas in other states.


Measles upsurge

There are a few species that we would gladly see extinct. Serious disease-causing pathogens are among the select few.  Ever since the end of the 18th century, when English physician Edward Jenner first noticed that humans vaccinated with fluid from cowpox lesions developed immunity against smallpox, people have searched for new vaccines that provide protection […]

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10 million people develop TB in 2018

Around 10 million people from the low-income and marginalized populations developed TB in 2018, even though the number of new cases of TB have been declining steadily in recent years.  WHO’s latest Global TB Report highlights that the world must accelerate progress if it is to reach the Sustainable Development Goal of ending TB by […]

Women at high HIV risk can use all contraceptives: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on contraceptive use in view of the new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form of reversible contraception, including progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection. However, the guideline emphasizes that correct and consistent […]