- May 7, 2015
As of 30 April 2015, the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) has reported 5489 deaths and 10965 injured due to a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 Magnitude on the Richter scale, that struck Nepal on 25 April 2015.
The earthquake struck 77 kilometres (48 miles) northwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu at 0611 GMT on 25 Apr 2015, causing widespread damage, destruction and loss of lives including two dozen deaths in neighbouring countries – India, China and Bangladesh.
Of the 35 districts affected by the earthquake 13 are worst hit namely Bhaktpur, Dhading, Dolkha, Gorkha, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Makawanpur, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Rasuwa , Sindhuli and Sindupalchowk.
The MOHP is coordinating the overall response from its health operations centre in Kathmandu, with senior staff deployed to affected districts for coordination. Medical teams from multiple countries have been deployed in assistance ... Read the rest of this article
- April 13, 2015
While EEF is formally a ‘Region’ of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), it also has a role in pooling the interests of many national epidemiological societies in Europe. EEF’s most visible activity is coordination of annual conferences, hosted in turn by national societies and held in the two years between IEA triennial congresses. Conferences have greater impact and ‘permanence’ when proceedings including abstracts are published – in indexed and citable journals. While the proceedings of most EEF conferences have been published as supplements of the national journals of the societies hosting the conference, EJE has stepped in on several occasions when either there was no national journal or the national journal was unwilling to publish an English language supplement.
A new, beneficial agreement has been reached between the IEA-European Epidemiological Federation (EEF) and Springer, the leading, international publisher in the scientific, technical ... Read the rest of this article
- March 29, 2015
In 2010, imported cases of Chikungunya Fever arrived in North America for the first time. These cases were infected viremic travelers returning from India. But, the first evidence of autochthonous transmission was recorded in December 2013, in Saint Martin, a French island in the Caribbean Region. Probably, these infections are introduced in the island from people that could come from La Réunion, where the transmission has been active since 2004.
From Saint Martin, the new disease spread to several countries in the Caribbean Region. In almost 8 months autochthonous transmission has been detected in 33 countries and territories of the Americas: 27 countries and territories in the Caribbean, 3 countries in Central America, 1 country and 1 territory in South America and 1 country in North America. There were 659,367 reported cases in the region and 37 deaths.
Today, 15 months after the ... Read the rest of this article
- March 4, 2015
The United Nations is developing a list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to guide efforts to reduce poverty and improve health and well-being in all countries by 2030 while protecting the planet. One of the 17 goals – goal number 3 – relates to health: “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” (1). The SDGs will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end in 2015.
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) sponsored joint sessions on the SDGs, both at the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Anchorage, USA, in August 2014 and at the WFPHA World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India, in February 2015. Both sessions focused on the need for measurable, reliable health indicators for the single health-related SDG.
The current draft of SDG3 (for health) includes 13 sub-goals and many health ... Read the rest of this article
- March 4, 2015
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is at a critical stage, requiring continued additional support at the national and subnational levels in the affected countries. The Ministries of Health in these countries have been responding to the outbreak in collaboration with WHO, and with the technical support of GOARN partners since March 2014. As of 23 February 2015, GOARN Operational Support Team has deployed over 530 experts from partner institutions. In light f the complex challenges of Phase 2 “Getting to Zero” in this outbreak, GOARN is issuing this further RFA to support the increased efforts that will be required for coordination, surveillance, and effective contact tracing.
Those interested in contributing to this effort should download the GOARN information sheet and call for experts.