- July 26, 2015
Field trials of interventions against disease in low and middle income countries (LMICs) may be complex and expensive undertakings. Extensive preparation and planning is necessary for the conduct of a high quality trial, the results of which may be important in guiding public health practice. Journals rarely have space to allow publication of more than a brief summary of the preparations necessary for the trial and of the procedures devised for the successful execution of the trial and the analysis of the results. A consequence of this is that those planning field trials have few practical guidelines available to them, and investigators have to design a study, often with little access to the knowledge and experience that has been accumulated previously. Personal experience is a good teacher, but, all too often, investigators have learned by repeating the mistakes of previous ... Read the rest of this article
- July 1, 2015
The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) is pleased to announce that it will host the 2020 WCE in Melbourne Australia. The AEA thanks the IEA membership for voting in our bid.
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- June 21, 2015
At the beginning of February 2015 IEA announced a call for application for partial support towards the course fees of the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology for up to two members from low or middle-income countries and by the closing date, on April 30 2015, IEA received 25 applications from the following countries: Brazil (3), Camerun (3), Guinea-Bissau (1), India (10), Nigeria (3), Senegal (1), Sri-lanka (1), Sudan (1), Uganda (1), and Zambia (1).
The quality of the applications was impressive. The IEA Executive Committee appointed an Evaluation Committee that assessed the applications on the basis of pre-defined criteria.
Manya Prasad (India) and Maria Carolina Borges (Brazil) have been awarded the fellowship, which will cover the course fees for the two students (up to $6,000, which is a reduced price from EEPE).
Congratulations to the two awarded students! IEA thanks all the applicants and wish them all the best in ... 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