The Lancet: Improving road safety measures could save half a million lives every year worldwide

New global and country-level estimates suggest that routinely wearing helmets and seat-belts, obeying speed limits and avoiding drunk-driving could save between 347,000 and 540,000 lives worldwide every year. In addition, improving post-crash emergency response, trauma care, and clinical interventions to control haemorrhage and early resuscitation could save up to 200,000 lives a year in low-…

Climate summary

Climate summary: July 2022 surface air temperature: Globally, July 2022 was one of three warmest Julys on record, close to 0.4°C above the 1991-2020 reference period, marginally cooler than July 2019 and marginally warmer than July 2016 Northern hemisphere land masses see predominantly well above-average temperatures Below average temperatures along the western Indian Ocean, from…

Alarming New WHO/UNICEF Data on Global Immunization Coverage

The following statement is by Stacey Knobler, Sabin Vaccine Institute Vice President, Vaccine Innovation & Global Immunization, in response to new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) estimates of national immunization coverage (WUENIC). “After decades of reaching more communities and saving countless lives, the alarming data released…

Ghana reports first-ever suspected cases of Marburg virus disease

Ghana has announced the preliminary finding of two cases of Marburg virus disease and if confirmed these would the first such infections recorded in the country according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Marburg is a highly infectious viral haemorrhagic fever in the same family as the more well-known Ebola virus disease.  Preliminary analysis of…

WHO launches NTDs mentorship project in honour of Tanzania’s Dr Mwele Malecela

World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced plans to set up a mentorship programme for African women working in neglected tropical diseases programmes. The mentorship is in honour of the late Dr Mwele Malecela, who was one of Africa’s most highly respected female scientists and public health leaders. The mentorship programme will provide African women with leadership…