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Global health briefs - August 2019
July / August 2019 | Volume 18, Number 4
Heatwave guide for cities is launched
A new resource has been developed to help city authorities reduce human health dangers during extreme heat waves. Produced by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center, the guide recommends establishing early warning systems, setting up cooling centers and preserving green spaces.
CGD reports on leveraging Africa’s capacity
Sub-Saharan African institutions must take the lead in providing research solutions to local problems, according to a study by the Center for Global Development. The report explores three possible models for Africa-based, African-led institutions—a multi-stakeholder funding platform, an integrator organization model and a scale model.
WHO: number of smokers still rising
While more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, the number of smokers continues to grow worldwide, according to the 2019 WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic. There are now 1.1 billion smokers, around 80% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries.
New program will help train African PhDs
A new initiative aims to provide training and support for 1,000 African Ph.D. students over the next ten years. Developed by the Federation of African Immunological Societies, the project intends to provide a bridge between basic and translational immunology, and drive scientific discoveries.
CUGH offers free e-learning resource
To address the deficit of skilled scientists and health care workers in low-income countries, the Consortium of Universities in Global Health has created an online forum to connect trainers with the educational resources they need.
WHO updates essential meds, diagnostics
The WHO has issued new guidance on the essential medicines and diagnostic tests it recommends countries prioritize, and make widely available and affordable in their health systems. The two lists focus on cancer and other global health challenges, with an emphasis on effective solutions, smart prioritization and optimal access.
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