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Global health news briefs - August 2021

July / August 2021 | Volume 20 Number 4

NIH unveils its 2021-2025 strategic plan

The NIH’s new five-year strategic plan includes an emphasis on minority health and health disparities, research across the lifespan and data science. The plan also supports continuing and strengthening global partnerships such as the Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative, AFREHealth and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

Comments requested on women’s health 

In preparation for an upcoming conference on women’s health, the NIH is inviting comments to assist in identifying related research gaps and pitfalls in clinical practices. Input will be used to inform discussion and help shape the direction and scope of the meeting. The deadline is Sept. 15, 2021.

UC launches new global health journal

UC Press is developing a new publication to showcase the latest research devoted to improving worldwide health outcomes, with a particular focus on studies conducted by scientists in low- and middle-income countries. The open-access, online journal, Advances in Global Health, will be edited by Fogarty grantee Dr. Craig R. Cohen.

WHO suggests ethical principles for AI 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds great promise for improving the delivery of healthcare and medicine worldwide, but only if ethics and human rights are put at the heart of its design, deployment, and use, according to new WHO guidance. The report examines the ethical and governance issues posed by AI.

Vaping is growing threat, WHO says

A new WHO tobacco control report finds that many countries are making progress in the fight against tobacco but e-cigarettes and related products pose an emerging health threat. The study estimates there are about 1 billion smokers globally, around 80% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco is responsible for the death of 8 million people a year, including 1 million from second-hand smoke.

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