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Global Health Briefs - September 2014

September / October 2014 | Volume 13, Issue 5

Wellcome announces new Africa funding

The Wellcome Trust has launched a £40 million ($66m) initiative to develop a new generation of outstanding African health researchers equipped to combat emerging and endemic infections, as well as the growing challenge of noncommunicable diseases. In addition, the Trust announced two programs to support Ebola-related studies.

WHO issues first report on global suicide

More than 800,000 people die by suicide each year, according to the WHO's first global report on suicide prevention. Some 75 percent of suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries, the study said. It also detailed evidence-based strategies that can prevent suicide and urged health officials to develop national strategies to implement them.

Book focuses on research ethics in Africa

Former Fogarty trainees and other scholars have published a free, downloadable e-book that provides guidance on how scientists can ensure protection of Africans who participate in scientific studies and other related bioethics issues.

WHO calls for indoor ban on e-cigarettes

The WHO has called for a ban on indoor use of e-cigarettes and a restriction on advertising and promotion, due to health concerns. The report, titled "Electronic nicotine delivery systems," will be considered at the upcoming WHO Framework on Tobacco Control meeting in October.

NIH assesses genomic studies in Africa

Boosting genomic research in Africa requires many sustained approaches, especially to develop African expertise and facilities, as described in a recently published assessment by the NIH-supported Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative.

International clinical research regulations tool released

The NIH has released a new interactive tool containing in-depth information about international clinical research regulations. Called ClinRegs, the site was developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Tool aids global health research planning

A new digital tool for health researchers who want to conduct a study is available from the Global Health Network. The interactive Global Health Research Process Map site provides guidance and resources, including e-learning courses, for each stage of planning.

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