Global health briefs

September / October 2017 | Volume 16, Issue 5

Former CDC director to helm new venture

A $225 million global health initiative to accelerate progress in reducing cardiac deaths and preventing pandemics will be led by former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden. The effort - titled Resolve - is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates foundation measures progress

A new annual report called Goalkeepers will measure progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced. The initiative is intended to accelerate progress by diagnosing problems, identifying solutions, measuring results and promoting best practices.

  • About Goalkeepers from the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

WHO offers free crisis response courses

WHO has launched a new e-learning platform with free video courses on epidemics, pandemics and health emergencies. Called OpenWHO, the programs transform complex scientific knowledge into easy-to-understand introductory video lessons, using low-bandwidth.

GBD study reveals leading causes of illness

Obesity, conflict and mental illness form a "triad of troubles" that cause the greatest impact on the world’s health, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study. On the positive side, the data published in The Lancet show under-five childhood mortality has been cut by more than half since 1990.

Global Health Innovation journal launched

Social and technological innovation for improved health and health care in developing settings will be the topics covered by a new journal jointly produced by Northwestern University and the Universities of Lagos, Ibadan and Cape Town. Its development was supported by a Fogarty grant.

White House details US priorities for science

America’s standing as a world leader should be maintained, according to a White House memo released in August that describes the administration’s research and development priorities. Agencies were directed to focus investigations on finding solutions for an aging population, combatting drug addiction and addressing other public health crises.

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