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World AIDS Day web collection now live
To acknowledge World AIDS Day, 1 December 2016, a wide variety of papers published in Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and International Health over the past two years is offered online. Editorial Board member, Professor Sten Vermund, introduces the collection.
RSTMH trustee Dr Judy MacArthur Clark interviews Nobel Laureate Professor Tu Youyou
‘What’s in a name?’ In the case of Professor Tu Youyou, her name turned out to be an insight into a future discovery that led to her being awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine.
Supporting research to end gender-based violence
Violence against women is prevalent throughout the world and is a serious public health concern, with short- and long-term consequences. Gender-based violence can be acts of physical, psychological or sexual aggression perpetrated by a family member at home (domestic violence, including intimate partner violence), in armed conflict settings, or during displacement and repatriation.
Raising the profile of leptospirosis in Africa
Leptospirosis is one of the most widespread and pervasive zoonotic bacterial diseases worldwide, but unfortunately current research into leptospirosis in Africa is fragmented with little to no recent data available on human disease in many countries.
Can cows on the Indian subcontinent help us fight kala-azar?
The cow is treated as sacred by Hindus in India and Nepal. The milk, curd and butter produced by the cow nourish the children and the cow dung provides energy for the household but the cow asks nothing in return. Most rural families in the Indian subcontinent have at least one dairy cow who is often treated as a member of the family.
Zika virus: first described in Transactions!
Zika virus is an arbovirus native to Africa, transmitted via Aedes mosquitoes. The infection causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache. In May 2015, locally acquired cases of Zika virus were confirmed in Brazil. Since then, it has spread to 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America and WHO has warned that the virus is likely to spread across nearly all of the Americas.
Where the road ends: neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
The NTDs encompass a range of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections of the poorest communities worldwide.
Malaria: ‘Tamed but not defeated’
This was the message from Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, at yesterday’s launch of the new WHO/UNICEF report: Achieving the malaria MDG target.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
With the seemingly devastating suffering of the last year, from the wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Ukraine and elsewhere, to the slow inadequate international response to Ebola, to Europe’s indifference to people drowning trying to cross the Mediterranean, the challenges of responding to humanitarian crises never seemed greater.
THET’s latest report highlights a new model for overseas development
‘Health is global’. It is with this powerful statement that Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer, opens her foreword to the report In Our Mutual Interest, recently published by the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), the global health organisation I have the honour to work for.