Monthly Archive: November 2015

Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health

Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health

Executive Summary By almost any measure, human health is better now than at any time in history. Life expectancy has soared from 47 years in 1950–1955, to 69 years in 2005–2010, and death rates in children younger than 5 years of age have decreased substantially, from 214 per thousand live births in 1950–1955, to 59 in 2005–2010. But these gains in human health have come at a high price: the degradation of nature’s ecological systems on a scale never seen in human history. A growing body of evidence shows that the health of humanity is intrinsically linked to the health...

We are the generation that can stop AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

We are the generation that can stop AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

“We are the generation that can stop AIDS, TB and malaria.” That was the main message from Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund, in an inspiring interview on France 24’s English language program “The Interview”. Dr. Dybul shared the Global Fund’s impressive results, including 17 million lives saved since 2002, 8.1 million people on antiretroviral therapy for HIV, 13.2 million people who have received TB treatment, and 548 million mosquito nets distributed to fight malaria. Source: Theglobalfund.org

Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says

Millions More Need H.I.V. Treatment, W.H.O. Says

The World Health Organization issued sweeping new guidelines on Wednesday that could put millions more people on H.I.V. drugs than are now getting them. The recommendations could go a long way toward halting the epidemic, health officials say, but would cost untold billions of dollars not yet committed. Author: Donald G. McNeil Jr. for the New York Times

TB overtakes HIV/AIDS as leading infectious disease killer

TB overtakes HIV/AIDS as leading infectious disease killer

Tuberculosis killed 1.5 million people in 2014 – moving ahead of HIV/AIDS, which was responsible for 1.2 million deaths in the same year. The rise of tuberculosis  (TB) is evidence of both the gains made against HIV/AIDS in the past two decades and the silent growth of one of the world’s oldest killers. Making matters worse is the spread of multidrug-resistant forms of the disease. Author: Tom Murphy for Humanosphere