Nearly every January since 2003, Alfred Sommer has journeyed to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. This year Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sent GHN his highlights on health from Davos.

By Brian W. Simpson, MPH It’s 1967. 2 million people will die an exceedingly painful death this year, covered in pustules. Just over 10 years later, no one would have ever have to worry about that disease again.   Few people these days bother to think about the…

How could Open Access (OA) publishing possibly help fight the Ebola epidemic afflicting some of West Africa’s poorest nations? The Answer: In several ways. OA allows authors to disseminate their research for free around the world whilst maintaining the copyright to…

In recognition of World AIDS Day, International AIDS Society president Chris Beyrer, MD, MPH, shares his thoughts on the top priorities for 2015, key affected populations, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the impact of the AIDS conference in Melbourne last July, and other…

Ace science writer David Quammen has released an Ebola-specific excerpt of his book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. To help frame the 2014 Ebola outbreak within the broader context of emerging zoonotic diseases, Quammen recently published…

Port-Harcourt, Nigeria’s oil hub and third busiest city, saw its first confirmed case of Ebola 2 weeks ago. Now, there are 3 confirmed cases, 2 deaths including the index case—a physician—and over 200 people under surveillance. Challenges to surveillance include difficulty…

For a Liberian perspective on the Ebola outbreak, we reached out to Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister of Health. Earlier this month, we featured an article he wrote in Scientific American about Liberia’s Ebola outbreak. Nyenswah, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…

 

Q&A: IAS President-elect Chris Beyrer While the Melbourne conference’s goal is to advance the fight against AIDS, attendees also are mourning the tragic loss of friends and colleagues among the 298 people killed aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on…