World Birth Defects Day 2016

Annually, an estimated 8 million children or 6 percent of total births worldwide–are born with serious birth defects of genetic or partially genetic origin (March of Dimes). It is also estimated that around 3.3 million children less than 5 years of age die annually because of serious birth defects and the majority of those who […]

Urgent call to revoke weak and harmful indicator 3.8.2 to measure Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

Courtesy of: United Nations Statistical Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations Headquarters, New York 10017, United States   23rd February 2016 Dear Chair and members of the UN statistical commission and the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators, Re: Urgent call to revoke weak and harmful indicator 3.8.2 to measure […]

Zika Outbreak: WHO’s Global Emergency Response Plan

Global prevention and control strategy 16 February 2016 WHO has launched a global Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan to guide the international response to the spread of Zika virus infection and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it. The strategy focuses on mobilizing and coordinating partners, experts and resources to help […]

176 Organisations Call On G7 To Deliver On Health

Over 176 organisations from around the world have signed a letter to the G7 Health Expert’s Working Group which meets this week, asking them to prioritise health, in particular, UHC, pandemics and funding the Global Fund and other initiatives. The letter was signed by global NGOs including Save the Children International, Oxfam International, IPPF and […]


Publications  International Nurses Day  2016 – Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems’ resilience 2016 – NURSES: A FORCE FOR CHANGE: IMPROVING HEALTH SYSTEMS’ RESILIENCE   IND Kit 2016 Poster International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. The International Council of Nurses commemorates this important day […]

Microcephaly in Brazil: how to interpret reported numbers?

Publication History Volume 387, No. 10019, p621–624, 13 February 2016 Cesar Gomes Victora, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini, Alicia Matijasevich, Erlane Ribeiro, André Pesso, Fernando Celso Barros Published Online:06 February 2016 © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.  Source: Brazil is facing its first outbreak of Zika virus, particularly in the northeast region. Most cases of Zika virus infection […]

Inactivated polio vaccine introduction in south Asia—1 year on

Publication History Published Online:10 February 2016 User License Creative Commons Attribution – NonCommercial – NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) How you can reuse © 2016 Hasman et al. Open Access article published under the terms of CC BY-NC-ND. Published by Elsevier Ltd. In 2014, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative advised introducing one dose of inactivated polio […]

Comprehensive Nursing Law of 2015

16th CongressSenate Bill No. 2720 Filed on April 15, 2015 by Recto, Ralph G., Trillanes, Antonio “Sonny” F., Marcos, Ferdinand “Bongbong” R., Binay, Maria Lourdes Nancy S., Angara, Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M., Guingona III, Teofisto “Tg”, Escudero, Francis “Chiz” G., Villar, Cynthia A., Revilla Jr., Ramon A.   Long title AN ACT PROVIDING FOR A […]

AIDS 2016: Last Call for Scholarships

Last reminder to apply for a scholarship for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016).  This year we have doubled the number of AIDS 2016 scholarships to make the conference even more accessible to people from resource-limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists, and civil society representatives. The scholarship programme provides financial assistance to help people who would otherwise […]

Women in the context of microcephaly and Zika virus disease

Source: The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly. Until we have more answers, there are ways that women can protect themselves from Zika infection. Online Q&A 10 February […]