I’m on leave this year so my regular blogging might be a little scant, but I thought I’d introduce a new feature which is a periodic series “What Am I Reading?” I’d like to flag what I’m reading on different topics, namely health, the environment, and foreign policy. This first one is on health.
- Last week I had a piece on the Monkey Cage in the Washington Post on the Zika virus, presenting some empirical work on what frames might generate public concern and, in turn, more impetus for Congressional funding for Zika control
- My colleague Abigail Aiken finds a potential increase in demand for abortion in the Americas
- There is growing pressure on Congress to fund efforts to combat Zika which have stalled
- In addition to a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, there is now local transmission of Zika in Miami. CDC director Frieden suggests pregnant women stay away from Miami Beach and possibly Miami as well
- Here a pregnant mother who lives in Miami pleads for action
I’m pregnant. I live in Miami. Local Zika transmission is forcing me to make decisions I never could’ve anticipated. https://t.co/rmpaQ6QLHD
— Alicia Menendez (@AliciaMenendez) August 19, 2016
D.A. Henderson has died
- We lost a giant in the field of global health. D.A. Henderson, one of the leaders of the successful effort eradicate smallpox, has died at the age of 87. Terrific obituary in the New York Times and WaPo here
— WHO (@WHO) August 22, 2016
- Laura Seay goes off on in a Twitterstorm (which are storified here) about calls to close down the Clinton Foundation miss the good work they have and continue to do on AIDS treatment, which is consistent with the story Ethan Kapstein and I tell in our recent book, AIDS Drugs for All
Health Funding in Texas
- This might be parochial to the U.S., but here in Texas, the state government has slashed funding for maternal care in recent years as a result of the state government’s opposition to abortion and state support for planned parenthood. Big tick up in maternal mortality according to a recent study. Bodes ill if Zika comes to Texas.
WHO Atlas on Air Pollution
- Angel Hsu evaluates the new WHO atlas on air pollution
Upcoming G20 Meeting in China
- Yanzhong Huang tees up the potential role of global health in the upcoming G20 meeting hosted by China
Leadership at International Organizations
- A plug for the Ethiopian candidate for the next WHO leader
The Challenges of Eradicating Guinea Worm
- Having almost eradicated guinea worms in humans, we are now seeing cases in dogs, making eradication among humans harder.
Polio Returned to Nigeria
- Re-emergence of polio in Nigeria after two years
AIDS Funding Decline
- International AIDS conference in Durban over the summer
- Kaiser Family Foundation finds decline in global AIDS funding for the first time in five years.
- Prices of EpiPens have grown dramatically in recent years, with cries of outrage in the U.S.