The May 2021 edition of the International Journal of Health Planning and Management included an article written by the Prevent Epidemics team on our report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action, and featured artwork from the report as the cover image.
Senior Vice President of our Prevent Epidemics team, Amanda McClelland, coauthored an OpEd for CNBC Africa with Dr. Richard Mihigo of the World Health Organization about key findings and recommendations from the Partnership for Evidence-Based Response to COVID-19 .
Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released an OpEd on CNN about the urgent need to address high blood pressure and what we can do to stop this killer: lower daily salt consumption and promote proper treatment and medications.
The World Health Assembly passed a resolution, Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce , calling for countries to improve data collection in tracking health and care workers’ morbidity and mortality. Ethiopia led advocacy efforts, which we supported in our January report, Protecting Health Care Workers: A Need for Urgent Action .
Though 17% of the world’s population resides in Africa, it has reported less than 3% of global COVID-19 cases and less than 4% of deaths. Our latest In-Depth Science Review explores underreported cases and deaths in Africa.
The Biden Administration announced it will share 80 million vaccine doses for the global vaccination effort. Dr. Tom Frieden said that not only is this another step towards ending the Covid pandemic, but it’s crucial these vaccines are used strategically and, “directed toward people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, particularly health workers and people 60 and over.”
On World Hypertension Day, we launched a new tool with the University of Washington to help policymakers, advocates and health experts visualize how millions more lives can be saved when countries adopt evidence-based hypertension prevention and treatment policies. The new tool models the number of lives that could be saved by the year 2040 when hypertension control and lower salt consumption goals are reached.
New report on COVID-19 in Africa shows impact of COVID-19 on African continent has been underestimated
A new PERC report highlights urgent strategic action in Africa is needed as new COVID-19 variants appear and supply and rollout of vaccines remain critically low. The report calls for targeted public health and social measures, increased surveillance and scaled-up vaccine supply from the global community.
We supported the launch of WHO's new Global Sodium Benchmarks
for Different Food Categories
. The benchmarks are a guide for countries and
industry to reduce the sodium content in 18 categories of processed foods,
which are a primary or rapidly increasing source of sodium in many countries.
This is an important step toward meeting WHO's goal of 30% reduction in
global salt/sodium intake by 2025.
Our report features eight inspiring stories of Epidemics That Didn’t Happen, or whose impact was lessened, because of planning and action. As the world continues efforts to better prepare for the next disease threat, these stories serve as a reminder that we can do better.
Learn how health leaders in Senegal developed a feasibility study that made the case for investing US $10.5 million in health emergency and crisis management over five years.
Dr. Tom Frieden releases an OpEd in USA Today on the necessity of making COVID vaccines more readily available. Frieden discusses the importance of strategic vaccination, reaching those where transmission is highest, to truly stop the spread of COVID and prevent many more deaths.
In a Weekly Science Review, our Prevent Epidemics team discusses how genomic surveillance is used to study the COVID-19 virus and answers some of the most pressing questions about the pandemic.
The latest Journal of Clinical Hypertension features new research on programs supported by Resolve to Save Lives in Thailand, India and Latin America. These studies highlight creative and scalable patient-facing programs and public health solutions to improve heart health in lower- and middle- income countries.
We announced our request for proposals for advocacy activities to accelerate best-practice trans fat elimination policies, including engagement with policy makers and influencers. Proposals are due May 20th. Download the complete Request for Proposals here.
On April 1, regulations banning artificial trans fat in food products went into effect in the European Union, bringing the global number of people protected by best practice trans fat elimination policies to 2.9 billion. Our President and CEO Dr. Tom Frieden released a statement on the growing momentum for eliminating artificial trans fats and how this important policy step will build resilient, healthy populations.
Johns Hopkins University launched a free online course that connects program managers and policy makers with evidence-based strategies and practical tools to implement salt reduction initiatives, including promotion of low-sodium salt and public procurement policies, in their communities.
In 2016, the WHO created the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess a country’s level of preparedness in meeting its obligations under the International Health Regulations. Though the United States and the United Kingdom scored highly, neither of these countries have responded successfully to COVID-19. Dr. Tom Frieden speaks on how bad politics can undermine good public health.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI), India held a National Low Salt Cooking Challenge, a virtual cooking competition with more than 200 participants from different regions of the country. Each team prepared one complete meal using less salt, without compromising the taste and flavor of the food.
Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health announced a new program to improve access and affordability of health services to address high blood pressure and heart disease. The program will use a patient-centered model of care and will also address high sodium consumption – a risk factor that increases the chance of high blood pressure and heart disease-related illness.