The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report issued on 8 October 2018 makes for uncomfortable reading and presents the starkest warning yet that unless global carbon dioxide emissions are cut by about a half within 12 years, we face catastrophic consequences.
The Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health is a peer reviewed, open access journal, with an international editorial board. Integrating biomedical, social and environmental sciences, we welcome a wide range of contributions with an emphasis on development and lower income settings in order to support the evidence base for disease prevention and control.
Some interesting articles relating to the African setting that have been published in the latest issue are:
- Prevalence and risk factors of acute respiratory infection among under five sin rural communities of Ekiti State, Nigeria
By Oluremi Olayinka Solomon, Olugbenga Olusola Odu, Eyitope Oluseyi Amu, Olusoji Abidemi Solomon, James O Bamidele, Eyitayo Emmanuel, Stella Adetokunbo, Bayo D Parakoyi
- A case for strengthening pharmacovigilance systems in Namibia
By Adenuga BA, Kibuule
The year 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. There was no digital communication then to disrupt - or aid - the outbreak response, but there were also far fewer health technologies available, while rapid spread of the virus by plane travel was very limited. In 2018, when we face the next major infectious disease outbreak, it will be a test of how well we use - or abuse - the technologies and knowledge we've gained since 1918.
Descovy is an updated version of Truvada containing a new form of the drug tenofovir that is safer for bones and the kidneys, at least among those with HIV. Gilead Sciences has begun a major trial to compare the efficacy of Descovy versus Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV.
Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.
Blink Tower, a Cape Town based company makes animated explainer videos. They made a very clear educational video about HIV: What is HIV? How can you get HIV? Sexual behaviour that increases the risk of HIV transmission. How to prevent HIV? etc. The video is available in English and Zulu.