Efforts to Slow Pandemic Could Be Crippled by New Wave of Drug-Resistant HIV Strains

According to Time (1/14, Harrell), "Last January, a team of scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) published a study in...The Lancet making the audacious claim that the tools already exist to end the AIDS epidemic." Based on their "mathematical models, the researchers claimed that universal HIV testing followed by the immediate treatment of newly infected patients with antiretroviral drugs could eliminate the disease from even the most heavily infected populations within 10 years." They may not have accounted for drug resistance, however.


Earthquake in Haiti

A 7.0 earthquake hit southern Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 causing catastrophe in the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. Damage and destruction is widespread, with casualties and the death toll is not yet known, and is expected to be high given the earthquake’s close proximity to the capital and the fragile condition of buildings. Our thoughts are with the Haitian people at this time of difficult struggles.

For more information of what is being done by our partners, the WHO, please go to http://www.who.int/hac/crises/hti/en/index.html

WHO Patient Safety Newsletter - No. 1 September 2009

This month sees the publication of the first edition of the revamped WHO Patient Safety newsletter which we hope will be an informative and useful resource. This quarterly publication will feature a guest editorial, a regular column from our Chair, Sir Liam Donaldson, and news items about patient safety.

This month we focus on patient safety education and the need to address both culture and evidence-based practice with a guest piece by Professor Peter Pronovost at John Hopkins University. You can download the newsletter here: http://www.who.int/patientsafety/news_events/no1_sep2009.pdf

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WHO and HPGN Virtual Global Discussion Forum 1-12 Febraury 2010

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners invite you to join the Health Professional Global Network (HPGN) Virtual Global Discussion Forum on Interprofessional Collaboration in Education and Practice. The dates of the virtual global discussion forum is 1 - 12 February 2010. The topic will be Working Together for Health: How Can Interprofessional Collaboration in Education and Practice Contribute to Better Health Outcomes.


From the Director-General, WHO

In response to cases of A(h1N1) influenza, reported in Mexico and the United States of America, the Director-General convened a meeting of the Emergency Committee to asses the situation and advise her on appropriate responses.

Concerning public health measures, in line with the Regulations, the Director-General is recommending, on the advice of the Committee, that all countries intensify surveillance for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

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