Category: malaria

Number of U.S. Malaria Cases Highest in 40 Years. Have We Forgotten What It Takes To Prevent It?

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on October 31, 2013.   Progress can be dangerous. Thanks to malaria elimination efforts in United States in the 1940s, most people in the U. S. today have never had any direct contact with the disease and most doctors have never seen a case. That Read More >

Posted on by Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director2 Comments

CDC Malaria Hotline—When the Caller is Ill Abroad

Since 2007, managing the CDC Malaria Hotline has been a large part of my job as a health educator in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at CDC. It’s wonderfully fulfilling because it gives me the opportunity to talk directly with the public to share information that can help them avoid malaria infection when Read More >

Posted on by Stefanie Steele, RN, MPH, CPH, CDC Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria2 Comments

Saving Mothers, Giving Life Explores “Mother Waiting Sheds”

  This is the fourth installment in a five-part series about efforts to save the lives of mothers in Africa through an initiative called Saving Mothers, Giving Life. Be sure to read the other four blog posts in this series.   Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is exploring an innovative concept aimed at reducing pre-delivery Read More >

Posted on by Erik Friedly, Associate Director for Communication, CDC-UgandaTags , ,

Investing in the Future

Last month I took a few days of vacation and traveled to Basel, Switzerland. The sky was grey and a cold drizzle was steadily falling, melting the remaining layer of snow and ice that winter’s last storm had blasted onto the sides of trees and buildings. Many of the staff and students at the Swiss Tropical and Read More >

Posted on by Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH2 CommentsTags , , ,

Fresh Voices From the Field—Reaching for Zero Malaria Deaths: a Story From Uganda

  This is the second in our ongoing “Fresh Voices From the Field” series, where we hear from ASPPH (Association of School and Programs of Public Health) Global Health Fellows working throughout the world. Global Health Fellows are recent Master of Public Health or Doctoral graduates placed in CDC global health offices in Atlanta and Read More >

Posted on by Melody Miles, ASPH Fellow3 CommentsTags , ,

Accelerating Up the Hill: Maintaining Malaria Progress

Twenty-five years ago, I went to western Kenya as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer to study an outbreak of severe anemia. No one was sure of the cause. Was it parvovirus, or exposure to an environmental toxin, perhaps? In the hospital there were five or six sick Read More >

Posted on by Laurence Slutsker, MD, MPHTags ,

Child Survival Summit: A time to reflect on global progress and challenges ahead

Improvements in child health are a major focus of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Targets set for 2015 are rapidly approaching, and, much remains to be done to achieve reductions in child mortality. This week’s Child Survival Call to Action in Washington, DC (June 14-15) will address progress achieved and challenges ahead (www.apromiserenewed.org). International Read More >

Posted on by Kevin De Cock, MD, FRCP (UK), DTM&H1 Comment

How do we get to zero from here?

Tens of thousands of children’s lives have been saved in Africa, largely thanks to the rapid scale-up of four safe, effective malaria interventions―made possible by dramatically increased funding starting in the early 2000s.  Still, too many children are dying―about one every minute―and the fight against malaria is far from over.  Worldwide an estimated 655,000 people Read More >

Posted on by Mary Hamel, MD, MPH1 CommentTags ,

The Man Who Calls the Shots: Tabu Collins

CDC-Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Tabu Collins, a Medical Epidemiologist for the Kenyan Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MOPHS). Tabu told me about his journey to becoming an epidemiologist and the public health challenges and successes in Kenya. Every day he sees the power of vaccines, not only Read More >

Posted on by Sara Test, MPH5 CommentsTags ,