On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Reports of the rapidly spreading Ebola virus in western Africa convinced WHO’s Emergency Committee to alert the international community of impending danger. However, according to Krista Johnson, an assistant professor at Howard University Graduate School, Ebola’s warning signs were
Category: Infectious Diseases
More than a year ago, I was sitting with my grandparents on the morning of the New Year eating a champurrada and reading the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre. We had celebrated the previous night at a nice restaurant in the colonial city of Antigua where we watched the sky light up with fireworks at midnight.
Director General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the Zika virus a global health emergency Monday, February 1. Given the intense backlash from their delayed response to the Ebola crisis, it comes as no surprise that the international agency would take little time in declaring the Zika outbreak an international emergency.
This summer, the Northwestern GlobeMed GROW team traveled to Namugoga, Uganda and worked with the Adonai Medical Centre to learn more about the community’s perception of malaria and bed nets as part of the John & Martha Mabie Fellowship for Public Health, which helps fund student research. The GlobeMed team comprised Weinberg seniors Victoria Zapater-Charette and Carol Feng,
Ebola has been all over the news for the past few months. We’ve heard stories about American aid workers and journalists contracting the disease and being flown back to the U.S. for treatment. We’ve heard about the increasing numbers of deaths in West Africa. We’ve heard about the breach in infection control protocol at Texas