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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

Pedro Alonso, New Director of the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Dr. Pedro Alonso as director of its Global Malaria Programme. Dr Alonso is currently director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Head of the International Health and Tropical Medicine Unit at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and Professor at the University of Barcelona. He will take up his position at the WHO headquarters in Geneva in October. This appointment to one of the most important posts at the UN health agency is recognition of his work in the field of global health through ISGlobal.

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Friday May 20th, 2011

A study opens the possibility of developing a preventive vaccine against HIV / AIDS

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The HIV epidemic is the largest in the world and represents one of the most serious public health problems, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Only 30% of the more than 10 million patients in need have the access to the antiretroviral treatment. The total number of infected people exceeds 30 million and there are about 3 million new infections per year. The best hope for reducing the incidence of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a preventive vaccine.

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Friday November 19th, 2010

Spain is leading the fight against rare anemias in Europe

Antoni Montserrat, Joan Lluís Vives-Corrons, Antonio Cerrato i Pilar Aguilar-Martínez

It is estimated that rare diseases -those whose frequency is under 5 cases / 10,000 people- affect about 6% of the European population. In the field of anemia, 1% of couples are at risk of having a newborn with a severe syndrome of hemoglobin. More than 330,000 children are born worldwide each year affected by one of these diseases, being the most common disorders sickle cell anemia and thalassemia syndromes. In Spain, the average risk of having a newborn with a rare or unusual anemia is being increased due to African immigration. However, Spain is working on that issue and is the fifth of the 27 member countries that has developed a Strategic plan for rare diseases. It has been emphasized by European Commission sources during the 3rd European Symposium organized by ENERCA at the Cosmocaixa Madrid.

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Thursday September 17th, 2009

Malaria Control Method Could Prevent 6 million New Infant Cases

Clara Menéndez, John Aponte i Andrea Egan durant la roda de premsa

A third (30%) of malaria cases can be avoided in African infants using a safe, affordable and simple tool called Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in Infants (IPTi) with the medicine sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), which can be delivered alongside existing childhood vaccination programmes.

Results of a meta-analysis examining six clinical trials in Africa for the malaria intervention which the World Health Organization already recommends, are published in the medical journal, The Lancet. Authors of this study and CRESIB (Hospital Clínic-Universitat de Barcelona) researchers Drs. Clara Menéndez, John Aponte and Andrea Egan (from left to right in the picture), explained the results obtained in this global analysis during a press conference in Barcelona. Research experts say if IPTi-SP were expanded in other African countries, 6 million cases of malaria could be prevented each year in those most vulnerable to the disease.

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