Lab-work in Beirut By David Kamiab Hesari A collaborated project between the center for global health in Munich, the Boston University and the American University of Beirut (AUB) explores the question how heavy metals affect carbapenem resistance in people from war regions. Acinetobacter baumannii (Acba) is an opportunistic, gram negative bacterium, that mainly colonizes wounds and causes hospital acquired infections (HAI). Because of its high prevalence in wound infections from US personnel coming from Iraq it was also nicknamed the „Iraqibacter“. Since then, carbapenem resistant Acba strains have been isolated at high rates in areas with protracted conflicts, especially in the Middle Eastern North [...]
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Demonstrations in Beirut - A Witness Account By David Kamiab Hesari David Kamiab Hesari is working on his PhD at the American University of Beirut. Over the last month getting to work was harder, but also more interesting due to demonstrations. David wrote this text about his experience with the demonstrations. Now that it's been over a month since the protests started, I can give you a small overview. It all started with protests about a tax on WhatsApp calls, on which the government decided. But of course that was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Since the [...]
What You Missed – TUM Global Health Day on Climate Change and Health by Maeve Cook-Deegan October 21st marked TUM’s second Global Health Day. In the wake of the UN Climate summit and in the era of Fridays for Future, the topic was timely: Climate Change and Health. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or those who want to relive it, among the many topics that arose from the lectures and panel discussions, there were a few clear messages: 1. Climate health, human health and animal health are intimately connected. Rising temperatures and flooding were two recurring [...]
Zombie Nation: 21st century and its not so hidden fear of epidemics by Katharina Wolff You might not have noticed, but zombies have changed recently. In their Haitian origin, zombies are understood as undead and non-conscious human beings, which were turned into this state by priests of the vodun. They have no will of their own anymore and are said to have been used for hard work in farming and for other purposes.(1) In Europe, the closest concept to zombies would be revenants, dead and mostly buried people, who cannot find peace as something brings them to anger. They also [...]
Opinion: Finding the ‘right’ solution in the German vaccine debate by Maeve Cook-Deegan, (MSc. Health Science student at TUM) Germany has made global headlines after a recent legislative proposal by the German health minister, Jens Spahn. The proposed law aims to increase the rate of measles vaccinations by threatening parents with fines of up to 2500 EUR and by keeping children who have not been vaccinated for measles out of kindergarten. This comes amidst widespread measles outbreaks and a 300% global increase compared to 2018, according to unofficial reports from the World Health Organization. This trend is startling, and as [...]
International Day of Education by Roxana Müller-Eberstein January 24 marks the first International Day of Education, a day proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations whose importance is reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda is an ambitious plan adopted in September 2015 by Heads of State, Government and High Representatives that seeks to end poverty, fight inequalities and counter climate change by 2030. At its core, the agenda contains 17 comprehensive goals, also referred to as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals stated is to obtain quality education, in particular to [...]
Rolling Back Malaria: a Multi-Sectoral Challenge by Obreniokibo I. Amiesimaka October 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the now-rebranded RBM Partnership to End Malaria. Originally called Roll Back Malaria, RBM was founded by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. With its foundation set on collaboration, it was charged with building a partnership of stakeholders in order to spearhead the global effort in combatting malaria. The RBM Partnership has brought together over 500 partners from diverse fields; ranging from the academia and malaria-endemic countries to the donor, public and also [...]
The WHO REPLACE Trans Fat Action Package – From Policy to Practice by Obreniokibo I. Amiesimaka In May 2018, the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced an action package for the elimination of industrially-produced trans fats globally by 2023. The action package, called REPLACE Trans Fat, is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.4, which aims to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Here, we consider the action package and some of the potential challenges to its practical implementation. Trans fats in brief Trans fats are produced through the addition of hydrogen to unsaturated vegetable oils via the partial-hydrogenation process. [...]