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Welcome to the Anne C. Carter Global Health News page! This page is dedicated to keeping you updated on world health issues. Please see the other tabs associated with this page to see the journal articles discussions by our fellows as well as reflections and progress on their global health projects.

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Women’s Leadership in Promoting Global Health and Well-Being By: Padmini Murthy MD, MPH, FRSPH, FAMWA

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Women have stood at the helm of leadership, both formally and informally, and across disciplines, in improving the health status of their families and communities around the world. Unfortunately, women often face discrimination and have not been given the opportunity to reach their full potential for promoting global good. Today, as we approach the end of the second decade of the twenty-first century and the global community works to achieve universal health coverage, it is of paramount importance that women’s political leadership in global health is strengthened in order to advance Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages,” and SDG 5, to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

For the full article by Dr. Murthy, click here.

What is the WHO?

Follow this link to read about the WHO and what important work they are doing around the world.

How are Australia and New Zealand combating COVID-19? What are they doing right?

Australia and New Zealand have gone from having 100s of new cases a day back in March, to now just a handful per day in Australia and ZERO new cases in New Zealand. So what are they doing right? How are they successfully combating this virus? The New York Times reported that these two countries are putting politics aside and letting the experts take control of the situation. This symbolizes their efforts in the common good above the self. 

They have been proactive from the start. On Feb. 1st, Australia banned travelers from China which was just one week after their first case was identified. They also declared the outbreak a pandemic two weeks before the WHO, and started to implement control measures. 

In New Zealand, the Prime Minister issued a full lockdown one month after their first case emerged.

Australia has now reached below a 1% growth rate of COVID-19, and New Zealand has reached a 0% growth rate. They are vanquishing this virus. Will the U.S. follow suit?

Click Here for the full article.

Is COVID-19 decreasing global access to healthcare?

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With border closures, social distancing guidelines, and lack of PPE for populations around the world, many countries simply cannot provide adequate healthcare for everyone that needs it, regardless if they are infected with COVID-19 or not. A summary article was published by CARE and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) highlighting this issue specifically. Their data showed that the elderly, pregnant women and adolescent girls are likely to directly feel the effects of the redirection of medical resources and supplies. “Worldwide, 61% of maternal deaths occur in fragile states, many of them affected by conflict and recurring natural disasters.”

Similarly, Venezuela fears for their ill citizens as a large portion of their medical resources are imported from Columbia, who recently shut down their borders with Venezuela. 

What other global healthcare impacts should we expect with the persistence of this pandemic? How can we combat these issues before too much damage has been done?

Check out the cited article below.

Global Rapid Gender Analysis For COVID-19

Why isn’t the U.S. tracking sex-specific COVID-19 infection rates?

Sex specific data about covid 19

As of April 3rd, 2020, the U.S. was not reporting sex-specific statistics regarding COVID-19 prevalence or incidence. Why is that? Several articles from other countries have already shown that men are contracting the virus at a rate that is distinguishable from women. One article in particular by Zeng, et al. suggests that women have a higher and stronger level of IgG antibodies to COVID-19, and could be the reason that outcomes are different between the genders in some cases. 

Could this information be helpful in doing studies on plasma transfusions? Why haven’t we seen more of this data collected?

Check out the links below for more information on this topic and the inspiration for this post. 

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Global Health 5050

NY Times 

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That’s right, we’re back! The AMWA Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellows are back on Instagram and we’re going to be bringing lots of new content your way in the hopes of spreading awareness and sharing knowledge! Click here to see the full blog post and new content that will be in store for the page. 

Human rights and social inequity issues are magnified by COVID-19 By: Padmini Murthy MD, MPH, FRSPH, FAMWA

Article Excerpt from KevinMD.com

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered a powerful document at present, more than 70 years after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its 3rd session on December 10, 1948, in Paris, France.

Since its creation, it is currently available in 360 languages and it is no surprise that it is the most translated document in the world. It is not an exaggeration to refer to it as an acceptable global tool used to measure right and wrong and fight oppression, discrimination and uphold human dignity in communities. Read More…

Global Response to the COVID-19 Catastrophe By: Padmini Murthy MD, MPH, FRSPH, FAMWA

Dr. Murthy ImageSecretary General, Medical Women’s International Association and Mentor to Carter Fellows

COVID-19 has unleashed unimaginable chaos, death and destruction on the global community and we seem to be powerless to stop its unrelenting effects. This brief article gives a snapshot of the efforts being made globally by the United Nations and its agencies and counties in the fight against the pandemic and personal reflections of the author. Read More…

COVID-19 Pandemic Updates 4/3/20

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Secretary General of MWIA and Physician Director of the Carter Fellowship, Dr. Padmini Murthy, holds a Webinar with Taiwanese Health Officials on the front lines of COVID-19. Follow the link below to sign up to listen to the recorded webinar.

Webinar with COVID-19 Crisis Response Team at Taiwan’s Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.  Watch the Recording HERE.

Read more about how Taiwan has successfully managed the pandemic in JAMA, TIME, NBC.

COVID-19 Pandemic Updates 4/3/20

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As we continue to endure the ever evolving pandemic that has taken over the world (literally), AMWA has continued to keep there members and the public informed on the daily changes to data revolving COVID-19. Read more…