How political neglect lets an epidemic of blindness go unchecked

By Russell Skelton, The Age

HUGH Taylor's war on trachoma began 35 years ago. As a young doctor, he travelled the red dirt roads of the Tanami Desert in a beat-up Land Rover with the late Fred Hollows dispensing medical help to an estimated 10,000 Aboriginal men, women and children with the catastrophic eye disease.

Dengue, aka “Breakbone Fever,” Is Back

By Maryn McKenna, Slate

The vicious virus has re-established itself in the South, and mosquitoes are carrying it north.

In the autumn of 1885, people in Austin, Texas, began to feel sick. One after another, they developed a chill and then a soaring fever. They vomited and broke out in rashes. Their most distinctive symptom was agonizing pain behind their eyes and in the bones of their arms and legs. And when the fever subsided, lack of appetite and deep exhaustion left them unable to work for weeks or months.

Slate

Last week, researchers published the “Global Burden of Disease Study 2010,” the most comprehensive effort since the GBD 1990 to produce complete and comparable estimates of the burden of diseases and other health challenges.

The magnitude of the problem is significant…   
783 million people do not have access to safe water.
2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.

By Alyah Khan

The tremendous scope of the dengue problem becomes clear when you consider the number of places where the virus is present.

On Tuesday, The Telegraph and others reported that Vodaphone has joined GSK, the GAVI Alliance and Save the Children for new mobile technology programs to boo

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