Tom Frieden

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Jose Gemas, de 84 años, manda un abrazo a su familia en un asilo de ancianos en Montijo, en Portugal, el 18 de mayo de 2020. (Armando Franca)

Las cinco fases del duelo brindan un marco referencial útil para reflexionar sobre la crisis que ha ocasionado la pandemia. Si bien en ocasiones el concepto simplifica demasiado un proceso complejo, contiene verdades fundamentales: la gente suele aceptar las realidades duras poco a poco y con dificultad. La gente no necesariamente experimenta todas las fases, tampoco lo hace en orden lineal. No obstante, reconocer el efecto de la pandemia y la fase final —la aceptación—, podría acelerar el regreso a una nueva normalidad pospandemia de forma colectiva.

El COVID-19 ha volcado vidas en todo el mundo. Millones están de luto. Cientos de millones están desempleados.…  Seguir leyendo »

Looking back over more than 30 years working in public health globally and in the United States, I can’t recall a year with as pronounced a divergence: big advances and big setbacks.
Heart health improved in parts of the world, but in the US, the decline in cardiovascular deaths stalled, contributing to a shocking decline in life expectancy. We know more about epidemic preparedness than ever, but preventable infectious disease outbreaks continue. More countries are reducing smoking, but e-cigarettes are hooking a new generation of kids into lifelong nicotine addiction. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of 2019.

The good
  • Industrially produced transfat, an artificial chemical in food, kills 500,000 people every year, but this year, Thailand, the European Union and Brazil banned it, bringing to nearly 3 billion the number of people who will be protected from it..
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On July 24, 2015, Nigeria passed an important milestone marking an entire year without a single new wild poliovirus case. This is a remarkable achievement in the global effort to eradicate polio.

This week, we detailed in a report with cautious optimism that polio will be gone not only in Nigeria but in all of Africa.

Only a few years ago, Nigeria was Africa’s last outpost of polio and seemed to be losing the battle against the disease. In 2012, Nigeria recorded 122 cases — more than half of all cases worldwide.

With dedication and hard work from the Nigerian government and Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners such as Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as tens of thousands of health workers, nearly every child in the country was vaccinated against polio.…  Seguir leyendo »