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- THAILANDMObile Technology and Post-Abortion Family Planning (PAFP) -

MOTIF (MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning) is an innovative mobile phone-based intervention, providing personalised post-abortion family planning (PAFP) support for Marie Stopes International Cambodia (MSIC) clients. Providing women with contraceptive methods following abortion is important to reduce repeat abortion rates. MOTIF, a project to develop, implement and evaluate a mobile phone-based intervention to support PAFP in Cambodia, was funded by the Marie Stopes International (MSI) Innovation fund, with support from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). *

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After Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, the medical staff warned about the risk of disease outbreaks because of the lack of appropriate health care and the consumption of contaminated water.



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CDC Program and Recommendations

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Some of the health conditions that are more common in adults with epilepsy include high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, obesity, and history of stroke. Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, migraine, arthritis and other pain are also more common in adults with epilepsy. Treatment to maximize seizure control is critically important for people with epilepsy, but it's important for people with epilepsy to not ignore other health issues. * 

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- WORLD - Health Statistics 2013 – WHO Figures -

- Figures: Almost 10% of the world’s adult population has diabetes, measured by elevated fasting blood glucose (≥126mg/dl);  In 2011, an estimated 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide – 24% less than in 2005; Every day, about 800 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. World Health Statistics 2013 contain WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. .*

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Typhoon Haiyan

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- Training -


- ITALY - European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE)  -

As the first summer school in epidemiology established in Europe, the Florence course has been attended since 1988 by over two thousand students. The EEPE is sponsored by the International Epidemiological Association, the WHO Centre for Environment and Health and the Italian Association of Epidemiology

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- Europe -


- EUROPE - GMO – Application Advices and Evaluation -

- EFSA provides scientific advice on the safety evaluation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their use as food or feed and/or for cultivation. This includes GM plants, GM microorganisms and GM animals.*

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- EUROPE - Geoportal – Environment and Epidemiology-

- Infectious diseases are (re-) emerging in Europe.  Tropical infectious diseases such as chikungunya and dengue fever have recently been transmitted in Europe in part due to global air traffic and climate change. This calls for a proactive public health response to (re-) emerging infectious disease threats both in Europe and globally as well as careful monitoring of infectious disease drivers.  Such drivers are globalisation and environmental change, social and demographic change and public health system factors.  In order to address this need, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has developed the European Environment and Epidemiology (E3) Network .*

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- PLS3 mutations in X-linked osteoporosis with fractures-  ››› Read


- Mutations in SLC35A3 cause autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and arthrogryposis -   ›››› Read


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- Legislation -


- LATVIATowards Universal Health Coverage -

- The Latvian Government has banned the use of the e-cigarette (electronic cigarette). The Latvian Ministry of Health stated that consumers were led to believe that these devices could be used as a safe alternative to tobacco consumption because the electronic device does not use the tobacco burning process. Moreover, e-cigarette devices are risk factors for dependence in people who do not use traditional tobacco products. Presently, e-cigarette devices are not deemed safe. There is a lack of factual information on the ingredients used and their emissions as well as the effects of long-term consumption on health .*

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- ETHIOPIAImplementation of “One Health practice” -

- Ethiopia has given priority to tackle consequences of public health emergencies by setting up a strong system. The system is being strengthened with training and deployment of health workers specialized in specific areas. The Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), started in 2009 has brought about a significant change in surveillance, responding to outbreaks, analysis and interpretation of data in the country. The country has implementing One Health practice which is focused on building inter-disciplinary bridges across human, animal and environmental health to tackle public health emergencies.*

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- EUROPEMedicines Agency - Recommendations based on safety signals -

- The European Medicines Agency has published the first overview listing the recommendations stemming from the assessment of safety signals by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC). The document covers all safety signals discussed during the September 2013 PRAC meeting and the recommendations given for each of them. It includes PRAC recommendations for centrally and nationally authorised medicines. A cumulative list of all signals discussed at the PRAC since September 2012 is also available. The evaluation of safety signals is part of routine pharmacovigilance and is essential to ensuring that regulatory authorities have the most up-to-date information on a medicine’s benefits and risks. A safety signal is information on a new or known adverse event that is potentially caused by a medicine and that warrants further investigation. Signals are generated from several sources such as spontaneous reports, clinical studies and the scientific literature . *

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No fewer than 800 participants, representing the vast majority of the 178 Member countries of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and many intergovernmental, non-governmental, regional and national organisations attended the 81st General Session of the World Assembly of Delegates of the OIE, where they heard presentations on the Organisation’s scientific and standard-setting work. In 2012, OIE Delegates had already adopted new general normative principles on animal welfare relating to animal production systems and a new chapter on the welfare of cattle bred for meat production, thus paving the way for the adoption of new standards on other livestock production systems .*

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 2nd International Workshop

Public Health in the Digital Age

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April 8th, 2014 Seoul,


Topics: to bring together public health professionals working in public health and epidemic intelligence services

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- Animals Focus -


81st General Session of the OIE

-Continuing mobilisation of efforts to protect animals -



Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

2014 Annual Conference

- USA -


June 22-26, 2014 Nashville, Tennessee

Topics: workshops, plenary sessions with leaders in the field of public health

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WAHID interface



The WAHID Interface provides access to all data held within OIE's new World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS). A comprehensive range of information is available from 1) immediate notifications and follow-up reports submitted by Country / Territory Members notifying exceptional epidemiological events current in their territory , 2) six-monthly reports stating the health status of OIE-listed diseases in each Country / Territory.  3) annual reports providing health information and information on the veterinary staff, laboratories...

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- Food / Agriculture -


CENTRAL AMERICA - Control of fruit fly prevalence –

- The seven countries of Central America approached the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in 2001 for help in reducing fruit fly prevalence in their region. This was important for the export of fresh agricultural product exports. Pilot projects developed as teaching tools for Central American farmers proved so successful that, instead of being used only as demonstrations, they became a critical part of export import agreements. A major importing country accepted the results of the demonstrations as validation that the project areas had low pest prevalence, and proof that these areas could be used as part of a systems approach to meeting phytosanitary import requirements. *

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