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Global Health Review - 03 April 2020

This week, a Comment published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases follows on from last week’s World TB Day in highlighting the underappreciated extent of long-term functional impairments from tuberculosis, even amongst people who have eventually recovered; the authors also set out the importance of greater understanding of pathogenesis of these long-term impairments.


MSF coauthors an Editorial in BMJ calling for governments to evacuate migrant camps and release those held in immigration detainment centres around the Mediterranean, in order to break the chain of covid-19 transmission. They argue that covid-19 policy is currently not systematically considering the needs and factors affecting migrant groups, threatening pandemic control. A World Report in The Lancet also mentions MSF while noting that Venezuelan migrants in Colombia are struggling to meet their basic and medical needs as a result of actions being taken against covid-19. And Correspondence in The Lancet argues that the combined forces of the covid-19 pandemic, together with a history of structural violence in the Gaza Strip, threatens to devastate one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.


Finally, MSF coauthors an operational research study published in TM&IH describing the deployment of HIV self-testing in Eswatini during a nine-month period. Integration of self-testing into existing facility- and community-based testing was feasible, and 95% of those found to have confirmatory blood-based tests were ultimately linked to HIV care.


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Conflict, migration, and health

The Lancet Global Health • Comment ***MSF AUTHOR***: Knowledge production in humanitarian crises: beware of the innovation trap


WHO Bulletin
• Article : Evidence of behaviour change during an Ebola virus disease outbreak, Sierra Leone


The Lancet Infectious Diseases
• Article : Safety and immunogenicity of the tetravalent, live-attenuated dengue vaccine Butantan-DV in adults in Brazil: a two-step, double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled phase 2 trial

Neglected tropical diseases

PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
• editorial : Central Latin America: Two decades of challenges in neglected tropical disease control


• news : Covid-19: what treatments are being investigated?

The BMJ • news : Don’t forget chronic lung and immune conditions during covid-19, says WHO

The BMJ • news : Covid-19: trials of four potential treatments to generate “robust data” of what works

The BMJ • Feature : The world’s largest refugee camp prepares for covid-19

The BMJ • editorial ***MSF AUTHOR***: Europe’s migrant containment policies threaten the response to covid-19

The BMJ • editorial : Covid-19 risks and response in South Asia

The BMJ Global Health • Blog : Saving lives by European solidarity and cooperation in response to COVID-19

The BMJ Opinion • opinion : Covid-19: Protecting frontline healthcare workers—what lessons can we learn from Ebola?

The Lancet • World Report ***MENTIONS MSF***: Venezuelan migrants “struggling to survive” amid COVID-19

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • Comment : Epidemic preparedness in urban settings: new challenges and opportunities

The Lancet • editorial : COVID-19: learning from experience

The Lancet • and comment : WHO launches crowdfund for COVID-19 response

The Lancet Adolescent and Child Health • Comment : Mental health considerations for children quarantined because of COVID-19

The Lancet Pubic Health • Correspondence : The COVID-19 response must be disability inclusive

The Lancet • Correspondence : Tracking COVID-19 responsibly

The Lancet • Correspondence : A role for CT in COVID-19? What data really tell us so far

The Lancet • Correspondence : Structural violence in the era of a new pandemic: the case of the Gaza Strip

The Lancet • Correspondence : The many estimates of the COVID-19 case fatality rate

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • Correspondence : CT screening for early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • and comment : Radiological findings from 81 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia in Wuhan, China: a descriptive study

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • and comment : CT screening for early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection – Authors' reply

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • Correspondence : Are patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus at increased risk for COVID-19 infection?

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • and comment : Antihypertensive drugs and risk of COVID-19?

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • and comment : Antihypertensive drugs and risk of COVID-19?

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • and comment : Antihypertensive drugs and risk of COVID-19?

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • and comment : Antihypertensive drugs and risk of COVID-19? – Authors' reply

The Lancet Pubic Health • Comment : COVID-19: extending or relaxing distancing control measures

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • Comment : COVID-19 in children: the link in the transmission chain

TheLancet Infectious Diseases • Comment : Management of pregnant women infected with COVID-19

The Lancet • Correspondence : Immunosuppression for hyperinflammation in COVID-19: a double-edged sword?

The Lancet Global Health • Comment : Early in the epidemic: impact of preprints on global discourse about COVID-19 transmissibility

The Lancet infectious diseases • Comment : SARS-CoV-2: virus dynamics and host response

The Lancet Global Health • Comment : COVID-19: mitigating transmission via wastewater plumbing systems


The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
• comment : Tackling two pandemics: a plea on World Tuberculosis Day

The Lancet infectious diseases • Comment : Zoonotic tuberculosis—a call for an open One Health debate

The Lancet infectious diseases • Comment : Tackling long-term morbidity and mortality after successful tuberculosis treatment


• Article ***MSF AUTHOR***: Implementation of community and facility based HIV self‐testing under routine conditions in southern Eswatini