July 2015 saw two big milestones for Nigeria’s quest to eliminate polio. First, the country hit the one-year mark of recording zero polio cases, a significant achievement in global health. Second, Nigeria finished introducing the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization systems in five more states, accelerating the new vaccine’s implementation.
Carlson S, Duber HC, Achan J, Ikilezi G, Mokdad AH, Stergachis A, Wollum A, Bukhman G, Roth GA. Capacity for diagnosis and treatment of heart failure in sub-Saharan Africa. Heart. 2017 May 10. doi: 10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310913.
Di Giorgio L, Moses MW, Fullman N, Wollum A, Conner RO, Achan J, Achoki T, Bannon KA, Burstein R, Dansereau E, DeCenso B, Delwiche K, Duber HC, Gakidou E, Gasasira A, Haakenstad A, Hanlon M, Ikilezi G, Kisia C, Levine AJ, Maboshe M, Masiye F, Masters SH, Mphuka C, Njuguna P, Odeny TA, Okiro EA, Roberts DA, Murray CJL, Flaxman AD. The potential to expand antiretroviral therapy by improving health facility efficiency: evidence from Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. BMC Medicine. 2016 20 July. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0653-
Di Giorgio L, Flaxman AD, Moses MW, Fullman N, Hanlon M, Conner RO, Wollum A, Murray CJL. Efficiency of health care production in low-resource settings: a Monte-Carlo simulation to compare the performance of Data Envelopment Analysis, Stochastic Distance Functions, and an ensemble model. PLOS ONE. 2016 Jan 26. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0147261.
Wollum A, Burstein R, Fullman N, Dwyer-Lindgren L, Gakidou E. Benchmarking health system performance across states in Nigeria: a systematic analysis of levels and trends in key maternal and child health interventions and outcomes, 2000–2013. BMC Medicine. 2015 2 September.
Di Giorgio L, Murray CJ, Hanlon M, Conner R, Wollum A. An innovative approach to measuring efficiency of health service provision in developing countries. Annals of Global Health. 2014 Sept 25. doi: 10.1016/j.aogh.2014.08.129.
Ng M, Freeman MK, Fleming TD, Robinson M, Dwyer-Lindgren L, Thomson B, Wollum A, Sanman E, Wulf S, Lopez AD, Murray CJL, Gakidou E. Smoking prevalence and cigarette consumption in 187 countries, 1980-2012. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2014; 311(2):183-192. Doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284692.
September 3, 2015
January 14, 2014
In this post, we delve into three countries that have worked to decrease smoking: Canada, Bolivia, and Japan. We hope that sharing these efforts will encourage journalists to report these initiatives more deeply!
January 9, 2014
On January 11, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. This was the first time the Surgeon General formally warned of the health hazards associated with smoking tobacco.