Global leaders commit further support for global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and COVAX

A joint statement from COVAX partners

On 25 March 2021, 132,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Juba International Airport in South Sudan through the support of the COVAX Facility.


Young children’s diets show no improvement in last decade, ‘could get much worse’ under COVID-19

During crucial period when children begin to transition to solid foods, just 1 in 3 are fed a diet diverse enough to grow well

Children under the age of 2 are not getting the food or nutrients they need to thrive and grow well, leading to irreversible developmental harm, according to a new report released by UNICEF on September 22.


Number of States with High Obesity Prevalence Rises to Sixteen

The number of states in which at least 35% of residents are obese has nearly doubled since 2018 – and disparities persist – according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


NIH builds large nationwide study population of tens of thousands to support research on long-term effects of COVID-19

The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $470 million to build a national study population of diverse research volunteers and support large-scale studies on the long-term effects of COVID-19. The NIH REsearching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative(link is external) made the parent award to New York University (NYU) Langone Health, New York City, which will make multiple sub-awards to more than 100 researchers at more than 30 institutions and serves as the RECOVER Clinical Science Core. This major new award to NYU Langone supports new studies of COVID-19 survivors and leverages existing long-running large cohort studies with an expansion of their research focus. This combined population of research participants from new and existing cohorts, called a meta-cohort, will comprise the RECOVER Cohort. This funding was supported by the American Rescue Plan.


Monitoring flour fortification to maximize health benefits: a manual for millers, regulators, and programme managers

Flour fortification is the practice of deliberately increasing the content of one or more essential micronutrients in flour. Fortification of wheat and maize flours with vitamins and minerals is considered a cost–effective strategy to address micronutrient malnutrition and nutrition-associated health outcomes, such as anaemia or the prevention of neural tube defects.


More than 700 million people with untreated hypertension

Number of people living with hypertension has doubled to 1.28 billion since 1990

The number of adults aged 30–79 years with hypertension has increased from 650 million to 1.28 billion in the last thirty years, according to the first comprehensive global analysis of trends in hypertension prevalence, detection, treatment and control, led by Imperial College London and WHO, and published on 25 August 2021 in The Lancet. Nearly half these people did not know they had hypertension.


Bucharest, Cairo, Córdoba, Dublin, Greater Manchester, and Warsaw Join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Partnership for Healthy Cities

With $31 million investment, Bloomberg Philanthropies expands initiative to 70 cities creating healthier urban environments

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced on 19 August a renewed commitment to its flagship initiative to create safer and healthier urban environments with a $31 million investment and shared that six new cities will join the Partnership for Healthy Cities network—Bucharest, Romania; Cairo, Egypt; Córdoba, Argentina; Dublin, Ireland; Greater Manchester, United Kingdom; and Warsaw, Poland.


International Youth Day 2021: Quality data crucial for improving adolescents’ health and well-being in countries across the world

Contraception within the context of adolescents’ sexual and reproductive lives

International Youth Day is held on the 12th August every year. This important event brings global attention to the specific and diverse issues which young people face and shines a spotlight on the power and potential of young people to speak for themselves and to make lasting change.


Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Proves Successful in South Africa

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 has had positive results in South Africa, the co-head of a trial, Glenda Gray, told reporters Friday.

A research study conducted from mid-February to May with upwards of 470,000 health workers showed positive results in those inoculated, and the country’s health regulator approved the single-shot J&J vaccine in Apri. It is being used in addition to Pfizer's.


Africa announces the rollout of 400m vaccine doses to the African Union Member States and the Caribbean

His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa and African Union (AU) COVID-19 Champion, is pleased to announce the start of monthly shipments of vaccines acquired by the AU / African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to the AU Member States on Augest 5.