Big Stories of 2016

WACI Health reflects on the major developments in global health in 2016.

  1. In May 2016, WHO recommended a shorter treatment for multi-drug resistant TB, which not only reduces the length of treatment by half for many patients but also cuts costs by at least 50 percent.  Full story

  2. In September, the World Health Organization certified Sri Lanka as a malaria-free nation. Full story

  3. In September, the Global Fund raised close to US$13 billion to accelerate the response to HIV, TB and malaria as well as build resilient and sustainable systems for health. Full story

  4. In October, the world launched the first child-friendly TB medicines. The new formulations will increase children’s adherence to the drugs as they are easier for children to take. Full story

  5. In November, trials for a new HIV vaccine started in South Africa. Full story

  6. In December, a new Ebola vaccine was found to give 100 percent protection against the disease. Full story

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