Infectious Diseases


27 Mar 2018

Key points

  • World TB Day 2018 highlighted TB as a large global problem

  • TB research is lacking yet receives less money than other diseases, despite its mortality

  • We can all campaign for increased funding for TB!

Saturday (24th March 2018) was World TB Day....

Image credit: AFPMB, flickr

Speculated by some to be coined from the Swahili phrase ‘Ka-dinga pepo’ – loosely translated as ‘cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit’ – the etymology of ‘Dengue‘ is uncertain. However, the fear that has plagued communities as Dengue e...

25 Apr 2016

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2015, there were an estimated 438,000 deaths globally due to malaria, 340,000 of which were children under the age of 5 [1].

World Malaria Day (25th April 2016) [2] aims to raise awareness of the 214 million ca...

4 Apr 2016

Image credit: Jerry Lai, Flickr

On the 1st of February 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a cluster of cases of microcephaly amongst newborn children within Latin America to be a public health emergency. This declaration came with details of a strong ass...

28 Mar 2016

Image credit: hdptcar, flickr

Of the approximately 3 billion people who live on less than $2 a day, infectious diseases represent a potent and serious source of ill-health. Each year, diseases such as tuberculosis (TB), schistosomiasis (bilharzia), malaria and HIV/AIDs...

18 Mar 2016

Image left to right: Lord Chidgey (chair of Africa APPG), Tom Hird, Samara Linton and Richard Dowden (director of the Royal African Society)

On Wednesday night, at the House of Commons, Polygeia Editors Tom Hird and Samara Linton perfectly demonstrated what that looks l...

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