Vol 6: Dengvaxia®: The World’s First Dengue Vaccine
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Vol 6: Dengvaxia®: The World’s First Dengue Vaccine

Abstract Dengue fever is considered a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD), as it both affects predominantly resource-limited countries and supports the need for increased research and development (R&D) (1). The situation has become critical given that transmission of dengue has increased in both frequency and magnitude, as well as has expanded to new areas. However, over … Continue reading

Vol 6: The “Insurmountable” Frontier:  How India Eliminated Polio
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Vol 6: The “Insurmountable” Frontier: How India Eliminated Polio

Abstract This case study evaluates India’s efforts to eliminate all poliovirus strains in the country. This was done through massive immunization campaigns that targeted specific and marginalized groups, public awareness campaigns, and an emphasis on nation-wide surveillance. Ultimately, polio was successfully eliminated in India and the country averted 1.48 billion disability-adjusted life years. The number … Continue reading

Vol 6: Taiwan’s Ban on the Marketing of Junk Food to Children
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Vol 6: Taiwan’s Ban on the Marketing of Junk Food to Children

Abstract  Childhood obesity in Taiwan, as in Canada and many other countries, has been steadily increasing in recent years (,). To address this problem, Taiwan’s Ministry of Health banned the marketing of junk food on television to children in January 2016. This paper examines the implementation of Taiwan’s law, and offers observations on the food … Continue reading

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Vol 6: Assessing the Effectiveness of Mental Health Training and Awareness Initiatives for Youth in Malawi and Tanzania

Abstract This paper evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention meant to expand treatment for adolescents with mental illness in Malawi and Tanzania.  The researchers developed radio programs addressing mental health for youth and provided training on mental disorders for educators and healthcare workers in Malawi and Tanzania. At a cost of $2.7 million CAD, the … Continue reading