This NYT article discusses a recent push by East African nations to curtail the importation and sale of secondhand clothing, in an attempt to help foster their local industry. The issue is complex – obviously impact those involved in secondhand sale presently – and it’s worth noting that even this relatively small industry still has lobbying power in Congress, as discussed around the middle of the piece.
On a more cheerful, problem-solving tip, this NYT piece discusses a method to turn GPS coordinates into something, well, more easy to use. As Tina Rosenberg discusses, there’s a wide array of civic and private issues that this could assist, and some of the early trials she describes sound pretty neat.
The annual WHO TB Report is out, with a punchline that while things are improving, the rate of decline is not quick enough to meet Sustainable Development Goals (or moral imperatives) – as such, the authors argue for a renewed surge of funding, both domestically and internationally, aimed at TB programs.
This piece details one facet of TB control programs requiring further improvement, the ability to track migrant workers such that they can complete courses of therapy safely while moving between jobs or between home and work. The nations discussed here are implementing a cross-nation electronic health record for TB patients, starting with South African migrant miners. Worth noting that South Africa has a good amount of money (relative to sub-Saharan Africa as a whole), and as such the ability to implement such approaches more broadly may be limited.
Finally, it’s the 20th anniversary for the Global Burden of Disease program, which has been a landmark in providing helpful information for public and global health specialists on a strategic level.