The World Economic Forum (WEF) will host an online roundtable with representatives from the Asian private sector to discuss experiences and lessons learned in the efforts to support the fight against COVID-19 and malaria in the region. The objective is to inspire other businesses to act and foster partnerships between the private sector and the health community. The event, to take place on July 28, will gather members of the M2030 – a group of businesses, foundations and health organizations committed to eliminating malaria by 2030 founded by Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.

Screwworms once killed millions of dollars’ worth of cattle a year by finding their way into these animals through any opening in their skin. These flesh-eating worms named C. hominivorax can infect any living, warm-blooded animal, including pets and humans.

In the 1950s, ranchers urged the United States Department of Agriculture to act, leading to a multidecade effort to get the country free of screwworms. WW2 had just ended; the world already knew the horrific impact radiation could have on human and tissue cells. Would radiation be able to sterilize screwworms? Scientists discovered that it could.

Join the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) and the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network on the launch of APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard 2019. The online event, to take place on July 16, will highlight the progress made towards malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific region over the past decade. Speakers will also discuss key policy challenges that countries can address to accelerate elimination.

If you want to join, register here!

Infectious diseases represent a threat to human health, plants and animals, posing a burden on families, the environment and the economy. A Question & Answers prepared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) explores, among other topics, what is the impact of biodiversity loss on health, how pathogens spill over from animals to humans, and how environmental degradation can contribute to the emergence of new diseases.

The Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy just announced an inquiry to investigate the impact of feral and domestic cats on native wildlife and habitats in the country. Authorities also aim to evaluate the efficacy, cost-effectiveness and use of current and emerging methods and tools for controlling feral cats, including baiting, the establishment of feral cat-free areas using conservation fencing, and gene drive technology.