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  • One Health and integrated vector management: communication, collaboration and complementarity to address real-life problems December 1, 2020
    Many neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) result from diverse types of interactions and often complex cycles of transmission between humans and animals, both vertebrates and invertebrates, and changing social and environmental conditions. Ending the neglect to attain the Sustainable Development Goals: a road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030 was endorsed by the Seventy-third World Health […]
  • WHO announces the Global Diabetes Compact November 30, 2020
    On World Diabetes Day, WHO announced the development of the Global Diabetes Compact, a comprehensive and inclusive approach to support countries in implementing effective programmes for the prevention and management of diabetes.The goals of the Compact, the development of which will be led by WHO, are:  increased capacity of health systems to detect, diagnose and […]
  • TDR and WHO launch a new digital health research toolkit for TB care November 30, 2020
    TDR, in partnership with the WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme, has developed an interactive web-based toolkit that supports national TB programmes and other partners to conduct implementation research designed to evaluate digital technologies for TB care. This will be launched today at a workshop taking place in Beijing, China.
  • Overcoming the drug-resistant TB crisis in children and adolescents November 30, 2020
    World Children’s Day marks the day, over three decades ago, on which world leaders adopted the historic Convention of the Rights of the Child, promising to every child to promote and protect their rights, including the right to life and the right to health.
  • World AIDS Day 2020 – WHO calls for global solidarity to maintain HIV services November 30, 2020
    On 1 December WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally for “global solidarity” to maintain essential HIV services during COVID 19 and beyond - and to ensure continued provision of HIV services for children, adolescents and populations most at risk for the disease. The Organization also calls on countries to provide healthworkers […]
RSS CDC Online Newsroom
  • Transcript for CDC Telebriefing on the COVID-19 Outbreak November 19, 2020
    Transcript for the CDC Telebriefing on the COVID-19 Outbreak, November 19, 2020.
  • 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products November 19, 2020
    Findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today show that approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported currently using a tobacco product in 2019, with about 80% of those adults reporting that they use combustible products such as cigarettes.
  • CDC MEDIA TELEBRIEFING: Update on COVID-19 November 18, 2020
    CDC works 24/7 saving lives, protecting people from health threats, and saving money to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
  • Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ends November 18, 2020
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the global public health community in marking the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) outbreak in Equateur Province.
  • CDC Expands U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with new Social Determinants of Health Module November 17, 2020
    The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded the U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System with a new social determinants of health (SDOH) module to help identify under-resourced areas of the United States and assess the potential impact of health disparities on diabetes burden and risk factors.

International Education News and Updates Amid COVID-19

International Education News and Updates Amid COVID-19

[23rd March 2020] Canada Updates Exemptions to Travel Restrictions for International Students, Princeton to Resume Classes Remotely, Indian Students Seek Refuge Within UK High Commission Premises


Canada provides updates on exemptions to travel restrictions for international students and foreign nationals who have committed to working, studying or moving to Canada.

The exemptions include international students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020. 

Princeton University joins the growing list of schools moving to online classes. Meanwhile, despite the best efforts on the part of schools and the government, thousands of students who went on study-abroad programs remain stranded in various countries. 


Many Indian students stuck in the UK have been relocated to proper accommodations, but 19 students remain in the quarantine areas of the UK High Commission Building. Meanwhile, Chinese students in the UK face a different problem as incidents of racist attacks against them continue to rise.


[21st March 2020] Refunds for US Students; Confusion over Canada’s Border Rules; Advice for UK Students; Quarantined Foreign Students in India; and Tools for Online Classes
 

Students from several universities in Lehigh Valley in Philadelphia and New Jersey can expect refunds for room and board paid at the start of the school year. Some of the refunds will be prorated only for the time the students are away from the campuses. Fees for room and board in this area ranges from $9,000 to $16,000. 

 

Students from other states are also demanding refunds for on-campus residence and meal plan fees that have been paid for the entire school year.

 

Meanwhile, international students are confused and concerned with different announcements regarding the border closure. Some students have been barred from entering the country even as officials state that international students and professionals with work visas will be allowed entry so long as they go through quarantine for 14 days.

 

In the UK, students are advised to self-isolate, know the helpline their universities have set up, decide whether they will stay on campus or go home, monitor news about exams and the start of the next term, and reach out to their schools’ mental health advisors. 

 

To comply with the Indian government’s directive to close all schools, Koneru Lakshmaiah University (KLU) has quarantined 600 foreign students who remain in the country due to lockdowns, travel bans, and flight cancellations. 

 

Meanwhile, more free tools are being shared for schools, teachers, and students from Kindergarten to College who need to conduct lessons online.

 

[20th March 2020] NAFSA 2020 Is Officially Cancelled, UK Orders Schools Closed, Abrupt Shift To Online Classes Brings New Challenges
 

After careful consideration and out of concern for attendees, the Board of NAFSA Association of International Educators has decided to cancel NAFSA 2020. The association is aware that international education faces exceptional challenges now. It ensures that it will continue to advocate and find ways to convene and support the field virtually.

 

The UK government has announced that all schools should close today, March 20, and summer exams are cancelled. Teachers need to evaluate GCSE and A-level results based on predicted grades.  

 

In India, the University Grants Commission has requested all higher education institutions to postpone exams and evaluations until March 31, and the admission tests scheduled in April will likely be postponed as well.

 

Meanwhile, the abrupt transition to online classes in the US is bringing new challenges to schools, including attendance monitoring. However, due to this mass transition to distance learning, companies have begun offering free use of their database for a limited time, including e-textbooks and courseware that students can access at home

 

Several organizations continue to update masterposts that instruct students on how to keep safe and continue studying. In particular, students who opt to continue studying abroad are given some dos and don’ts as they pursue education in a foreign country. 

 

[19th March 2020]  New Zealand Closes  Border To All Travelers
 

Only citizens, permanent residents, residents with valid travel conditions and their immediate family (partner or spouse, legal guardian and dependent children under the age of 24) can still come to New Zealand at present. Immediate family must have a valid visa and travel with the country’s citizen or resident family member on the same flight. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

 

[19th March 2020] Canada Closes Border, US Imposes Travel Restrictions For 28 European Countries, Housing Challenge Hounds Universities, Students During COVID-19
 

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic continues to escalate across the world, with Canada sealing its borders and the United States imposing travel restrictions for 28 European nations. International education suffers a direct blow from the new developments, from travel bans to challenges in student housing and access to campuses. 

 

Read more from our MSM Reporter coverage here: https://conta.cc/2x4BQP8

 

[11th March 2020] Travel Bans Continue, Study Abroad Programs Reach A Halt, And Impact Goes Beyond Health And Finance 
 

The spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to affect education worldwide, with the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declaring it a pandemic. 

 

Universities lose millions as travel bans prevent foreign students from leaving their countries and international enrollment continues to drop. Schools also have to deal with the cancellation of study-abroad programs, adoption of measures for international students who cannot go home and thus need financial aid, and implementation of measures for people who might have been infected.

 

More than the financial and health impact of the virus, a growing number of experts and leaders are concerned with its psychological effect on people since anxiety and fear over the outbreak may lead to racism. 

 

Read more from our MSM Reporter coverage here: https://conta.cc/2W6XGfs

 
[5th March 2020] Countries Raise Alert Levels, US Schools Cancel Study Abroad Programs, Colleges and Universities Take COVID-19 Measures
 

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world. Countries like Iran, South Korea, and Austria have raised alert levels and closed schools due to new cases of COVID-19 infections and deaths. Spring break has begun in the United States, but a growing number of schools have canceled or postponed study-abroad programs for their students. Students who were allowed to go abroad are now being recalled to the US. Some of the schools are even covering the extra cost of flight changes for their students. 

 

Across regions worldwide, schools are taking added measures and preparing entire procedures in case the virus reaches their communities. Meanwhile, international Chinese students bound for New Zealand are still anxiously awaiting news of the travel ban that affects them. Some international students have also expressed concerns over tuition costs and graduation delays due to the outbreak. 

 

Read more from our MSM Reporter coverage here: https://conta.cc/3auMVri

 

[5th March 2020] International Education In The Time Of Coronavirus: An Interview With Prof. Sarah Todd
 

The MSM team sat down for an interview with Prof. Sarah Todd, President of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), on the recently announced postponement of the APAIE 2020 Conference and Exhibition until March 2021 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. 

 

At the helm of the regional association and as Vice President for Global at Griffith University, she offers insight into how international education associations and higher education institutions (HEIs) are grappling with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on international students and entire communities. 

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