Gender Disparities in HIV Mortality in South Africa

November 30th, 2015

HIV mortality has declined significantly faster among women than men in rural South Africa since free treatment became widely available, and a high proportion of HIV-related deaths are occurring among men who have never sought care in public clinics or hospitals, according to a new study led by a School of Public Health researcher.

Worldwide Travel Alert

November 28th, 2015

Worldwide Travel Alert
November 28th, 2015

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions. These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests. This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq. Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis. Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services. In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali. ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowed places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events. U.S. citizens should monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities. Persons with specific safety concerns should contact local law enforcement authorities who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. U.S. citizens should:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities. Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

Foreign governments have taken action to guard against terrorist attacks, and some have made official declarations regarding heightened threat conditions. Authorities continue to conduct raids and disrupt terror plots. We continue to work closely with our allies on the threat from international terrorism. Information is routinely shared between the United States and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.

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Drug Treatment Improvements Needed in Mexico

November 24th, 2015

Drug-involved couples in resource-poor communities in Mexico do not get treatment because of financial, social, and institutional barriers, a new study led by a School of Public Health researcher has found.

Public Health in Photos

November 24th, 2015

For its “Public Heath Lens” photo contest, the Student Senate put out a call to the entire SPH community this fall: capture the essence of public health in a single image.

Mass. students gather, play basketball in support of Syrian refugees

November 24th, 2015

In light of the recent Syrian refugee crisis, the Islamic Society of Boston University hosted a “Hoop for Syria” basketball tournament at the SAC Gym Saturday as a part of their Syrian Refugee Fundraising Week.