Immunization

Legislative Approaches to Immunization Across the European Region

In the last five years, Europe has experienced outbreaks and increased incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases, notably measles, across the region. In the first six months of 2018, over 41,000 children and adults in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region were infected with measles, exceeding 12-month reports for the eight previous years. This is a…

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World Health Organization: Building a Healthier Future for Tomorrow

This post originally appeared on the Better World Campaign website, and was written by Kelli Meyer. The Better World Campaign (BWC) works to foster a strong, effective relationship between the United States and the United Nations to promote core American interests and build a more secure, prosperous, and healthy world. They are a 2018 Global Health…

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A Grand Challenge: Make Flu History

This blog post was written by Bruce Gellin, President, Global Immunization, the Sabin Vaccine Institute as part of GHC’s Member Spotlight Series. The post is adapted from a Fortune commentary first posted on Fortune.com on April 30. View the original post here. The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally,…

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CDC Protects People from Disease Threats and Outbreaks in the U.S. and Around the World

This blog post was written by Carmen Villar, MPH, Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Communication, at the the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [supsystic-gallery id=4 position=center] Opinion polls show that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the federal government’s most admired and trusted agencies. Since its founding in…

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GHC WHA Statement on Agenda Item 16.4 – Addressing the global shortages of medicines, and the safety and accessibility of children’s medication

GHC, in collaboration with AAP, EGPAF, and PATH, would like to address agenda item 16.4. We share WHO Secretariat’s concerns about shortages of essential medicines for children. Children have distinct pharmacotherapy needs related to drug administration, medicine-related toxicity, and taste preferences, and require medicine formulas that are tailored to their ages, sizes, physiologic conditions, and…

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GHC Participates in Polio Advocacy Day on the Hill

Last week, in collaboration with the other members of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary International carried out an advocacy day to promote continued investment in the final push to end polio worldwide. GHC participated in the well-attended briefings held in the Capitol Visitors Center where Dr Chris Elias of the Gates Foundation updated congressional staff and Rotarians about the…

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Potential UNEP Treaty Language Could Impact Vaccines

This is a guest blog by Erin Fry, Government Affairs Officer of PATH. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is supporting the development of a treaty on mercury which may include language that impacts access to vaccines in poor countries. Thiomersal (which also goes by the name thimerosal) is a key preservative that contains small amounts of…

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We Started! The First Child in Sudan to Receive a Rotavirus Vaccine

This is a guest blog by Dr. Amani Abdelmoniem Mustafa, manager of the Expanded Programme on Immunization for Sudan. KHARTOUM, Sudan — The day that we were waiting for arrived. The children of Sudan have long suffered terrible, sometimes deadly, diarrhea caused by rotavirus. Fortunately, there is a vaccine that can save our children from so much…

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