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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Last week GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Intiative (MVI), announced that the world may be closer to a malaria vaccine than once thought.  Working together, MVI and GSK announced results from a large scale trail in Africa testing the RTS,S vaccine which demonstrated…

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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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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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Bill Gates on the soccer team’s new partnership with the Gates Foundation in the fight to end polio Contrary to popular belief, I don’t spend a whole lot of time following soccer. But as I have travelled around the world to better understand global development and health, I’ve learned that soccer is truly universal. No…

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This is a guest blog by Dr. John Wecker, the director of Vaccine Access and Delivery at PATH. Resourceful, brave, committed — and perhaps a little addicted — that’s the kind of person it takes to ensure that vaccines reach children in the poorest countries of the world. People like Amani Abdelmoniem Mustafa, the manager of…

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This is a guest blog by Erin Fry, a government affairs officer at PATH. Last week, I attended a briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Making the Case for Cost-Effectiveness of Vaccines for Global Health” sponsored by Research!America, the Global Health Council, and PATH. The briefing focused on how vaccines not only save lives, but dollars, too. Panelists Marc LaForce of…

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This guest blog is written by Rachel Irwin, a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Global Health Council delegation to the World Health Assembly. GENEVA — For over 50 years, countries have shared samples of their viruses via the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global Influenza…

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This guest blog was written by Helen Evans, interim chief executive of the GAVI Alliance. GENEVA — I am Helen Evans, the interim chief executive of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and our mission is to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. Right now…

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