Commitments to End Polio and Yellow Fever Builds the Momentum Towards World Immunization Week
On April 16, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative announced that the United Arab Emirates fulfilled its $120 million commitment made at the 2013 Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, paving the way towards sustained on-the-ground eradication efforts within vulnerable communities in Pakistan. This support contributed to a 97 percent decline in cases from 2014 – 2017 and a report of just 22 wild polio cases worldwide in 2017. The good news continued with an announcement from WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and partners of a joint commitment to protect nearly one billion people in Africa against yellow fever by 2026. Spread the word on vaccine effectiveness via WHO’s World Immunization Week (April 24 – 30) campaign materials and read a new WHO blog exploring reasons why immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are steadily declining.
April 5: Devex, in collaboration with Philips, explored the acceleration of progress towards health and health-related SDGs and the potential role that private sector plays in a new report.
April 9: Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT) released four new Solve challenges, one of which is dedicated to frontline health worker investments and services to improve their access to effective and affordable care. Deadline to post a solution is July 1, 2018.
April 12: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) announced a call for applications for the 2018 CSIS Accelerator Series, a training program designed to help young professionals refine their leadership, strategic management, professional, and communications skills. Deadline for applications is May 15.
April 17: Organizers of the Second International Conference on Primary Healthcare announced an opportunity for the public to shape a new Declaration on Primary Health Care. Share input on the draft Declaration by April 23, 12:00 AM CEST.