Posts Tagged ‘vaccines’

Beginning Today, the Promise of a World Without Meningitis

This guest blog was written by Monique Berlier, head of communications for the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a partnership of PATH and the World Health Organization.   In 1996 and 1997, the largest meningitis epidemic in African history swept across sub-Saharan Africa, killing 25,000 people. For ministers of health in meningitis belt countries stretching from Senegal in the…

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Two Continents, One AIDS Epidemic

The speakers talked about a society with an AIDS epidemic driven by a devaluation of girls and women, young people denied evidence-based sex education, parents in denial about their children’s behavior and religious leaders who sometimes do more harm than good. They were talking about sub-Saharan Africa. And they were also talking about the District…

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GAVI Alliance and the Power of Vaccines

NEW YORK, NY – Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-general of the World Health Organization in a high level panel hosted by GAVI, UNICEF and the Government of Kenya as part of the United Nations MDG Summit  said that “vaccines are the best buy in public health”. The GAVI Alliance was created in 2000 to respond to, and combat, rapidly…

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What Can be Done to Ensure Vaccines for Children?

HANOI, Vietnam — The 4th Partners Forum on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) concluded Nov. 19, on the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations was established nearly 10 years ago to accelerate the availability of vaccines and immunizations for child-related illnesses. The…

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Childhood Immunizations: Successes Evident; Equity Gaps Clear

WASHINGTON – More than 100 million infants worldwide are now receiving the key immunizations they need to survive before their first birthday every year. There is great cause for celebration for the lives saved by this remarkable achievement, which was reported to a standing-room only crowd at the National Press Club Wednesday by the World…

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Challenges of reaching the rural population

GHC Policy Communications Coordinator Vince Blaser is traveling in Zambia and Tanzania to visit member programs and report on policy connections. This is the fourth of his reports. LUSAKA, Zambia – Euphrasiah Monze, Danford Makayi, Deborah Mubashi, Mutale Masenga and Dr. Mary Ngoma work at different programs, in different health sectors, from different funders and with different populations.…

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Disease Interactions

In a recent issue of The Lancet, Lowther et al. described a study looking at measles vaccination in a region with high HIV prevalence. Diseases, and interventions to control or treat diseases, often seem to be addressed individually. This stems from the lack of effective health systems and from the growth of vertical (disease-specific) programming.  In…

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