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Oct 17, 2017

The full course argument for investing in vaccines

When a typical person hears the phrase “return on investment” or “ROI,” what do they think of? I’d wager they’re weighing a personal financial choice, like whether to put their retirement money exclusively into stocks or bonds, or whether the car they just bought will have good resale value five years from now.

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Oct 13, 2017

We need to improve GIS boundary data accuracy for better development decisions

Boundary data for administrative areas are key to how development data, and development itself, is organized, yet in many countries, simply getting lists of the current administrative areas – provinces, regions, districts, counties, townships, wards or villages- is a problem, especially for lower-level areas.

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Oct 11, 2017

Being bold for change: Uncovering gender gaps in immunization coverage

For many of my early professional years, I was convinced that immunization was global health’s most gender-equitable intervention. As a student and young professional, I was taught that expanding access to life-saving vaccines hinged solely upon overcoming structural barriers such as cost, education and geography, and that girl and boy babies were equally vaccinated (or unvaccinated). Simply put, I learned that gender inequality was a problem for other life-saving interventions but not for vaccines.

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Oct 3, 2017

Good news in the fight against typhoid: New vaccine study shows promising results

Every year, nearly 12 million people around the world—mostly children in low- and middle-income countries—develop typhoid. Most often, people are exposed to typhoid bacteria through unsafe water and inadequate sanitation. While only about 1% of all typhoid cases lead to death, impact for survivors is felt in the long term, often affecting a child’s schooling and a family’s income-earning potential. Children ages 2- to 15-years-old are especially vulnerable to typhoid and tend to develop the most severe form of disease. Despite significant progress during the last few decades to improve access to clean, quality water and improved sanitation facilities, the burden of typhoid remains high, especially among poor communities.

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Oct 2, 2017

New global initiative will connect the world for better health through digital technology

Global Innovation Week, an annual gathering of the international development community, kicked off today with a series of institutional commitments to support innovation. This evening at USAID, Dr. David Fleming, PATH’s vice president for Public Health, delivered PATH’s pledge to advance a new type of funding model that maximizes the impact of every dollar spent on digital technology in the global health sector.

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Sep 26, 2017

World health officials describe progress against tetanus, H.I.V. and malaria

Infant and maternal tetanus was officially eliminated from the Americas this year, the Pan American Health Organization announced on Thursday. At one time, the infection killed about 10,000 newborns annually in the Western Hemisphere; tetanus still kills about 35,000 infants around the world.

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Sep 24, 2017

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an “exciting breakthrough”. Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.

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Sep 22, 2017

Why did India have ten million fewer childhood deaths than expected?

India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the death toll for children under the age of five was 29 million — a fifth of global childhood deaths. That’s an overwhelming number — but it could have been much worse. The findings from the study say that the overall child mortality rate slowed down significantly.

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Sep 4, 2017

Massive Ebola data site planned to combat outbreaks

More than 11,000 people died when Ebola tore through West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and yet clinicians still lack data that would enable them to reliably identify the disease when a person first walks into a clinic. To fill that gap and others before the next outbreak hits, researchers are developing a platform to organize and share Ebola data that have so far been scattered beyond reach.

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Aug 24, 2017

If you want to see how delivery drones should work, look at Africa

Zipline, a Californian drone-delivery startup that has been delivering blood to Rwandan clinics since October, announced today that it’s expanding its operations into neighboring Tanzania. This is an ambitious expansion from a company that has only been in operation a few months: At 364,900 square miles, Tanzania is roughly 35 times larger than Rwanda.

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