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Aug 16, 2017

Digital immunization registry: evidence for the impact of mHealth on enhancing the immunization system and improving immunization coverage for children under one year old in Vietnam

The Vietnam National Expanded Program on Immunization (NEPI) has been successfully implementing a nationwide immunization system since 1985. From the start, the program has increased the immunization coverage rate; however, data on immunization coverage in Vietnam are gathered and aggregated from commune health centers in routine, paper-based reports, which have shortcomings. Also, calculations of coverage are inconsistent at subnational levels, which lead to uncertainty about the size of the target population used as the denominator in coverage calculations. The growth of mobile networks in Vietnam provides an opportunity to apply mHealth to improve the immunization program.

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Aug 1, 2017

Nigeria must make plans to fund own immunisation, expert warns

The lives of millions of children will be at risk between now and 2021 if the federal government fails to take charge of funding immunisation in the country, an official has said.

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Jul 28, 2017

Chennai lab to start production of anti-tuberculosis vaccine by November

Chennai-based BCG Vaccine Laboratory will start production of an anti-tuberculosis vaccine for children by November 2017, Union health minister JP Nadda said on Friday. Presently, the central government purchases BCG vaccines from private pharmaceutical companies for the universal vaccination programme.

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Jul 21, 2017

The power of data

The BID Initiative is partnering with the Ministry of Health in Zambia and Tanzania to introduce a series of data use and data quality interventions to improve immunization services. With better data, health workers can avoid stock-outs, identify defaulting patients, and better measure their performance against neighboring facilities.

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Jul 20, 2017

This Bill Gates-backed fund wants to ‘disrupt’ vaccine delivery in poor countries

At the very top of a tall glass building, in a room overlooking Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, a group of entrepreneurs are working on new ways to get vaccines to the people who need them most. They’ve come here from all over the world, and they’ve all launched pilot projects in poor countries — everything from wearable health monitors and online mapping tools to vaccine refrigerators that plug into cell towers.

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Jul 13, 2017

Q&A: WHO head of emergencies on getting health on the G20 agenda

Global health issues featured more prominently on the agenda of the recently-concluded G-20 summit than at any previous meeting of the rich country grouping. Country chair Germany prioritized discussions about preparedness for pandemics and antimicrobial resistance.

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Jul 12, 2017

‘Poverty favours the mosquito’: experts warn Zika virus could return to Brazil

Weaknesses in the public health system risk another Zika epidemic in Brazil, according to a report published two months after the government declared the mosquito-borne virus was no longer an emergency.

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Jul 7, 2017

Opinion: How technology is helping India move toward smart service delivery

An innovation being rolled out by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is making the jobs of thousands of health care workers across the country more efficient and helping to secure the future of millions of women and children.

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Jul 6, 2017

A new vaccine is promising to advance the frontier of eliminating malaria

More than 30 malaria vaccine candidates are at various stages of development. The RTS,S vaccine is at the most advanced stage.

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Jun 30, 2017

Two historic steps forward: Reflecting on India’s latest immunization milestones

With two historic steps in two months, India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) has started a national journey to protect generations of children from the world’s biggest killers of under-fives. First, last March, the phased introduction of rotavirus vaccine began, providing protection against a leading cause of deadly diarrhea. Then, in May, a similar phased roll-out of pneumococcal vaccine also kicked off — tackling the primary cause of bacterial pneumonia.

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