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Dec 12, 2017

“Supermalaria” is on the way

There has been growing hope in recent years that malaria could eventually be eradicated but that sense of optimism is currently facing some major new challenges. Scientists are warning that a “supermalaria” parasite is spreading rapidly across Southeast Asia, and could pose a global health threat if it spreads to Africa. It is resistant to artemisinin, the recommended first-line treatment for malaria. In addition, if the U.S. Congress carries out the proposed 44 percent cut to the President’s Malaria initiative (PMI) funding, it could have a significantly undercut prevention and treatment programs. Projections show that the PMI cut alone could lead to an additional 300,000 malaria deaths over the next four years.

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Dec 7, 2017

Tanzania: Dar shines in vaccination drive

Tanzania has set a world record in national immunisation coverage, thanks to the government-backed national Immunisation and Vaccine Programme currently under implementation. A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the country has attained 97 per cent, surpassing the target by the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

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Dec 6, 2017

Incorporating responsible data principles in institutional data management

The nonprofit sector produces a wealth of data that plays a fundamental role in the strategic and operational decision-making and learning. Nevertheless, many organizations face major challenges with storing and integrating data produced in the field, limiting decision and learning capacity. Data warehousing and integration is an approach that could help fill this gap. However, it raises challenges in terms of responsible data management. Join a webinar on the topic on December 12. The webinar will discuss the major conceptual, programmatic and technical considerations needed to implement responsible data principles and approaches, at different levels (field, region, global) and scenarios.

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Nov 23, 2017

Vaccination and education are key to relying less on finite antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most complex health challenges of our time with the potential for millions of lives to be at risk by 2050 if we do not take urgent action now.

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Nov 20, 2017

Immunization needs a technology boost

Today, about 80% of infants living in the world’s 73 poorest countries receive routine immunizations, a measure currently assessed by whether they have been given a full course of a vaccine regime to prevent diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. In 2000, only about 60% received such protection. That progress is great, but achieving 100% coverage will require better insight into which children are missing out.

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Nov 13, 2017

Pneumonia vaccine saves 500,000 lives in world’s poorest countries

The rollout of pneumonia vaccine has prevented the deaths of over half a million children in developing countries over the past decade, Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, said today.

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Nov 10, 2017

Cervical cancer deaths: a blind spot in global women’s health

Even the best drivers have a blind spot in their vision, an area in the periphery that remains just out of view but may reveal critical danger. Among global health priorities, policy blind spots also persist. Cervical cancer is a notable example. Preventable, detectable, and treatable at early stages, it remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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Nov 7, 2017

Partnering to fight pneumonia, the “forgotten killer” of children

We have “eradication” targets for polio, “elimination” targets for malaria, and “generation-free” targets for HIV/AIDS, but for a disease that kills more children under five than all three combined, we have…well…very little.

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Nov 5, 2017

Epidemiology expert creates modeling framework to better predict outbreaks

The framework, which uses time series data, is described and illustrated in the article “Fitting dynamic models to epidemic outbreaks with quantified uncertainty: A primer for parameter uncertainty, identifiability, and forecasts,” published in Infectious Disease Modelling. The study’s author is Dr. Gerardo Chowell, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Georgia State.

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Oct 30, 2017

Viruses know no borders

How do you keep track of your family’s vaccinations? Electronic health records and smartphone apps have been developed in many countries but some still use immunisation cards. And, where electronic records exist, they are not always compatible with other systems. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases can travel across borders – without need for passports or visas.

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