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Apr 27, 2017

Drones, infant necklaces and other innovations to vaccinate more children

Africa is fast becoming a significant driving force for innovation. We saw this first with cell phones quickly outstripping landlines, followed by mobile-phone-based banking systems leapfrogging traditional banking.

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Apr 27, 2017

World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says UN health agency

Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the Organization’s goal to stop millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Apr 21, 2017

The top five investments we should be making to tackle NTDs

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of infectious diseases that affect more than 1 billion people worldwide, causing disability, disfigurement, social exclusion, and death. To tackle this global problem, an international partnership of governments, WHO, the pharmaceutical industry, philanthropic donors, non-gvernmental organisations, and the research community was formed in 2012 in London.

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Apr 20, 2017

Maternal immunisation: collaborating with mother nature

Maternal immunisation has the potential to substantially reduce morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases after birth. The success of tetanus, influenza, and pertussis immunisation during pregnancy has led to consideration of additional maternal immunisation strategies to prevent group B streptococcus and respiratory syncytial virus infections, among others. However, many gaps in knowledge regarding the immunobiology of maternal immunisation prevent the optimal design and application of this successful public health intervention.

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Apr 18, 2017

Vaccines save lives, but maintaining widespread coverage is essential

“A vaccine that remains in the vial is 0% effective even if it is the best vaccine in the world,” states a new editorial by Emory Vaccine Center leaders in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Although vaccines against preventable infectious diseases have dramatically reduced global mortality rates, the editorial asserts, maintaining community confidence in vaccination and ensuring widespread coverage is essential to the continued success of vaccines.

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Apr 16, 2017

As Measles Surges In Europe, Officials Brace For A Rough Year

It’s shaping up to be a bad year for the measles worldwide, says Dr. Seth Berkley, who leads the nonprofit Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, devoted to vaccinating children worldwide. There’s one big reason why: Vaccine rates around the world have stalled, Berkley says.

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Apr 6, 2017

Large trial launches of different Ebola vaccine strategies

An international consortium is launching a large trial in West Africa to test different Ebola vaccines and strategies, a step that could shed light on how quickly a strong immune response kicks in, how long the response lasts, and the safety profile of the vaccine candidates.

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Apr 3, 2017

Child Deaths Drop From 14.2 Million In 1990 To 7.3 Million In 2015

The world is doing a much better job of keeping babies alive long enough to become children, children alive long enough to become teens and teens alive long enough to fully grow up, according to a report in today’s JAMA Pediatrics.

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Mar 31, 2017

Connecting the dots: How to get vaccines to more kids

Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the biggest success stories in public health and are responsible for a large portion of the dramatic decline in child mortality observed over the past two decades. But the fact that vaccines exist does not mean they reach every child who needs them. One reason: inadequate immunization supply chains to deliver them.

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Mar 29, 2017

Digital immunization registry launches in Vietnam as national system

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the UN Foundation, PATH has been working with Vietnam’s National Expanded Immunization Program (NEPI) to improve immunization rates for women and young children through the introduction of a Digital Immunization Registry, known as ImmReg, since 2011. After a successful pilot in Ben Tre Province, PATH is now supporting NEPI to scale up this system nationwide.

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