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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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Oct 28, 2017

Substantial decline in global measles deaths, but disease still kills 90,000 per year

In 2016, an estimated 90,000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550,000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen below 100,000 per year.

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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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