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Aug 27, 2018

Vaccines, explained

Vaccines are one of the biggest breakthroughs in public health — eradicating deadly diseases like smallpox and saving untold numbers of people since they were first developed in the 18th century. Today, vaccines are being readily deployed across the world to combat potentially deadly diseases like the flu, polio, and measles.

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Aug 17, 2018

New initiative to bring vaccination to over 8 million people across Africa

Millions of people living in remote areas across Liberia, Uganda, and Kenya will get support to access lifesaving vaccines thanks to a new partnership between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, The Audacious Project, Last Mile Health and Living Goods.

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Aug 16, 2018

GOFR-Connect: Supporting Guinea in their efforts to achieve health care facility data integration

In many countries, scattered, unintegrated health care data make it challenging for officials to have a full picture of their country’s health system. Data on health service facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, are one foundational dataset that is often found in multiple databases that are not complete and can have conflicting information. This leaves countries without one definitive facilities list to inform improvements in health service delivery.

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Aug 13, 2018

Signs of hope emerge against influenza

Hundreds of thousands of people die every year from influenza or a related condition. Unlike chicken pox and many other viruses in which the initial infection often provides lifelong immunity, the flu virus is constantly evolving. As a result, although most children will have been infected by the time they are around 3 years old, they will encounter new bouts of flu every 5–10 years.

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Aug 10, 2018

Congo starts vaccinating health workers against Ebola

Congolese officials and the World Health Organization began vaccinating health workers against the deadly Ebola virus on Wednesday, to try to halt an outbreak in Congo’s volatile east.

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Aug 7, 2018

Casting a light on the immunisation gap is the first step towards reaching more children with life-saving vaccines

Historically, amongst herding communities in the Afar region of Ethiopia, there has been a distinct aversion to counting. This extends from not sharing the number of cattle in their herds to not recording birth dates and only having an approximate idea of their children’s ages. This can make collecting accurate data about immunisation coverage a complex task, particularly with these populations constantly on the move. Yet it is important that we get it right, because having an accurate idea of where and how many children we are missing with life-saving vaccines is crucial to closing the gap in immunisation.

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Aug 6, 2018

Breastfeeding within hour of birth provides baby’s ‘first vaccine,’ says UNICEF

According to the agency, delaying breastfeeding by two to 23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of life by 40 per cent. Delaying it by 24 hours or more increases that risk to 80 per cent.

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Aug 1, 2018

Cracking the cold chain challenge is key to making vaccines ubiquitous

Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. Infectious diseases like polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), smallpox, mumps, tetanus and rotavirus used to be common around the world. Today vaccines can prevent them.

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Jul 31, 2018

Closer collaboration between Gavi and The Global Fund in Burkina Faso is making every development dollar count

Gavi’s Ahawo Komi M. Alain and Dr. Jean-Thomas Nouboussi of The Global Fund (TGF) share a common task. Each manages their organisation’s investments in improving the health services in Burkina Faso. Gavi focuses on immunisation. TGF targets the end of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. While Alain and Jean-Thomas have always worked together to prevent overlap, their collaboration has moved beyond joint planning in Geneva to on-the-ground coordination in Ouagadougou. As well as sharing similar roles, they now synchronise country visits, field trips, support – and innovation.

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Jul 24, 2018

Using the power of data to achieve universal health coverage

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) has very practical implications for women and girls. It means access to primary health services such as routine health screenings, family planning, and vaccinations. Universal health coverage is defined as all individuals and communities having access to high-quality health services without financial hardship. The ambitious goal of achieving UHC worldwide was amplified when it was included as a target under Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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