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Sep 24, 2017

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an “exciting breakthrough”. Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.

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Sep 22, 2017

Why did India have ten million fewer childhood deaths than expected?

India has the tragic distinction of being a world leader in childhood deaths. Between 2000 and 2015, the death toll for children under the age of five was 29 million — a fifth of global childhood deaths. That’s an overwhelming number — but it could have been much worse. The findings from the study say that the overall child mortality rate slowed down significantly.

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Sep 4, 2017

Massive Ebola data site planned to combat outbreaks

More than 11,000 people died when Ebola tore through West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and yet clinicians still lack data that would enable them to reliably identify the disease when a person first walks into a clinic. To fill that gap and others before the next outbreak hits, researchers are developing a platform to organize and share Ebola data that have so far been scattered beyond reach.

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Aug 24, 2017

If you want to see how delivery drones should work, look at Africa

Zipline, a Californian drone-delivery startup that has been delivering blood to Rwandan clinics since October, announced today that it’s expanding its operations into neighboring Tanzania. This is an ambitious expansion from a company that has only been in operation a few months: At 364,900 square miles, Tanzania is roughly 35 times larger than Rwanda.

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Aug 22, 2017

HIV/AIDS is no longer the leading cause of death in Africa

The World Health Organization’s most recent data on global deaths has good news for the African continent, including fewer people dying of HIV/AIDS and malaria.

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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 15, 2017

WhatsApp-ening in India’s measles-rubella vaccine campaign?

It’s a Saturday night and my phone memory is full again. Another 53 messages have come through from Uttarkhand, and then 37 more from Telangana. Scrolling through them is a rainbow of colour and activity with the bright clothes of women health workers blurring as my finger scrolls with the red and white dots of the campaign materials. My finger pauses on an image. A pharmacist has drawn an impressive cartoon of a family with a message about the campaign in the local language, Pahari. Already the cartoon has gone viral on local WhatsApp groups.

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Aug 14, 2017

Forecasting outbreaks – one image at a time

Public health is like your plumbing—you don’t notice it until it’s broken. And when those safeguards and policies put in place to keep our communities healthy and strong are broken, the results can be devastating.

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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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