Nov 27, 2014
While making medicines and vaccines more affordable won’t on its own solve the problem of access to medicines – many of the medicines and vaccines that children need already have high-quality, inexpensive generic versions – when it comes to making sure children benefit from the newest and most innovative medicines and vaccines, affordability is critical.
Nov 26, 2014
Ebola has generated news around the world this autumn as an unprecedented global health crisis requiring urgent global action. At the same time, far from the headlines, millions of children continue to die from simple, preventable diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea. Vaccines are some of the lowest-cost, highest-impact ways to help reduce these preventable child deaths, and yet today nearly one in five children around the world does not have access to these life-saving interventions.
Nov 26, 2014
With clinical trials for Ebola vaccines now under way, and with governments and manufacturers stepping up to fund them, there is an almost palpable sense that the panic is over and the problem solved. The reality, however, is that even if a safe and effective vaccine emerges and the epidemic is brought under control, we are still in many ways no better prepared for future outbreaks than we were a year ago.
Nov 25, 2014
For authorities to make informed decisions, they need accurate and reliable data. This is true for healthcare decisions too. An article in AfricanHealthITNews says BroadReach Healthcare is helping authorities do just that. It’s providing administrators with an easy-to-use system which they can use to compare key metrics across their facilities and districts.
Nov 24, 2014
It’s easy to take for granted just how amazing vaccines are, particularly where killer diseases have become all but a distant memory. We have seen smallpox eradicated and endemic wild poliovirus wiped out in all but three countries; between 2002 and 2013, coverage of routine immunization, such as diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) vaccines, has increased from 73 per cent to 84 per cent. More than 200 years after Edward Jenner’s first pioneering work, vaccines continue to be one of the most efficient, innovative and cost-effective ways of saving children’s lives.
Nov 21, 2014
In 1974, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Expanded Program on Immunization to ensure that all children have access to routinely recommended vaccines. Since then, global coverage with the four core vaccines (Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine [for protection against tuberculosis], diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine [DTP], polio vaccine, and measles vaccine) has increased from <5% to ≥84%, and additional vaccines have been added to the recommended schedule.
Nov 21, 2014
One month after quelling its deadly Ebola outbreak, Nigeria stands poised to make another public-health triumph—the near-eradication of polio.
Since 2012, when the World Health Organization declared the crippling infectious disease a “global-health emergency,” the West African country (the last center of polio on the continent) has overhauled its strategies for combating the scourge. Now, through rigorous vaccination campaigns, Nigeria is on the verge of eliminating the virus and making Africa polio-free, the CDC reported Thursday.
Nov 20, 2014
Yesterday the World Bank released their first report on the socioeconomic impacts of Ebola that was based on household data.
There often seems to be an inverse relationship between the usefulness of data and the difficulties involved in collecting it. Emerging crises require timely information to target interventions, but these situations also face the most extreme capacity and frequent delays.
Nov 19, 2014
Benjamin Franklin, sometimes described as the first American, said “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” It’s had a lasting effect across almost four centuries, and forms a foundation for leaders and organisations. The USA’s Institute of Medicine (IOM) has published Making the Case for Continuous Learning from Routinely Collected Data.
Nov 19, 2014
Immunization managers are on the front lines of global health, helping expand the full benefits of immunization to all people. Through effective management of the many elements of an immunization program, immunization managers bring the world closer to achieving the goals outlined in the Global Vaccine Action Plan.