Developing What Works Best
BID Learning Network
LearningSharingDeveloping What Works Best BID Learning Network


Mar 20, 2019

Vaccine cuts child pneumonia cases by a quarter

The introduction of a vaccine against childhood pneumonia has cut new cases of the disease in a Kenyan county by 27 per cent, a study says. Pneumonia accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths of children under five worldwide each year, with children in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia succumbing to the disease the most, according to the World Health Organisation.

Full Story

Feb 19, 2019

Bill & Melinda Gates 2019 Annual Letter

How would you describe 2018? Was it what you expected? We’d probably say no. From especially devastating natural disasters on the one hand to record numbers of women campaigning for office on the other, 2018 felt to us like a series of surprises. The world looking backward from today is very different from what we pictured a couple years ago looking forward.

Full Story

Feb 18, 2019

Helping developing countries protect against pneumococcal disease

An innovative Training of Trainers program has empowered more than 44,000 healthcare workers across 24 Gavi-supported countries to administer a novel presentation for a vaccine for pneumococcal disease. Diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae are a critically important global public health problem as infection with S. pneumoniae continues to be a major cause of death and disease worldwide.

Full Story

Jan 23, 2019

A new voice for promoting digital technologies in health practice worldwide

The Lancet Digital Health is a new open access journal that builds on The Lancet’s tradition as an advocate for health. This monthly journal is committed to publishing high-quality original research, comment, and correspondence contributing to promoting digital technologies in health practice worldwide. By bringing together the most important advances in this multidisciplinary field, The Lancet Digital Health aspires to be the most prominent publishing venue in digital health.

Full Story

Jan 22, 2019

Readying the world for maternal RSV vaccine

By getting vaccinated in pregnancy, mothers can safeguard themselves and their infants in the first few vulnerable months of life against certain diseases. This strategy is a powerful approach for reaching two stages of life often underserved by current immunization programs—pregnancy and early infancy.

Full Story

Jan 7, 2019

Developing a vaccine for Ebola – the case for coordination and preparedness

The first research showing that VSV-ZEBOV vaccine could help protect against Ebola brought sighs of relief. It was an incredible and humbling achievement that had only been possible due to the global collaboration of researchers, NGOs, governments, industry and funders – all working towards a unified goal.

Full Story

Dec 26, 2018

12 innovations that will revolutionize the future of medicine

I would never have met Harriett were it not for our mutual friend, Linda. I’m a physician in Northern California; Harriett’s a communications executive in New York City. Linda co-founded an online personal genomics company, to which Harriett and I each sent our genetic information for analysis.

Full Story

Dec 19, 2018

It’s time for a bill of data rights

It is the summer of 2023, and Rachel is broke. Sitting in a bar one evening, browsing job ads on her phone, she gets a text message. Researchers doing a study on liver function have gotten her name from the bar’s loyalty program—she’d signed up to get a happy-hour discount on nachos. They’re offering $50 a week for access to her phone’s health data stream and her bar tab for the next three months.

Full Story

Dec 17, 2018

Vaccines group plots path through conflict, instability, epidemics

More children worldwide are now immunized against killer diseases but the task has become harder due to conflicts, epidemics, urbanization and migration, the head of a global vaccine group said.

Full Story

Dec 3, 2018

Flu virus is a master shape-shifter

An influenza virus infecting a single cell can produce offspring with a wide variety of shapes, maximizing the virus’s chance of escaping attack by antiviral therapies.

Full Story