Oct 9, 2018
Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrheal disease among infants and young children in all countries. Despite improvements in sanitation and case management, rotavirus still caused 215,000 child deaths in 2013, with 121,000 of these in Africa. With support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, many countries with high death rates have added rotavirus vaccine to their routine immunization program over the past five years.
Oct 8, 2018
Availability of reliable data has for a long time been a challenge for health programmes in Nigeria. Routine immunisation (RI) data have always been characterised by conflicting coverage figures for the same vaccine across different routine data reporting platforms.
Sep 4, 2018
Sophisticated computer models of weather data and population movement are being used to predict future outbreaks of cholera. Weather data from the UK Met Office and Nasa is being combined with research on the spread of the disease to predict where there is likely to be a cholera outbreak in Yemen – helping health workers to plan a response.
Aug 28, 2018
US study confirms effectiveness of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in women aged up to 20 years who receive all three doses, but more research is needed in women aged 21-26 years. For women aged 14-20 years, catch-up HPV vaccination—offered if American women miss the recommended vaccination series at 11-12 years—is effective against the risk of important cervical precancers if women receive all three doses, according to a population case-control study of over 25000 people published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal.
Aug 27, 2018
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.
Aug 17, 2018
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.
Aug 16, 2018
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.
Aug 13, 2018
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.
Aug 10, 2018
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.
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.