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Measles eradication plans have stalled: WHO

Measles deaths have gone up, not down, in the last year. Progress towards elimination of the disease that kills and disables thousands of children has stopped in its tracks as funding has been cut back in the global recessionProgress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organisation is warning. The number of deaths from the viral disease actually rose in the last year – from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.The eyes of the world are on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the collapse of healthcare under pressure from Ebola means that other diseases, including measles as well as malaria, are on the rise. But it has not taken a catastrophe of the scale of Ebola to de-rail the attempt to stamp out measles, a killer of small children which is so easily prevented by the use of a very cheap routinely-administered vaccine.Poor progress in increasing measles vaccination coverage has resulted in large outbreaks of this highly contagious disease, throwing the 2015 elimination targets off-track. Countries urgently need to prioritize maintaining and improving immunization coverage

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Prevention of neonatal pneumonia and sepsis via maternal immunisation

Pneumonia is the leading killer of children younger than 5 years, and the greatest risk of mortality from pneumonia in childhood is in the neonatal period. Substantial reductions in childhood pneumonia deaths have been hindered by a lack of progress in addressing neonatal mortality. Deaths in the neonatal period constitute 41·6% of the 6·3 million children who die annually before their fifth birthday. In 2010, there were an estimated 1·7 million cases of neonatal sepsis and 510 000 cases of neonatal pneumonia.

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Dengue Vaccine Effective in Phase 3 trial: NEJM

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published promising results of a new vaccine to prevent Dengue Fever. The CYD-TDV vaccine was 60.8% effective Read More

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Growing Global Vaccine Market Helping Spur Drug Companies To Pursue Ebola Vaccine

The New Yorker: The Race for an Ebola Vaccine “…So why this race to create an Ebola vaccine among Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson — three of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers? … [O]ver the past several years, companies have realized that the difficulties of making vaccines could be an asset, because they can…More


Aid. Industry.

It’s become increasingly common over the past few years to describe the Aid Industry as the Aid Industry. An industry. And rightly so, because it is an industry. What’s this mean? In my mind it means several things: It is absolutely possible to regulate the aid industry, to standardize both the product that aid providers […]


Mozambique Aims To Lower Cervical Cancer Rate With Screenings, HPV Vaccinations

VOA News: Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls “Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that is widening an already gaping…More


Increased Funding For NIH Infectious Diseases Research ‘An Investment In Our Health And Our…

Seattle Times: Fund the National Institutes of Health to fight infectious diseases Alan Aderem, president and director of Seattle BioMed “…Disease research is some of the most critical and challenging work of the 21st century. Increased funding to the NIH is the single most important component to discovering new vaccines, drugs, and cures for the…More


U.S. ‘Must Increase Its Longstanding Investment In’ Gavi

The Hill: Four reasons why the U.S. should invest more in vaccines around the world Richard Lugar, former Republican Senator from Indiana “…Among our most effective tools for stabilizing fragile states and improving perceptions of the United States are our global health programs. … Especially important are our efforts to immunize young children against deadly…More


MSF Waited Too Long To Ask For Ebola Vaccine, Aid Group Veteran Says

Reuters: Exclusive: MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier, says aid group veteran “Médecins Sans Frontières ‘wasted time’ by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. … [T]he emergency group relied too much on strategies it…More


Measles eradication plans have stalled: WHO

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Measles deaths have gone up, not down, in the last year. Progress towards elimination of the disease that kills and disables thousands of children has stopped in its tracks as funding has been cut back in the global recessionProgress against the elimination of measles has stalled, the World Health Organisation is warning. The number of deaths from the viral disease actually rose in the last year – from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.The eyes of the world are on Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the collapse of healthcare under pressure from Ebola means that other diseases, including measles as well as malaria, are on the rise. But it has not taken a catastrophe of the scale of Ebola to de-rail the attempt to stamp out measles, a killer of small children which is so easily prevented by the use of a very cheap routinely-administered vaccine.Poor progress in increasing measles vaccination coverage has resulted in large outbreaks of this highly contagious disease, throwing the 2015 elimination targets off-track. Countries urgently need to prioritize maintaining and improving immunization coverage


Prevention of neonatal pneumonia and sepsis via maternal immunisation

940px-Lower_respiratory_infections_world_map_-_DALY_-_WHO2004.svg

Pneumonia is the leading killer of children younger than 5 years, and the greatest risk of mortality from pneumonia in childhood is in the neonatal period. Substantial reductions in childhood pneumonia deaths have been hindered by a lack of progress in addressing neonatal mortality. Deaths in the neonatal period constitute 41·6% of the 6·3 million children who die annually before their fifth birthday. In 2010, there were an estimated 1·7 million cases of neonatal sepsis and 510 000 cases of neonatal pneumonia.


IMA Tanzania a Key Player in Massive National Vaccine and MDA Campaign

; The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases is happy to share news from IMA World Health. A first of its kind for Tanzania, the national co-implemented immunization and mass drug administration strengthened the country’s integrated efforts to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases.  On Saturday, October 18, IMA World Health participated in a special event in Dodoma, Tanzania, to launch […]


Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5).


Experimental Hepatitis C Vaccine Safe In Humans, Study Says

News outlets report that an experimental vaccine for hepatitis C has shown to be safe for humans. Los Angeles Times: Experimental hepatitis C vaccine shows promise, researchers say (Morin, 11/5). Reuters: GSK hepatitis C shot shows promise, bodes well for Ebola vaccines (Kelland, 11/5). TIME: Hepatitis C Vaccine Safe In Humans, Study Finds (Sifferlin, 11/5).


Opinion Pieces Address Ebola Quarantines, Development Of Treatments, Vaccines

New England Journal of Medicine: Panic, Paranoia, and Public Health — The AIDS Epidemic’s Lessons for Ebola Gregg Gonsalves, HIV/AIDS activist and co-director of the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health, and Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS activist “For those of us who lived through the early days…More


Dengue Vaccine Effective in Phase 3 trial: NEJM

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This week, the New England Journal of Medicine published promising results of a new vaccine to prevent Dengue Fever. The CYD-TDV vaccine was 60.8% effective Read More


Gavi In Talks To Pay For Ebola Vaccine

Bloomberg News: Bill Gates-Backed Group Weighs Funding for Ebola Vaccine “…[Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] is in talks with Glaxo[SmithKline], the World Health Organization, and others about paying for [new Ebola] vaccines, and its board will make a decision when it meets next month, said Seth Berkley, Gavi’s chief executive officer…” (Bennett, 11/4).


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