Sara Gorman explores some of the factors behind anti-vaccination movements. Image credit: RIBI Image Library at Flickr Last year, polio eradication efforts were severely compromised by a rash of killings by militants in Pakistan and Nigeria. Between December 2012 and January 2013, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan. In early February, more bad news arrived: 9 health workers were murdered in northern Nigeria while working on the polio eradication campaign. Potential explanations and suggestions for future action poured out following the attacks.
Daytime television host Katie Couric courted controversy where it does not exist, yesterday. She featured Emily Tarsell a woman who said the HPV vaccine Gardasil is responsible for her her daughter’s death. Remaining guests, including medical doctors, discussed their support and opposition to the HPV vaccine. Couric builds ‘controversy’ by rising fear of vaccines based on non or … Continue reading →
Here in Uganda at the moment… Parliament up to interesting activities as always. Uganda’s immunization rate (52% in 2011) is among the lowest in the…
Guest contributor Mark Alderson is director of PATH’s Pneumococcal Vaccine Project. This week PATH is cosponsoring the International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases in Hyderabad, India, where we are presenting promising results from our first-in-human clinical study of a … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesDo vaccines really need to be kept cold?3 reasons investing in women’s health is smartAnurag Mairal: technology innovator’s surprising path to global health ;
Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries. CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries for as little as $1…More
Earlier this year, Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter, which took on three persistent myths that block progress for the poor. In the same spirit, this week we’re debunking six myths that impede progress in global health. In … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn the news: a second look to save livesAnurag Mairal: technology innovator’s surprising path to global healthDo vaccines really need to be kept cold? ;
Recently, Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter, which took on three persistent myths that block progress for the poor. In the same spirit, this week we’re debunking six myths that impede progress in global health. Today we take … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related Stories10 cool projects from PATH—and youDo vaccines really need to be kept cold?Ridding Senegal of malaria ;
SciDev.Net: Financing options can make rotavirus vaccines affordable “Developing Asian countries should consider public financing schemes to make rotavirus vaccines affordable and help reduce the incidence of severe diarrhea which kills nearly 188,000 Asian children each year, according to a study [.pdf]…” (Sarmiento, 2/26).
February 24, 2014 An article in the South China Morning Post describes how groups are fighting on frontline of malaria drug resistance in western Cambodia. In December 2008, researchers published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) based on a study conducted on malaria patients in the west of Cambodia. The study showed evidence that malaria parasites in the area were developing resistance to artemisinin, which, when combined with other anti-malarial drugs, has formed one of the few effective treatments against Plasmodium falciparum. While the news was a major setback in the fight against malaria, the source of this new threat wasn’t exactly a surprise; since the 1970s, western Cambodia’s Pailin province, a poor, agricultural area that is still recovering from decades of brutal Khmer Rouge rule, has held the ominous distinction of being ground zero for new drug-resistant malaria strains.
22 February 2014 — WHO is working with the South Sudan Government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140 000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan against cholera.