Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More


Are you ready to shoot the sh*t about new vaccines for diarrhea?

Let’s face it, after more than eight years leading PATH’s work on developing vaccines against Shigella and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) and more than three decades of working on enteric diseases, you might assume that I’ve heard it all when it comes to diarrhea. Not in the least! read more


Comparing the quality of pro- and anti-vaccination online information: a content analysis of…

The exponential increase in health-related online platforms has made the Internet one of the main sources of health information globally.


Markets Matter: experts share why well-functioning markets are essential to the success of…

Even the most effective health products cannot save lives or improve health if they do not reach the people who want and need them. That is why markets—the systems, structures and institutions that facilitate the buying and selling of health products—matter. When markets function well and are healthy, well‐designed, quality-assured, and affordable health products are […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kidsFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field ;

MSF Delivers Petitions To Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline Asking For Lower-Cost Pneumonia Vaccines

The Guardian: Shareholders urged to push for cheaper pneumonia drugs “Shareholders are being urged to use the annual general meetings of Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to put pressure on the companies to lower the price of their life-saving pneumonia vaccines…” (Kollewe, 4/27). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Charity urges price cut for pneumonia vaccine for poor children “Global…More

CDC Will Continue Efforts To End Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Global immunization: 50 Years of work and success Rebecca Martin, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health “…CDC will continue working closely with governments and ministries of health in countries where disease takes a heavy toll and where immunization systems have gaps. … At the same time, CDC will continue to conduct…More

Globally Coordinated Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio, Yield Lessons For Strengthening…

TIME: Historic Global Vaccine Rollout Could End Polio Forever Walter Orenstein, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, professor at Emory University, and former director of the United States’ National Immunization Program “…Since we no longer need to protect against wild type 2 [polio virus], we’re replacing the trivalent vaccine with a bivalent version that…More

Improving Routine Vaccinations, Boosting Population Immunity Against Diseases Critical To…

Devex: Measles — the canary in the coalmine Seth Berkely, CEO of the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[A]ttention must focus on where measles outbreaks still occur — not just because of the tens of thousands of lives the disease claims each year, but because these represent the reservoirs of infectious disease for the world. To…More

Global Immunization: 50 Years of Work, Humanity, and Success

This blog was originally posted on on April 26, 2016. With her head tilted back, the picture depicts a young Nigerian girl, as she was holding her mouth wide open in order to receive her dose of orally-administered polio vaccine. This activity was taking place during Nigeria’s National – Stop Transmission of Polio Program (N-STOP), which is a refined and specialized offspring of two larger programs that train disease detectives: the (international) STOP program, and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. N-STOP is a key element in Nigeria’s effort to rid the country of this crippling disease. Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health Government is a creature of numbers and statistics, a generator of such vast quantities of data and reports that it’s hard to appreciate sometimes the full human dimension of what it takes to protect everyone from vaccine-preventable diseases.

World Immunization Week Requires Focus On Increasing Vaccination Coverage, Researching Vaccine…

The Guardian: Why are millions of children still dying from preventable diseases? Amy Whalley, head of policy advocacy at Results U.K. “…World Immunization Week, which began on 24 April, offers an opportune moment to shine light on the progress being made to reach all children with vaccines through the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). ……More

A refrigerator can save a life: improving the supply chain to protect African kids

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids story roundup. Read all the stories here. The Bunaseke Health Center in the remote Mount Elgon ranges of Uganda went two years without a refrigerator. That might seem unremarkable to some, but clinics need refrigerators to keep many vaccines cold and potent. A refrigerator can save a life. Without […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesFrom heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunizationProtecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field6 infographics: How the world is making malaria history ;

Prevention through vaccination begins with awareness

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From heartbreak to hope: Argentina’s progress in maternal immunization

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids story roundup. Read all the stories here. The most moving case I have ever encountered as a pediatrician came early in my career. The patient was a baby girl called Sol.

In Ghana, MenAfriVac vaccine fights fear as well as disease

Ghana’s dry season is at its end and it has slipped by relatively quietly and harmlessly. In years past, however, the dry weather brought dread, disability, and even death. The sub-Saharan winds that blow from December to March carried with them meningitis, a severe infection of the thin lining that surrounds the brain and the […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesThe next great elimination story: malariaA brave new world for safe and reliable foods ;

WHO To Raise Vaccine Awareness During World Immunization Week Through Regional Events,…

Deutsche Welle: U.N. health body calls for closing the immunization gap “…During World Immunization Week, held from April 24 to 30, the U.N.’s health body wants to remind adults and children that a simple shot can prevent [many] diseases … To do so, the World Health Organization (WHO) has scheduled a series of regional events…More

Financial Times Health Report Examines Vaccine Research, Development, Funding

Financial Times: FT Health: Vaccines “In today’s connected world, where outbreaks of infectious disease can spread faster than ever, scientists and health workers are under pressure to develop vaccines to fight new threats like Ebola and Zika. Innovation and cooperation will be needed to beat the next pandemic…” The special report features seven articles, as…More

6 infographics: how the world is making malaria history

The goal was ambitious: to stop and reverse the rising rates of malaria within 15 years. When the United Nations announced the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, some people were skeptical that this one could be met. At the time, close to 1 million people were dying of malaria each year, most of them children. […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe next great elimination story: malariaMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroesPATH Micro Encabulator™ features hydrocoptic miniaturization and advanced panametric fam.

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