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Realistic portrayal of the scientific community needed to combat science denial

With the recent release of the movie “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” I’m seeing a few blog posts and articles pop up about the hegemonic Read More

Science, global health, and irrational health behaviors

Ed. Note: Sara Gorman will be joining us once a month to highlight different aspects of her forthcoming book on science denialism.  Have you ever Read More

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

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Friday Think: Putting a fluorescent spotlight on pneumonia

Diagnosing pneumonia is a challenge—and not just in the developing countries where PATH works. Even when state-of-the-art medical technologies are readily available, diagnosing the infection is far from easy. This is especially true for intensive-care patients who might be dealing with multiple health issues. Researchers in Scotland may have a solution.


Strengthening Immunization in Challenging Settings

Training cold chain mentees in solar direct drive fridges installation Providing routine immunization services is a global public health priority to protect families and children from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and cholera. In South Sudan, the world’s newest country, the need is enormous. Without vaccination, children and their communities may be vulnerable to preventable but deadly and disabling diseases. From 2008 to 2012, South Sudan experienced its largest polio outbreak.


Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind – How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine…

In Nepal, pediatricians meet with a caregiver and frontline vaccinators to learn how pediatricians can more effectively advocate for vaccine access. Today, more children are saved by vaccines than ever before, but over 19 million children are still missing out on these critical life-saving vaccines each year across the world (WHO, 2017). To put that in perspective, that’s almost the entire population of the state of Florida. Globally, coverage for the first dose of the measles vaccine has reached 85%, a remarkable accomplishment. Yet, in Somalia, progress in measles coverage has stagnated in the past five years, with coverage holding below 50%


WHO’s SAGE Group Releases Summary Of Recommendations On Vaccines For Various Diseases,…

CIDRAP News: WHO vaccine advisers weigh in on polio, cholera, Ebola, diphtheria “World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisers wrapped up a three-day meeting in Geneva [Thursday] and made recommendations regarding immunization for several diseases, including polio, cholera, Ebola, and diphtheria. [Friday], the agency released a summary of its 15-member Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE)…More


U.S. Should Continue To Support Global Vaccination Efforts

The Hill: The U.S. should work to promote vaccines around the world Richard Lane, director of the Master of Public Health Program at Liberty University “…[M]any global health professionals fear a U.S. retreat from the world, with sharp cuts in foreign assistance influence, leadership, and funding, will harm health security in the U.S. and abroad.…More


Global Community Should Ensure ‘All Children Have Access To All Essential Vaccines’

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Extending the promise of health to all children, everywhere Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…By helping children in low- and middle-income countries avoid disabling and life-threatening diseases, we are ensuring that hundreds of millions of people will have the opportunity to lead…More


Global Vaccine Action Plan Aims To Help Pediatricians Immunize All Children

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind — How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine Coverage In a guest post, Louis Z. Cooper, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), discusses global immunization coverage and the 19 million children worldwide who do not receive vaccinations. He highlights the Global Vaccine…More


Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance’s Global Immunization Efforts Critical To Children’s Health,…

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: A Chance at a Better Life, Thanks to Vaccines Megan Guilfoyle, communications associate at USGLC, discusses Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s global efforts, writing, “Immunization efforts … impact entire communities — and the world at large. Healthy children serve as a catalyst for workforce productivity, allowing for countries like the U.S. to…More


Immunizations Save Lives, Increase Economic Productivity

Devex: Opinion: Embrace the facts — not the myths — about vaccines Flavia Bustreo, WHO assistant director general for family, women’s, and children’s health, and vice chair of the board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Immunization is actually one of the most incredible scientific innovations, and has contributed hugely to preventing deaths — mostly of…More


WHO Highlights Success, Importance Of Vaccines During World Immunization Week

U.N. News Centre: World Immunization Week: Power of vaccines still not fully utilized, says U.N. health agency “Vaccinations stave off 26 potentially deadly diseases, the United Nations health agency is emphasizing on the first day of World Immunization Week, which also marks the halfway point of the organization’s goal to stop millions of deaths from…More


Lessons From Ebola Highlight ‘Vital Centrality Of Vaccines’ As Tool For Disease Prevention,…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New partnerships needed after Ebola’s hard lessons J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director, and Chris Millard, program manager and research associate, both at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Health Policy Center “…[W]hile today the epidemic has been largely contained, Ebola taught us three powerful lessons about the…More


WHO Releases 10-Year Review Report Chapters Focusing On Vaccines, Viral Hepatitis

WHO: The power of vaccines: still not fully utilized This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on vaccines. “Vaccines have been one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine. WHO estimates that at least 10 million deaths were prevented between 2010 and 2015 thanks to vaccinations delivered around…More


Financial Times Special Report Focuses On Vaccines

Financial Times: FT Health: Vaccines “Vaccine research grows vigorously, propelled by rising world demand to fight existing diseases and to guard against new threats. Ebola and Zika have recently caused huge international alarm. Yet the Trump era may give voice to increased vaccine skepticism…” This special report includes eight articles on various aspects of vaccine research…More


Controlling cholera in the Ouest Department of Haiti using oral vaccines

by Alexander Kirpich, Thomas A. Weppelmann, Yang Yang, John Glenn Morris Jr., Ira M. Longini Jr.


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