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The stories show why foreign aid is worth the penny

For 40 years, PATH has worked with the US government, the private sector, and individuals in low-income countries to develop simple and cost-effective health solutions. Support from the US government has been crucial to PATH’s work to disrupt the cycle of poor health. However, the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA week in China with PATHInnovation: the key to an economic revolution in AfricaNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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Our 8 favorite photos of 2016

It’s a scene still too common in rural Africa: yellow jerry cans lined up at a water pump or faucet, as women and girls (almost always women and girls) collect water and haul the heavy, essential burden home. This photo from northern Uganda shows part of the story—what’s not shown is almost 100 more jerry cans lined up […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 household items we use to save livesWhy playtime for babies is serious businessA lifesaver powered by bicycle pump ;

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Seasonal dynamics of bacterial meningitis: a time-series analysis

Our findings provide key insight into the seasonal dynamics of bacterial meningitis and add to knowledge about the global epidemiology of meningitis and the host, environment, and pathogen characteristics driving these patterns. Comprehensive understanding of global seasonal trends in meningitis could be used to design more effective prevention and control strategies.

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Insights into seasonal dynamics of bacterial meningitis

Despite remarkable progress in prevention via vaccines, bacterial meningitis remains a major global infectious disease challenge with high morbidity and mortality.1 In this issue of The Lancet Global Health, Juliette Paireau and colleagues2 present a global meta-analytical study of the seasonal dynamics of three major pathogens that cause bacterial meningitis worldwide: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. The study compiled a comprehensive global database of national meningitis surveillance data from 66 countries and analysed country-level data using innovative wavelet analysis.

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Challenges of bacterial meningitis case management in Ethiopia

Objective To investigate the current diagnostic and therapeutic strategies used in the care of patients with suspected bacterial meningitis at teaching hospitals in Ethiopia.

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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 ;

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Protecting Kids: powerful stories of immunization from the field

Welcome to Protecting Kids, a collection of stories curated from friends and partners of PATH for World Immunization Week. All children have a right to health, no matter where they live. One of the best ways to ensure a child’s health is through lifesaving vaccines. And yet, even though vaccines exist for many preventable diseases, they are not available to every child. Today, nearly 1 in 5 kids worldwide […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories6 infographics: How the world is making malaria historyIn Ghana, MenAfriVac vaccine fights fear as well as diseaseMalaria vaccines move closer to impact—thanks to malaria heroes ;

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Spinal Meningitis Poses Risk To 450M Africans In 2016, Experts Say

Agence France-Presse: 450 million Africans threatened by spinal meningitis “Spinal meningitis, which can kill in 24 hours, poses a threat to 450 million Africans this year, according to medical experts from eight of the continent’s countries. Meningococcal meningitis is a global burden that affects 1.2 million people every year and causes the death of 135,000…More

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Meningitis Infects 736, Kills 61 So Far This Year In Niger, U.N. Reports

Agence France-Presse: U.N. says 736 meningitis cases, 61 deaths this year in Niger “Sixty-one people have died of meningitis since January in Niger, the United Nations said Tuesday, despite mass vaccinations to prevent a possible epidemic. A total of 736 cases have been officially recorded this year, the local branch of the U.N. Office for…More

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Devex Examines Meningitis Vaccine Project, Lessons For Similar Efforts

Devex: Combating meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa and what the future holds “…[P]ublic health officials across [Africa], along with the World Health Organization and PATH, formed the Meningitis Vaccine Project. This partnership — along with the Serum Institute of India — designed, developed, and produced MenAfriVac, the first vaccine for use specifically in Africa, with African…More

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Integrating Meningitis A Vaccine Into Routine Immunization Programs Important Next Step For…

Project Syndicate: Defeating Meningitis in Africa Chris Elias, president of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Sixteen years ago, African health ministers, the international health NGO PATH, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Serum Institute of India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and dozens of other partners formed the Meningitis Vaccine…More

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Meningitis A Vaccine Helping African Nations Pursue Disease’s Elimination

PATH Blog: Celebrating in Africa: the end of the reign of meningitis Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, discusses progress against meningitis A in Africa, saying the bacterial infection has been nearly eliminated with the development and widespread use of the MenAfriVac vaccine (2/22).

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Celebrating in Africa: the end of the reign of meningitis

This week in Ethiopia, African ministers of health, PATH, and other international organizations are celebrating a true achievement: meningitis A is nearly eliminated. Epidemics of meningitis A swept across sub-Saharan Africa for more than a century, killing thousands of young people—sometimes within hours—and disabling thousands more. The strain of meningitis exists almost exclusively in Africa, […] ; ; ; ;Related Stories7 photos that show how the CDC makes the world a healthier placeChange takes time, but not too muchLifesaving cancer care: real tools for women who urgently need them ;

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Niger Needs 3.2M Meningitis Vaccine Doses, Food Aid For 2M, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Niger needs 3.2 million meningitis vaccines: U.N. “Niger needs millions of doses of meningitis vaccines to ward off a possible epidemic after a spike that has seen dozens of cases reported since January, the United Nations said Wednesday…” (2/17). Agence France-Presse: Two million need food aid in Niger despite crop surplus: U.N. “…Aid…More

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