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Coming soon: DefeatDD’s new state-of-the-field report

Coming soon: DefeatDD’s new state-of-the-field report hrandall Tue, 10/31/2017 – 14:58 Nov 01, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD In April 2009 (can’t believe it was eight years ago!), my first task as a newly minted member of PATH’s Poo Crew was to help finalize and launch our team’s first-ever state of the field report on diarrhea: Diarrheal Disease: Solutions to Defeat a Global Killer. I also helped to collect the names of more than 100 organizations from around the world that signed onto a Call to Action statement advocating for greater attention to, and urgency around, diarrheal disease.   As we’d hoped, so much content in those pages is outdated thanks to global progress.. In those early materials, we said things like “Rotavirus vaccines may soon be available for global use.” In late 2009, the World Health Organization issued its recommendation for all countries introduce rotavirus vaccines into their national immunization programs, a key step for vaccine procurement through structures like UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

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Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan

Rotavirus vaccines: a lifesaving opportunity for Afghanistan hrandall Tue, 10/31/2017 – 11:17 Oct 31, 2017 Dr. Palwasha Anwari Photo: Palwasha Anwari   Diarrheal disease has haunted Afghanistan for far too long. In 2015, a Demographic and Health Survey from Afghanistan found that, in the two weeks before the survey, nearly three in ten children under five had suffered from diarrhea. It is estimated that more than 45 percent of all diarrhea-related hospitalizations in Afghanistan are due to rotavirus—the leading, deadliest form of severe diarrheal disease—and Afghanistan is one of just ten countries that account for almost two-thirds of all rotavirus deaths worldwide.   This needs to end.

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Women lead the way to a healthier India

Women lead the way to a healthier India hrandall Wed, 10/25/2017 – 15:05 Oct 25, 2017 Erika Amaya Digital Communications Officer, PATH On DefeatDD’s trip to India earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet with many dedicated colleagues working to reduce the toll of childhood diarrhea. As they guided our team through some of the communities most affected by a high burden of infectious disease,  residents shared  their challenges, successes, and hopes for the future.   Through these conversations, I learned that here, women are leading the charge for social change and health.   As our colleague Dr.

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Modeling the environmental suitability of anthrax in Ghana and estimating populations at risk:…

by Ian T. Kracalik, Ernest Kenu, Evans Nsoh Ayamdooh, Emmanuel Allegye-Cudjoe, Paul Nokuma Polkuu, Joseph Asamoah Frimpong, Kofi Mensah Nyarko, William A. Bower, Rita Traxler, Jason K

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Four years of case-based surveillance of meningitis following the introduction of MenAfriVac in…

Objective Case-based surveillance of bacterial meningitis in sentinel districts has been recommended after the introduction of the conjugated vaccine against Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A (NmA), MenAfriVac, in the African meningitis belt.

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No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration

No time like the present: tackling enteric diseases through integration hrandall Wed, 10/04/2017 – 13:44 Oct 04, 2017 Zoey Diaz Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation As many of you know, here at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are passionate about child health.  We have been encouraged by progress that has been achieved in recent decades: since 1990, the percentage of children who die before age five has been cut in half, primarily through access to better vaccines and treatment in low and middle income countries. However, 50% is not a passing grade. Being an organization of overachievers, we still see much work to do and recognize the great potential to reach more children with proven solutions, as well as new innovations in both tools and delivery systems.

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Estimating the burden of scrub typhus: A systematic review

by Ana Bonell, Yoel Lubell, Paul N. Newton, John A. Crump, Daniel H

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After the floods: Diarrheal disease threats lurk behind natural disasters

After the floods: Diarrheal disease threats lurk behind natural disasters hrandall Fri, 09/22/2017 – 13:49 Sep 22, 2017 defeatDD Hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean. Floods in South Asia and Yemen. Mudslides in Sierra Leone. The natural disasters of the past month have held many captive: literal captives of flooded houses, cars, roads, and airports. Others have been simply captivated by news of the devastation

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Cost-effectiveness of a national enterovirus 71 vaccination program in China

by Wenjun Wang, Jianwen Song, Jingjing Wang, Yaping Li, Huiling Deng, Mei Li, Ning Gao, Song Zhai, Shuangsuo Dang, Xin Zhang, Xiaoli Jia Background and aims Enterovirus 71 (EV71) has caused great morbidity, mortality, and use of health service in children younger than five years in China. Vaccines against EV71 have been proved effective and safe by recent phase 3 trials and are now available in China. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the health impact and cost-effectiveness of a national EV71 vaccination program in China.

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Optimizing Direct Membrane and Direct Skin Feeding Assays for Plasmodium falciparum…

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An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs

An impossible choice: The dangerous disruption of diarrhea treatment costs hrandall Tue, 09/05/2017 – 10:43 Sep 05, 2017 defeatDD Many families are forced to make the impossible choice between treatment and family finances when their children fall ill with diarrheal disease.   Diarrheal disease isn’t just a medical problem—it’s an economic one, too. We’ve heard from families around the world how the costs of diarrhea treatment can significantly interrupt parents’ livelihoods as well as education, food, and shelter for the rest of the family. A study published in the British Medical Journal provides powerful evidence and deeper insights into the economics of diarrheal disease for families in Malawi. To help break it down, we’re sharing a few of the study’s most fascinating findings

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Cost-effectiveness analysis of a universal mass vaccination program with a PHiD-CV 2+1 schedule…

Currently, two pediatric pneumococcal conjugate vaccines are available in the private market of Malaysia—13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide and non-typeable Haemophil…

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A Voucher System To Speed Review Could Promote A New Generation Of Insecticides To Fight…

Many in the scientific community are concerned about the potential increase in prevalence of insect-borne diseases such as Chagas disease, Chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria, and Zika in the United States and around the world.

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Child health programs that “color outside the lines”

Child health programs that “color outside the lines” hrandall Thu, 07/27/2017 – 12:14 Jul 27, 2017 Hope Randall Digital Communications Officer for DefeatDD Zari sandwich! PATH team members Cassie Kobrin on the left, Elana Banin on the right.   Nothing was going to keep this DefeatDD team member away from the Hill event, “Ensuring All Children Thrive: A Global Challenge,” which delivered on its promise of muppets, Legos, and ice cream! Co-sponsored by PATH and several partners and true to the ethos of the DefeatDD spirit, the fun-filled atmosphere embodied an important message about child health.

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