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U.N.-Supported Vaccination Campaign Helps End Yellow Fever Epidemic In Angola

Reuters: Angola declares end to world’s worst yellow fever epidemic in decades “Angola declared the end of the world’s worst yellow fever epidemic in a generation on [December 23] after a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign of 25 million people that resulted in no new cases in six months…” (Coroado/Brock, 12/23).

Global Polio Eradication Campaign Expects Vaccine Supply Shortages

Newsweek: Critical Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts “The international campaign to eradicate polio, which has vaccinated 2.5 billion people since it began in 1988 — nearly all of them children — has faced one setback after another. … Now, however, the fight faces a new threat: a critical shortage…

WHO Must Provide Leadership To Help All Nations Implement UHC, Achieve SDGs

Mail & Guardian: Universal health coverage will lead to a healthier and more equitable world Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, special adviser to the prime minister of Ethiopia, and Aaron Motsoaledi, minister of health of South Africa “…We are convinced that Universal Health Coverage (UHC), with strong primary care and essential financial…

New WHO Antenatal Care Guidelines Encourage More Health Care Visits For Pregnant Women

Devex: New WHO guidelines signal greater focus on antenatal care experience “…In the [new WHO antenatal care] guidelines released in November, the WHO now recommends eight contacts with health services instead of four over the course of a woman’s pregnancy. This shift provides more opportunity for women to meet with…

UNITAID Adopts Resolution Promoting Use Of Intellectual Property Rights To Increase Access To Medicines

Intellectual Property Watch: UNITAID Board Adopts Resolution On IP Flexibilities Under Trade Rules Catherine Saez, senior writer at Intellectual Property Watch, discusses UNITAID’s adoption of “a resolution on the use of the intellectual property flexibilities enshrined in the global trading system allowing developing countries to facilitate access to affordable medicines.…

Malawi, UNICEF Open Drone-Testing Corridor For Delivering Health Care, Disaster Relief

Agence France-Presse: Malawi drone test center to help with health care, disasters “Malawi on Thursday launched Africa’s first drone-testing corridor as developing countries explore how drones could be used during humanitarian crises such as floods, or to deliver blood for HIV tests…” (12/15). U.N. News Centre: UNICEF partners with the…

Global Health Community Should Reflect On ‘Unifying Power Of Health’ In 2017

The Lancet: 2017: The unifying power of health Editorial Board “…2016 has … seen some striking successes in health: polio eradication has come tantalizingly close … and 30 million people were successfully vaccinated against a raging yellow fever outbreak in DR Congo and Angola … At its best, the health…

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