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Study Published Showing Meningitis Vaccine Remains Stable Without Refrigeration

Financial Times: Vaccine breakthrough could help millions “On Thursday, the publication ‘Vaccine’ publishes a study that shows the mass vaccination in Africa does not require constant refrigeration in specific cases. To be precise, 155,000 people in Benin got a vaccination against meningitis, with a vaccine kept in temperatures of up…

Vaccine Campaigns Miss 22M Children, WHO’s Chan Says

Vaccine News Daily: Vaccine campaigns continue to miss 22 million children “Some 22 million children are being missed by vaccine campaigns and another one million lives could be saved annually if the children are reached, the director-general of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cohen, 3/11).

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

Opportunity To Harmonize Global Health Frameworks Lies In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“…Translating the continuum of care from theory into practice is an enormous challenge; however, recent consensus-building around the post-2015 global health agenda constitutes a tremendous opportunity to harmonize international frameworks, intervention packages and tools for measurement and evaluation,” Alison Chatfield and Annie Kearns, both project managers with the Women &…

Antiseptic Gel Saves Newborns From Umbilical Cord Infection In Nepal

Reuters: Nepal’s miracle gel saves newborns from infection “… ‘Navi Malam,’ or chlorhexidine, [is a gel] applied to avoid umbilical cord infection — a main cause of newborn deaths in the impoverished Himalayan nation [of Nepal]. Made by local firm Lomus Pharmaceuticals and backed by the government, [USAID], and other…

Acute Malnutrition On Decline In Burkina Faso But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

IRIN: Gains and losses as Burkina Faso fights child hunger “The fight against child malnutrition in Burkina Faso is gaining ground but chronic malnutrition remains above emergency threshold levels, particularly in rural areas, a situation that will be resolved only if the government and its partners step up prevention efforts…”…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following Huffington Post pieces address International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. Huffington Post: Resource Mothers: Women Healing Women Nancy Jallo, international medical educator “…Whether it’s difficulties during childbirth or illness in the first years of life, ensuring that mothers and newborns stay alive and healthy in many parts…

Innovation Key To Bringing Immunizations To Children Worldwide

“…[H]ow do we translate innovation into action? I just returned from the Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum (GVIRF) in Bethesda, Maryland — where, over a few days, we debated that very question,” Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s…

Opinion Pieces Address International Women’s Day

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding International Women’s Day, recognized on March 8. The Hill: Nigerian Ambassador Ade Adefuye: Remembering International Women’s Day Ade Adefuye, Nigerian ambassador to the U.S. “…We cannot forget the barriers that women had to overcome and we must celebrate what women have accomplished throughout…

NIH To Conduct Trials To Test HIV Treatment In Newborns

New York Times: Great Hope for Babies With HIV “America’s National Institutes of Health will soon sponsor clinical trials abroad to evaluate whether early and very aggressive drug treatments for babies infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can effectively clear the virus from their bodies. The hope is…

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