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Laos Begins Pneumococcal, HPV Vaccine Projects With GAVI Support

“Laos became the first South East Asian nation to introduce pneumococcal vaccine and began a demonstration project for HPV vaccine at a ceremony in the nation’s capital Vientiane Wednesday,” Xinhua reports. “About 180,000 infants will receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and 13,000 girls will receive the human papillomavirus (HPV)…

U.N., U.S., NGO Health Agencies Launch Action Plan Against TB In Children

“The deaths of more than 74,000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first action plan developed specifically on TB and children, which was launched [Tuesday] by the United Nations health agency in Washington, D.C.,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “The ‘Roadmap for…

Opinion Pieces Address ‘Roadmap For Childhood TB’ Report

On Tuesday, the WHO, Stop TB Partnership, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, CDC, USAID, UNICEF, the Treatment Action Group (TAG), and other partners released a report (.pdf), titled “Roadmap for Childhood TB: Towards Zero Deaths,” which “seeks to outline the activities that need to be implemented to…

International Community Should Recommit To Improving Child Survival

In a GlobalPost opinion piece, Michael Merson, the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and a professor of global health at Duke University, writes that “now is the time to remember the highly successful Child Survival Revolution of the 1980s.” He states, “Preventing childhood diarrhea and pneumonia deaths…

USAID Helping Families In Cote d’Ivoire

“USAID is helping communities in rural Cote d’Ivoire develop economic resiliency,” Andrea Halverson, deputy health officer for USAID Cote d’Ivoire, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” She continues, “Through our partners SAVE the Children and AVSI, we are supporting several types of economic strengthening activities, all of which increase the productive…

Youth Need To Be Involved With, Targeted In HIV Prevention, Care Activities

In a CNN opinion piece, published as part of a series on innovation in development in conjunction with the Skoll World Forum, Alicia Keys, Grammy award-winning musician and co-founder and global ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, and Cristina Jade Peña, a graduate student at University of California, Berkeley, and…

Experts Discuss Ways To Eliminate Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections

Writing in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, communications officer Deborah Elson describes an event that took place last week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. Co-hosted by the Global Network, Johnson & Johnson, Children Without Worms, the Task…

More Can Be Accomplished In Reducing Maternal Mortality, Morbidity

Noting much has been achieved in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aimed at improving access to antiretroviral treatment and safe drinking water, and reducing poverty, Joy Phumaphi, chair of the Aspen Institute Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece, “But on women’s…

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