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Ban On Thiomersal In Vaccines Would Harm Global Immunization Efforts

“Government representatives are meeting in Geneva this week to decide whether to introduce a global ban on mercury that could include thiomersal, a mercury-based preservative that has been used in some vaccine manufacturing since the 1930s to prevent bacterial or fungal contamination of multidose vials of vaccine,” Seth Berkley, a…

Accelerated Partnerships Critical To Ensuring Malaria Elimination Goals

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog in advance of the Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group (MERG) meeting convened by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and taking place in Namibia this week, Lucy Chesire, executive director and secretary to the board of the TB ACTION Group, interviews Roly Gosling, an…

Blog Features Two Posts On New NTD Publications

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End the Neglect” blog features two posts discussing the first anniversary of the London Declaration and two recently released reports on progress against NTDs. Simon Bush: Discussing the new NTD Scorecard (.xls) and the “From Promises to Progress” report from Uniting to Combat NTDs,…

Continued Investment Needed To Maintain Gains Against Malaria

In this post in Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) “Global Health Impact” blog, Frederick Hartman, the global technical lead for communicable diseases and epidemic preparedness and regional portfolio director, East Africa at the Center for Health Services at MSH, examines advances made in malaria control over the past decade, writing,…

Venture Social Investment ‘Could Be A New Thinking’ In Development Aid

In an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health consultant and founder of the Center for Implementation Efficiency, explores the concept of “venture social investment or VSI,” in which the idea of venture capitalism is used “to reward good ideas or sustainable initiatives by investing…

Lancet Commentary Cautiously Optimistic About Public Health System In Haiti

In this Lancet commentary, John Vertefeuille, Scott Dowell, Jean Domercant and Jordan Tappero of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examine the state of the public health system in Haiti three years after a 7.0 earthquake struck the country, writing, “Haiti is starting to show that its health services…

Addressing Cholera With An ‘Integrated Approach’ In 2013

“There has been so much news related to cholera and cholera research since the start of 2013 I can only hope it means this year will be a banner year for prevention efforts,” Helen Matzger, a program officer in new vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

Blog Posts Address Progress In, Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

Following the murders of several Pakistani polio vaccinators in December 2012 and India’s recognition of being free from the disease for two years on January 13, two blog posts address efforts to eradicate polio. Siddharth Chatterjee, Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog”: “Thanks to India’s success, we are now closer than ever to eliminating…

Aid Transparency ‘Critical’ For Effective Project Design & Implementation In Haiti, Elsewhere

“Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives,” Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz of the Center for Global Development write in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” adding, “The grim landmark has prompted much discussion about the struggles surrounding reconstruction and…