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H1N1 Outbreak Kills 33 In Iran In 3 Weeks; Virus Likely To Spread, Health Official Says

Agence France-Presse: Iran swine flu outbreak kills 33 in three weeks, state media says “An outbreak of swine flu has left 33 people dead in two provinces of southeastern Iran in the past three weeks, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday…” (12/7). New York Times: Iran: Deadly Swine…

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Governments Worldwide Must Commit To Proven Prevention, Treatment Strategies To End Child Deaths From Pneumonia, Diarrhea

Project Syndicate: Stopping the Child Killers Anita Zaidi, director of the enteric and diarrheal diseases program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…To end child deaths from [pneumonia and diarrhea] once and for all, governments must commit to scaling up simultaneously the full suite of interventions identified by the…

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Blog Posts Highlight TB Report, Plan Released At Union World Conference On Lung Health

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Step up to Stop TB Grania Brigden, TB adviser to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, discusses findings from a report on gaps in TB policies produced by MSF and the Stop TB Partnership and released this week at the 46th…

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Price Of Pfizer’s Childhood Pneumonia Vaccine Too High, MSF Says In Protest

Al Jazeera America: MSF protests price of Pfizer pneumonia vaccine “Children in poor countries are going without pneumonia vaccine because of the high price of the shots, manufactured by pharmaceutical company Pfizer, members of humanitarian group Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) said at a rally Thursday outside Pfizer’s headquarters…

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New Innovations Could Play Role In Reducing Childhood Pneumonia Deaths

Devex: Could smartphones, thermal images, or ultrasound save children from pneumonia? Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One of the key challenges the global health community faces is quickly and accurately diagnosing children who are at risk for pneumonia death and then rapidly starting…

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Reports Released, Campaign Launched On World Pneumonia Day Highlight Progress, Challenges To Ending Preventable Child Deaths

The following summaries discuss news, data, and campaigns related to World Pneumonia Day, recognized annually on November 12. International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: New Report Highlights Gains In Child Survival, But There’s Still Work To Be Done To Address Leading Killers “The…

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Early Identification, Treatment Of Childhood Pneumonia Essential To Reduce Disease’s Burden, Deaths

The Lancet Global Health: Early identification and treatment of pneumonia: a call to action Karin Kallander of the Malaria Consortium, London EC2A 4LT, and Karolinska Institutet; Deborah H. Burgess of Kimataifa Diagnostics and Devices Consulting; and Shamim A. Qazi of the WHO “On the seventh World Pneumonia Day on Nov.…

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Increased Access To Pneumonia Vaccines, Integrated Health Systems Critical To Childhood Health

Devex: Tackling the world’s deadliest childhood disease Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…Increasing access to vaccines against childhood killers like pneumonia will increase protection rates in the world’s poorest countries and will, in turn, avert billions of dollars in treatment costs and productivity losses. … Immunization…

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Scientists Take Steps To Learn More About New, Emerging Diseases Such As MERS, Avian Influenza

Reuters: MERS, Ebola, bird flu: Science’s big missed opportunities “…Those [in Europe who agree to participate in a flu clinical trial this year] could be helping the world prepare for the next potentially deadly disease pandemic as well as helping scientists who are now desperate to plug gaps in knowledge…

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Experimental Viral Pneumonia Vaccine Could Save Thousands Of Newborn Lives If Mothers Get Immunized

CNN: A new way to protect babies from pneumonia Keith Klugman, director of the pneumonia team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Data available to date shows that when a pregnant woman receives a vaccine she can naturally produce antibodies that she then passes on to the baby. Therefore,…

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