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DRC To Launch New Polio Vaccination Campaign

IRIN examines polio eradication efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighting a new vaccination campaign scheduled to begin this month. “At one stage, after no cases were recorded between 2001 and 2005, polio was considered eradicated in DRC,” the news service writes. Today, however, “DRC is considered an ‘importation…

Widespread Measles Outbreak Hits CAR

“A severe measles epidemic has affected the whole territory of the Central African Republic [CAR], which lacks any strong health infrastructure, Health Minister Aguid Sounouk has said,” Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera reports. “The minister blamed the spread of the disease on ‘outbreaks of measles in several administrative districts of the country…

Innovations For Lower-Income Countries Developed Through Invention Need Implementation

Nathan Myhrvold, head of Intellectual Ventures and former Microsoft chief technology officer, writes about invention — “an inherently risky thing” — in a Huffington Post “TED Weekends” opinion piece, stating, “We apply all of the same brain power and capabilities used in our for-profit invention work and focus them on…

IRIN Examines Gaps In Childhood Immunization Efforts In South Sudan

“South Sudan is doing its bit for global polio eradication efforts, but huge gaps in immunization against other diseases remain,” IRIN reports. “Targeted polio immunization efforts started in the area more than a decade before the country’s independence in 2011 and have remained a top priority,” the news service writes,…

Israel Expands Polio Vaccination Campaign Nationwide

“Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports (8/18). The country kicked off the “extensive anti-polio drive by vaccinating over 30,000 children under nine…

GlobalPost Examines GEMS Study, Need To Address 2nd Most Common Parasite Causing Diarrhea

GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog examines the Global Enterics Multi-center Study (GEMS), “the largest and most in-depth research project examining diarrheal disease in the developing world to date.” Published in The Lancet in May, GEMS found that “just four pathogens are responsible for the majority of moderate-to-severe diarrhea cases,” and while the…

Examining Efforts To Develop Rotavirus Vaccine For Newborns

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Julie Bines, a pediatric gastroenterologist heading the Rotavirus Vaccine Program for RV3 at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), the University of Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital, reports on efforts to develop a rotavirus vaccine for newborns,…

DfID To Spend $214.5M Over 5 Years On Public-Private Partnerships To Fight Infectious Diseases

The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) plans to invest £138 million ($214.5 million) over the next five years “with nine public-private partnerships to support development of drugs, vaccines, insecticides, diagnostic tools and microbicides, all to prevent, diagnose or treat disease,” This Is Guernsey reports (8/22). “Diseases to be targeted…

Devex Blog Examines GAVI’s New Partnership Model

Devex’s “Impact” blog examines a new partnership model being implemented by the GAVI Alliance, noting, “Three hundred and seventy million children in the world’s poorest countries have been immunized with support from GAVI.” The existing partnership model “has enabled the delivery of millions of low-cost vaccines into developing countries –…