Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Tuesday called for a “Decade of Vaccines” in a keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, saying strengthening immunization programs against infectious diseases worldwide could save 10 million lives by 2020, Reuters reports. He said countries should aim for 90 percent immunization coverage against diseases such as polio, meningitis and pneumonia and said pharmaceutical companies should work to make existing and new vaccines affordable to developing countries, according to the news agency (Nebehay, 5/17).
France’s Sanofi-Pasteur, the world’s largest vaccine maker, said Friday it hopes to introduce a dengue vaccine in 2014 to some high-risk nations, AlertNet reports.
As the 64th World Health Assembly gets underway in Geneva, the body will consider “an array of subjects pertaining to reforms of the organisation and its financing, vaccines, fake medicines, and influenza pandemic preparedness, as well as communicable and non-communicable diseases,” Intellectual Property Watch reports (Saez, 5/13).
Lessons Learned About Global Health From 30 Years Of HIV/AIDS: In the CDC’s Emerging Infectious DiseasesÂ (.pdf) journal, Kevin De Cock of the CDC, Harold Jaffe of Emory University and James Curran of the Emory Center for AIDS Research reflect on the emergence of HIV/AIDS 30 years ago this June; the…
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Taiwan To Lodge Protest With WHO Over Classification As Chinese Territory Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday “accused China of pressuring the World Health Organization into recognizing Taiwan as a Chinese territory and says Beijing’s move is ‘very negative’ for bilateral ties,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. Taiwan gained observer…
The U.S. has pledged an additional $8.5 million to relief efforts in Cote d’Ivoire after post-election violence led to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and refugees, Devex reports.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced 88 new $100,000 grants for “unusual” global health research projects, the Associated Press reports (Blankinship, 4/28).
Tourism And Poverty Reduction: A Guardian Focus podcast examines whether tourism can promote development (Bunting/Sale/Provost, 4/28). African Nations Rightly Proceed With DDT Plans: “Environmental activists inside and outside UNEP love to hate DDT and will seemingly stop at nothing to ensure it is never produced or used. But there is…
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Study FindsÂ Women In 14 African Countries Have Lost Height Over Last Few Decades A study published in the journal PLoS OneÂ “shows that the average height of women in 14 African countries is shrinking,” whichÂ “spells bad news for the future health of those nations,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “Researchers at the…
Ahead Of Immunization Week, WHO Calls For Countries To Come Together To Control Measles Outbreak In Europe
WHO is urging countries in Europe to join together to help control the measles outbreak that has grown to more than 6,500 cases in 33 countries and the potential for worsening outbreaks “in the days ahead as people travel during the Easter holidays,” U.N. News Centre reports (4/21).