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Humanitarian Efforts In Syria Need Ongoing Support

Two articles examine the humanitarian situation in Syria, focusing on polio vaccination efforts and the need for continuing support for the provision of basic humanitarian needs. New York Times: Polio Vaccination Effort in Syria Appears to Have Some Effect “The first polio outbreak in Syria in 14 years, which caused…

Health Workers In Pakistan Refuse To Administer Polio Vaccine

News outlets report on the halting of polio vaccination efforts in Pakistan because of security threats to health workers. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan “Health workers in part of a troubled Pakistani tribal region Friday refused to participate in a polio vaccination campaign because of…

Fighting In Syria Forces Halt To Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on the challenges of providing polio vaccinations to displaced persons in Syria, especially women and children, as violence continues to escalate. Reuters: Fighting halts polio vaccination in northern Syria “Heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to an estimated 100,000 Syrian children in the…

Experts React To GSK’s Planned Filing For Approval Of Malaria Vaccine

“Experts in Africa, the continent worst-hit by malaria, reacted with optimism but also caution on Tuesday to news that the first vaccine against the killer disease may soon reach the market,” Agence France-Presse reports. “GlaxoSmithKline said it was seeking approval for a prototype vaccine that reduced the risk of malaria…

Innovation, Partnership Necessary To Bring Vaccines To The Poor

Noting the WHO this week endorsed a new Chinese-produced Japanese encephalitis vaccine, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation writes in the organization’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “[T]here’s a powerful story here about the tremendous progress the world is making to save and improve the lives of the…

Experts Say Rabies Kills 24,000 People Annually In Africa

“Rabies kills 24,000 people a year in Africa, most of them children, because many on the world’s poorest continent cannot afford the cost of the vaccine, experts said on Thursday” at a conference of rabies experts held in Dakar, Reuters reports. “Africa is home to nearly half the 55,000 people…

‘Science Speaks’ Features Several Posts On AIDS Vaccine 2013 Conference

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog features a series of blog posts on issues discussed at the AIDS Vaccine 2013 conference that recently concluded in Barcelona. The blog includes a post discussing the need to include married or cohabitating couples in HIV prevention trials; a post discussing next…

GAVI Alliance Releases Mid-Term Review

The GAVI Alliance released its 2013 Mid-Term Review, which reports on the organization’s 2011-2015 strategy. The report, including an overview and sections on results, challenges, prospects and key indicators, is available online (October 2013).

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