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Pakistan To Pay Parents In New Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on Pakistan’s new campaign that pays parents to vaccinate their children against polio. The Guardian: Pakistan to pay parents in new polio vaccination drive “Parents in one of Pakistan’s most troubled provinces are to be paid to vaccinate their children against polio, the crippling disease the world…

China Feels Economic Impact Of H7N9; Government Readies Vaccine

News outlets report on the economic impacts of H7N9 avian flu in China and the prospect of mass vaccination against the disease if human-to-human transmission occurs. Agence France-Presse: H7N9 bird flu comes home to roost in China “The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to…

Innovation Key To Bringing Immunizations To Children Worldwide

“…[H]ow do we translate innovation into action? I just returned from the Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum (GVIRF) in Bethesda, Maryland — where, over a few days, we debated that very question,” Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s…

Vaccine Campaigns Miss 22M Children, WHO’s Chan Says

Vaccine News Daily: Vaccine campaigns continue to miss 22 million children “Some 22 million children are being missed by vaccine campaigns and another one million lives could be saved annually if the children are reached, the director-general of the World Health Organization said on Wednesday…” (Cohen, 3/11).

Pakistan PM States Commitment To Efforts Aimed At Eradicating Polio

News outlets report on the Pakistan prime minister’s stated commitment to eradicating polio in the country. Associated Press of Pakistan: Pakistan committed to eradicating polio: Prime Minister Pakistan “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed his government’s commitment to strengthen national efforts to eradicate polio and said the government…

GAVI Takes Steps Toward Improving Data Verification

“…[W]e’re encouraged by the GAVI Alliance’s new application guidelines, which outline strengthened requirements for data verification of the immunization outcomes used for performance payments as part of its Health System Strengthening (HSS) support,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow with the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Kate McQueston, a program…

Study Published Showing Meningitis Vaccine Remains Stable Without Refrigeration

Financial Times: Vaccine breakthrough could help millions “On Thursday, the publication ‘Vaccine’ publishes a study that shows the mass vaccination in Africa does not require constant refrigeration in specific cases. To be precise, 155,000 people in Benin got a vaccination against meningitis, with a vaccine kept in temperatures of up…

Syria’s Yarmuk Refugee Camp Gets U.N. Aid After Two-Week Halt

Agence France-Presse/The Daily Star: Syria’s besieged Yarmuk gets U.N. aid after two-week halt “The U.N. Palestinian refugee agency on Tuesday resumed food distribution in the besieged Yarmuk camp in Damascus after a two-week halt. UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency] spokesman Chris Gunness said aid workers distributed 465 food…

MSF Vaccinates More Than 50,000 Against Cholera In South Sudan

Sudan Tribune: S. Sudan: MSF vaccinates over 50,000 against cholera “Over 50,000 internally displaced people, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said, were vaccinated against cholera during a week-long campaign it carried out in collaboration with South Sudan’s health ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)…” (3/18).

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).