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Good Governance Africa Publishes Several Stories About Health In Africa

Good Governance Africa last week published several stories relating to health in Africa (11/1). Among others, the stories include an article examining the dangers of vaccine defiance (Vegter, 11/1). The publication also includes a “review of Africa’s progress in reducing deaths from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, malaria and tuberculosis” (Nkomo, 11/1). A third…

Highlights From GAVI Alliance Mid-Term Review Meeting

“I traveled to Stockholm last week for the GAVI Alliance’s Mid-Term Review (MTR) meeting to take stock of the progress GAVI has achieved and explore its challenges and opportunities in the years ahead,” Erin Hohlfelder, global health policy director at ONE, writes in the ONE blog. She highlights four reoccurring themes…

Letters To Editor Respond To New York Times Editorial On Polio In Syria

Two letters to the editor of the New York Times respond to an editorial on the spread of polio in Syria, published in the newspaper last week. “You’re right to say that the best way to help end the suffering of Syrians is to end the civil war,” but “the…

One HPV Vaccine Dose Enough To Produce Immune Response, Study Shows

“Just one dose of the HPV vaccine Cervarix appears to provide enough of an immune response to protect women from two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and ultimately cervical cancer, according to a new study published Monday,” CNN’s “The Chart” blog reports (11/4). “The HPV vaccine is currently recommended as a three-dose series, but…

WHO Approves Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

The WHO “has approved a new vaccine for [Japanese] encephalitis,” a disease “that kills thousands of children and leaves many survivors with permanent brain damage,” the New York Times reports. “Less than one percent of those infected get seriously ill, but it kills up to 15,000 children a year and…

Cambodia, Nigeria Make Progress Vaccinating Children Against Measles, Rubella

Cambodia has immunized one million children with the measles and rubella vaccines, and aims to reach all four million children between the ages of nine months and 15 years in the country, according to the health ministry, Xinhua/Global Times reports. “I urge every family in the country to bring their…

Syrian Government Vows To Deliver Polio Vaccinations To Children

“Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad vowed on Monday that the government will deliver polio vaccination to children after fresh reports of infections in Syria emerged last week,” Xinhua reports. “Mekdad told reporters that the government does not hinder humanitarian aid efforts to reach different places within the country, adding…

GAVI Making Progress On Promises, But ‘Much Left To Do’

“[W]ith two years to go” to reach the GAVI Alliance’s goal of “help[ing] developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent[ing] four million future deaths in the process,” Dagfinn Høybråten, chair of the GAVI Alliance Board, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s…

Three Steps GAVI Can Take To Vaccinate More Children

“As GAVI concludes its ‘mid-term review’ meeting — where it reflected on its accomplishments over the last few years and looked ahead to how it will position itself in the future — we think it’s a good time to suggest several short- and long-term changes that could help reach more…

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