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U.N.-Supported Cholera Vaccination Teams Reach More Than 729K In Haitian Areas Hit Hard By Hurricane Matthew

U.N. News Centre: More than 729,000 Haitians vaccinated against cholera in U.N.-supported campaign “A Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/United Nations World Health Organization (WHO)-backed vaccination campaign has reached more than 729,000 people in Haiti’s areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the country last month, the health agencies said. According…

3 Key Interventions Can Improve Health Of Children Globally

Project Syndicate: Three Ways to Improve Child Health Anita Zaidi, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…Tackling [pneumonia and diarrhea,] the two biggest killers of children worldwide, may seem daunting, but we have all the knowledge we need to mount an…

Researchers Say Zika Vaccine Could Be Available By 2018, NYT Reports

New York Times: The Race for a Zika Vaccine “…Perhaps never before have so many companies and government organizations worked so quickly to develop a vaccine from scratch. Vaccines usually take a decade or more to develop. But researchers say a Zika vaccine could be available as early as 2018,…

With Funding Secured, Malaria Vaccine Pilots Set To Begin In Africa In 2018, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO says funds secured for Africa pilots of world’s first malaria vaccine “Funding for phase one of pilot deployments of the world’s first malaria vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa has been secured and immunization campaigns will begin in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/17). U.N.…

Closing Gaps In Measles Vaccination Coverage Should Be Priority For Governments, Particularly In U.S.

The Lancet: Measles vaccination: global progress, local challenges Editorial Board “On Nov. 10, 2016, Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000-2015, was published jointly by UNICEF, WHO, Gavi, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The publication reports on progress made towards achieving U.N. Millennium Development Goal…

Pfizer To Offer Pneumonia Vaccine At Reduced Price In Humanitarian Crises

Reuters: Pfizer offers cut-price pneumonia shot for humanitarian crises “…In what it called a major expansion of its humanitarian assistance work, the drugmaker said its Prevenar 13 shot, which protects babies and children against pneumonia and other diseases, would be offered in a new multi-dose vial at the lowest prevailing…

Nearly 400 Children Die Of Measles Daily Despite Vaccine Progress, Joint Report Shows

Reuters: Despite progress, measles kills 400 children a day: WHO “The number of deaths from measles has fallen by 79 percent worldwide since 2000, thanks mainly to mass vaccination campaigns, but nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, global health experts said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 11/10). U.N.…

Global Community Must Strengthen Measles Elimination Strategies, CDC Scientist Says

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Measles: A Forgotten, but Formidable Foe James L. Goodson, senior measles scientist at CDC, writes, “Between the anticipation of polio eradication in the near future and the response to emerging diseases like Zika, measles has become a forgotten, but formidable foe.” Goodson discusses challenges to measles…

Haiti Launches Large Cholera Vaccination Campaign; More Sustainable Prevention Efforts Needed, Experts Say

Reuters: Haiti launches massive cholera vaccination drive but worries remain “Haiti has launched a massive cholera vaccination campaign to battle a flare-up after Hurricane Matthew, but concerns remain about the capacity for longer-term improvements to water and sanitation infrastructure needed to eradicate the disease…” (Brice, 11/9). VOA News: Haiti Launches…

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