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Changes In Vaccine Distribution System Can Improve Health Of Children In Mozambique

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Bertur Alface, medical chief of Gaza Province in Mozambique, discusses changes in vaccine distribution and availability in the country. He notes, “It was not easy to convince policy makers in Gaza to change from a system that had been followed…

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).

New Dollar-A-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine Attains Clinical Success In India

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope” blog discusses results of a study recently published in The Lancet on the efficacy of a rotavirus vaccine in India. The vaccine was spearheaded by an Indian biotechnology company, Bharat Biotech, and “has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more…

Universal Access To Hepatitis C Treatment Is Possible, Blog Says

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a report from international humanitarian nonprofit Médecins du Monde on strategies for achieving universal access to Hepatitis C treatments. The report “calls 2014 a ‘turning point’ in the history of the pandemic disease… [and]… focuses on a familiar obstacle… the…

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…

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…

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…

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).