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Beninoise Singer-Songwriter Urges African Mothers To Vaccinate Children Against Polio

Al Jazeera: War on polio: A call to African mothers Angelique Kidjo, Beninoise singer-songwriter, activist, Rotary polio ambassador, and founder of Batonga Foundation “…I urge every African mother: Be sure to have your children vaccinated against polio, for that is the only way we can wipe out the disease permanently.…

Syria’s Polio Vaccination Campaign Reaches 1.4 Million Children

Washington Post: Polio vaccine effort in Syria reaches 1.4 million children as volunteers brave violence “Despite grave danger, a campaign to combat the spread of polio in rebel-held Syria has been surprisingly successful, with volunteers inoculating about 1.4 million children since the beginning of the year…” (Root, 6/22).

Measles Vaccination Campaign Highlights Health Care Delivery Challenges In Syria

Reuters: Stalled measles campaign shows health challenge in rebel-held Syria “A measles vaccination program in northern Syria has stalled amid disagreement over who should coordinate it, highlighting the challenges of establishing basic health care services in opposition-held parts of the country…” (Afanasieva, 6/19).

U.N., Health Ministry Reach More Than 1M People With Meningitis Vaccine In Guinea

International partners complete a meningitis vaccination campaign in Guinea, reaching more than one million people. UNICEF: UNICEF and partners vaccinating over 1.1 million people in Guinea to halt meningitis outbreak “This weekend, the Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern…

Indian Firm Develops Affordable Cholera Vaccine

Wall Street Journal: Indian Firm Develops Inexpensive Vaccine for Battle With Cholera “…New Delhi-based Hilleman Laboratories Pvt. — which is backed by Merck & Co. and the Wellcome Trust charity — said Tuesday that it has created an inexpensive [cholera] vaccine that can survive without refrigeration in the far-flung tropical…

Cholera Vaccine Becomes Accepted Tool In Outbreak Responses

Humanosphere: The Cholera Vaccine: from shunned idea to celebrated response Development blogger Tom Murphy examines how research using the cholera vaccine in local outbreaks has helped the vaccine become an accepted prevention tool during outbreaks (6/16).

Global Community Has Tools Necessary To Prevent Diarrheal Disease

The Guardian: What Africa’s children need to succeed Ayo Ajayi, PATH’s vice president of international development “…The African Rotavirus Symposium, which begins this week, will celebrate rotavirus vaccines’ steady march across the continent — expanding access to an innovative tool to conquer the most common and deadly cause of childhood…

U.N. Agencies Call For Urgent Vaccination To Tackle Measles In Somali Children

U.N. News Centre: Somalia: U.N. agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks “Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease…” (6/10).

Blog Post Discusses Progress On, Challenges To Cholera Treatment, Prevention

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Cholera in 2014: How Do You Mix Optimism With Worry on the Long Walk Home? Helen Matzger, senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses her walk to and from work, during which she ponders…