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Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Pretty Good' Malaria Vaccine Moves Forward

Source: Voice of America News

A “pretty good” malaria vaccine is on track to be the first to market.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

High School Student 3D Prints Innovative Syringe Which Could Expand Vaccination Possibilities

Source: 3D Print .com

While some high school students were worrying about their school portraits or who might take them to the prom, Park City High School senior Peter Bermant was worrying about the problems with distributing vaccines in developing countries.
Monday, June 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

Promising malaria vaccine looks to employ robots to mass produce its product

Source: SingularityHUB

Imagine that, in the face of substantial technical odds, you developed a vaccine for malaria that, in early trials, was 100 percent effective. But then, due to political wrangling over the budget, you couldn’t get the funding you needed to produce enough of the vaccine to market it. What would you do?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

GSK Announces Vaccine Price Freeze in Support of GAVI Alliance

Source: PharmTech

GSK reported that it would freeze the prices of its vaccines for five years for developing countries that graduate from GAVI Alliance. By committing to offer GAVI Alliance prices for vaccines against pneumococcal disease, rotavirus and cervical cancer, GSK will support developing country governments as they transition to financing the full cost of their local vaccination programs.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

New vaccine approach imprisons malaria parasite in blood cells

Source: Reuters

May 22 (Reuters) - Scientists seeking a vaccine against malaria, which kills a child every minute in Africa, have developed a promising new approach intended to imprison the disease-causing parasites inside the red blood cells they infect.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccine development: thinking out of the cold box

Source: The Guardian

Heat is rendering life-saving vaccines ineffective in areas which need them most. What will it take for the drug companies to act?
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Gwynedd: Billionaire Microsoft boss Bill Gates funds $1.4m grant for firm's vaccine cooler

Source: Daily Post

Sure Chill Company receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for live-saving vaccination product
Thursday, May 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cameroon: Vaccinating Against Their Will

Source: AllAfrica

The growing number of child deaths from diarrhoea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhoea.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Polio’s Return After Near Eradication Prompts a Global Health Warning

Source: The New York Times

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007.
Friday, May 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

1,000 Days: The Period That Decides the Health and Wealth of the World

Source: The Atlantic

A globetrotting investigation into the biggest new idea in international development.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

Source: The Guardian

Scientists may soon be able to forecast disease outbreaks in sub-Saharan African's "meningitis belt" using weather data. The forecasts could be used to plan early vaccination drives aimed at preventing or limiting casualties.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health

Source: Devex

If countries are healthier and more prosperous, then we all benefit. After all, global health means economic health. This is one reason why many governments in wealthier countries have helped fund disease prevention in developing countries, far outside their borders. It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also smart policy.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Pakistan: Where conspiracy theories can cost a child's life

Source: Global Post

American parents may have the luxury of being able to buy into odd ideas about vaccines — their children are protected by others' immunity. But elsewhere, the results are tragic.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Over 3.3 million lives saved from malaria since 2000, says WHO

Source: Global Post

The World Health Organization has news about the international battle against malaria: it appears that humanity is winning.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation.
Friday, December 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch The Gates Foundation's New CEO In Action

Source: Forbes

Bill and Melinda Gates just announced that they have recruited Susan Desmond-Hellmann, until now the chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, as the chief executive of their foundation, which has made huge progress in improving public health in the developing world.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Children in Philippines receive vaccines against polio, measles

Source: Vaccine News

More than 30,000 children are being targeted as part of a vaccination campaign in Tacloban, Philippines, the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, the World Health Organization recently announced.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 — Asia Pacific

GAVI Alliance board to consider new vaccine support

Source: Vaccine News Daily

GAVI Alliance partners gathered in Cambodia this week for a meeting to determine which new vaccines will be added to its portfolio of support, the organization said on Tuesday.
Monday, November 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to support introduction of inactivated polio vaccine in world’s 73 poorest countries

Source: GAVI Alliance

Alliance Board selects additional vaccines to include in its portfolio
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

EU seeks ways to make vaccines resistant to hot weather

Source: EurActiv.com

Half of the vaccines sent to developing countries are lost as they deteriorate during transportation, but a new EU-sponsored project may solve the problem.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pneumonia responsible for 20% of child deaths

Source: The Jakarta Post

Global health bodies highlight essential interventions that will help reduce the incidence of pneumonia as the disease remains the single biggest killer of children under five globally. Pneumonia claims the lives of more than 1 million girls and boys every year despite pneumonia deaths being preventable.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Newly accessible Japanese encephalitis vaccine will make saving children easier in developing countries

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE) is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, manufactured in China, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Thailand Dengue Fever Epidemic Nears 140,000 Cases

Source: The Global Dispatch

The Thailand Public Health Ministry reports that nearly 140,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in the kingdom so far this year, according to a Bangkok Post report. The report goes on to say that as of Nov 6, 139,681 people have fallen ill from dengue fever around the country.
Monday, November 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Agreement Reached for Joint Development of New TB Vaccines

Source: Hispanic Business

National Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Aeras, and Create Vaccine Company, Ltd. jointly announce that a basic agreement has been reached among the three parties for joint development of new TB vaccines based on the human parainfluenza type-2 vector technology.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Eight years after the last outbreak in 2005, polio is once again ravaging the Horn of Africa

Source: allAfrica

Since May health authorities have reported 191 cases: 174 in Somalia, 14 in north-eastern Kenya and three in Ethiopia.
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines

Source: PharmaBiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavor to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK and BMGF ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines for global health needs

Source: Pharmabiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavour to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early stage research into vaccine thermostability.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil to produce measles and rubella vaccine for poor countries

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Brazil's top biomedical research and development center announced plans on Monday to produce a combined measles and rubella vaccine for developing countries, mainly in Africa.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Vaccine Community Must Make Major Changes to Reach More Children

Source: Doctors Without Borders

As GAVI meets to examine its progress and look ahead, Doctors Without Borders points to needed policy changes
Friday, October 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deadly gaps persist in new drug development for neglected diseases

Source: Medical Xpress

In a study published today in the open-access journal The Lancet Global Health, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and other researchers report a persistent deficiency in truly new therapeutics for neglected diseases, despite nominal progress and an acceleration in research and development (R&D) efforts. This continued 'fatal imbalance' in medical R&D points to the urgent need to develop and deliver groundbreaking new treatments for the world's poorest and most neglected patients.
Friday, October 18, 2013 — South Asia

Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk

Source: Reuters

A Taliban ban on vaccination is exacerbating a serious polio outbreak in Pakistan, threatening to derail dramatic progress made this year towards wiping out the disease worldwide, health officials say. Health teams in Pakistan have been attacked repeatedly since the Taliban denounced vaccines as a Western plot to sterilize Muslims and imposed bans on inoculation in June 2012.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Gavi On Track to Immunize One-Quarter Billion Children By 2015

Source: allAfrica

The GAVI alliance - a public-private global health partnership previously known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization - has announced it is on track to immunize a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases by 2015. The organization said nearly four million children's lives will be saved thanks to these additional vaccinations.
Friday, October 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

The long war: A new vaccine will help, but will not defeat malaria

Source: The Economist

ON OCTOBER 8th researchers announced progress in developing a vaccine against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British pharmaceutical firm, said it would seek regulatory approval next year for this vaccine, called RTS,S. GSK and its charitable partner, the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, also revealed new data showing the vaccine’s effect in children. This is good news, but RTS,S will not vanquish malaria by itself.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

UN health agency approves new encephalitis vaccine to protect children in developing countries

Source: United Nations News Centre

The United Nations health agency has approved a new vaccine against Japanese encephalitis (JE), stressing that access to the vaccine will help save the lives of children in developing countries.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries

Source: The Borgen Project

The need for new, inexpensive medical innovations in the third world is staggering. These devices must be easy to transport, operate, and most importantly, be affordable, or else they will remain available only to the wealthy. These ten new health care innovations for developing countries will be ready to distribute by 2015 and have the potential to save 1.2 million people.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK aims to market world's first malaria vaccine

Source: The Baltimore Sun

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI’s David Ferreira: Private sector to boost vaccine supply-chain effectiveness

Source: Devex

At this year’s Clinton Global Initiative, the GAVI Alliance announced a pair of new intiatives that aim to leverage private sector funds and expertise to improve delivery of vaccines worldwide.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

GAVI Alliance to address the next vaccine challenge: Supply chains

Source: Devex

No one likes it when a delivery fails to show, but when it happens with vaccines it costs lives. Currently, millions of children go unimmunized each year because of delivery problems, including anything from vaccine supply chain breaks and ineffective cold chain equipment to poor vaccine stock management in developing countries. Shockingly, these kinds of issues account for a substantial number of the children who miss out on their shots. That has got to change. These supply chain inefficiencies may be contributing to the deaths of 1.5 million children each year from vaccine-preventable diseases, the vast majority in developing countries.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Consortium to advance human hookworm vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa

Source: Africa Science News

The HOOKVAC consortium, led by the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, Thursday announced receiving a grant of 6 million Euros to develop and test a vaccine for human hookworm, a disease that infects 600-700 million of the world’s poorest people.
Thursday, September 26, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana to vaccinate girls against cervical cancer - Mahama

Source: CitifmOnline

Ghana this year will begin a demonstration project vaccinating girls against human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the biggest cancer killer of women on the African continent. President John Mahama revealed this in New York on Tuesday, when Ghana hosted a side event at the ongoing UN General Assembly, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and the Global Fund.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Three Global Health Successes That I Witnessed Firsthand

Source: By Shawn Baker

Somewhere bumping along the back roads in Mali, Nick Kristof challenged me to reflect on lessons learned from my 25 years working in Africa first as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s and most recently on public health and nutrition programs for Helen Keller International.
Monday, September 16, 2013 — South Asia

Measles elimination by 2020: WHO

Source: The Jakarta Post

The 11 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region are committed to eliminating measles and controlling rubella and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020, as stated at the 66thSession of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia, on Friday. The WHO estimates that US$800 million is needed to achieve this goal. WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Samlee Plianbangchang, said an estimated 8 million children in the region were not protected against measles.
Thursday, September 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The toughest job in Nigerian healthcare

Source: The Guardian

Midway through our interview the power cuts and the room is thrown into darkness. We are at Nigeria's National Primary Healthcare Development Agency to talk to its chief executive about the issues facing his nation – and sporadic electricity supply is just one. Dr Ado Jimada Gana Muhammad has arguably the toughest job in Nigerian healthcare.
Monday, August 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Polio in Somalia: UN warns of 'explosive' outbreak

Source: BBC

The UN has warned of a severe outbreak of polio in Somalia, days after a medical charity pulled out of the country, citing insecurity.
Monday, August 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Incredulity turns to praise as malaria vaccine posts positive PhI data

Source: FierceMarkets

In the 1970s, experiments showed that volunteers developed immunity from malaria after irradiated infected mosquitoes bit them thousands of times.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Response to Polio Outbreaks Shows Global Eradication Plan Is Working

Source: All Africa

Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area. While the outbreaks are undoubtedly a setback, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) had anticipated that sporadic cases would occur in vulnerable settings during the final push for polio eradication, and it's noteworthy that the situation has been met with one of the quickest and most effective emergency responses to date.
Monday, August 05, 2013 — South Asia

'Two-thirds of injections in India unsafe’

Source: The Indian Express

With an aim to protect patients from infections caused by use of unsafe injections, Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) launched Safe Injection Environment programme in the city on Sunday, where they talked about the importance of safe injection practices.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pfizer sells key vaccine cheaply to poor countries

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has agreed to provide hundreds of millions of doses of its lucrative vaccine against pneumonia and meningitis at a fraction of the usual price for young children in poor countries.
Monday, July 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GAVI aims to improve access to vaccines in Nigeria through supply chains project

Source: Health Canal

Funding for cold chain equipment and improved data collection to support Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative
Monday, July 22, 2013 — South Asia

Pakistan Battles Polio, and Its People’s Mistrust

Source: The New York Times

Usman, who limps on a leg bowed by the polio he caught as a child, made sure that his first three children were protected from the disease, but he turned away vaccinators when his youngest was born. He was furious that the Central Intelligence Agency, in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, had staged a fake vaccination campaign, and infuriated by American drone strikes, one of which, he said, had struck the son of a man he knew, blowing off his head.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

This Bill Gates-Backed Super-Thermos Saves Lives With Cold Vaccines

Source: Co.Exist

Life saving medicine doesn’t like hot temperatures, which makes it hard to get it to the remote villages where it’s often most needed. The amazing new Passive Vaccine Storage Device keeps health workers informed about its movements and its cargo, and keeps that cargo totally cool for 30 days.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund signs $100 million grant agreement with Namibia

Source: Vaccine News

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed grant agreements on Tuesday with Namibia for $91.6 million to support the national response to HIV and $8.5 million for malaria programs.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Dengue vaccine to be out soon

Source: The Philippine Star

A vaccine for the prevention of dengue may soon be released before 2016.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

New $1 patch can deliver vaccines without injections

Source: The Independent

Professor Mark Kendall's Nanopatch was shown off last night to crowds at TEDGlobal
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

New hope for malaria

Source: The Star

A new Japanese malaria vaccine cuts infections ‘by 72%’.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Vaccine Drives Africa Meningitis Cases to Lowest in Decade

Source: Chicago Tribune

Case numbers in Africa's meningitis season this year were the lowest in 10 years thanks to a cheap new vaccine designed to treat a type of the disease common in the so-called meningitis belt, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Nano cool device to take vaccines to remote areas

Source: The Hindu

One of the major challenges in rural healthcare programme is preserving vaccines in the right temperature, especially in power-deficient villages.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aid for vaccines is subsidising Big Pharma, doctors claim

Source: The Guardian

Médecins sans Frontières is concerned that immunization schemes in poor countries are unsustainable, and often unsuitable for hot climates.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

A novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine

Source: UB News Center

A new pathway for improving vaccines against tuberculosis has been discovered by microbiologists at the University at Buffalo in collaboration with researchers at other universities, according to a paper in the journal Mucosal Immunology, published by the Nature group.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro-Needles Could Allow Painless DNA Vaccines

Source: Live Science

Patches covered in microscopic needles could tattoo vaccines into the skin to boost a patient’s defense against disease, researchers say.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

Glaxo Starts India Venture to Develop Emerging Market Vaccines

Source: Bloomberg.com

GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK) agreed to form a joint venture in India to produce a six-in-one vaccine that will immunize children in developing countries against infectious diseases including polio.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Billionaire Horse Breeder’s Polio Shot to Undercut Glaxo

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Indian billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla, founder of the world’s biggest maker of vaccines, will slash the price of polio immunization and introduce shots for diarrhea and pneumonia, undercutting Pfizer Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The dirty little secret for making better vaccines

Source: Futurity

A menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may mean better vaccines for diseases like flu, whooping cough, cholera, and HPV.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Game-Changing' Flu Vaccines Not Far Off

Source: Sci-Tech Today

Today's flu shots aren't perfect -- but a "universal" flu vaccine that works better and lasts longer may not be far off, health experts say.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — South Asia

What Two Years Without Polio Mean for India

Source: India Real Time

On Jan. 13, 2011, doctors confirmed Rukhsaar Khatoon, a two year-old from the state of West Bengal, had polio. Since baby Rukhsaar was diagnosed, exactly two years ago, no cases of polio have been confirmed in India.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

UT Arlington receives Grand Challenges Explorations grant for research in global health

Source: Phys.org

A new research grant could lead to new ways to cool vaccines and medicine that must be shipped to remote parts of the world without ready access to electricity.
Monday, January 07, 2013 — South Asia

Prices double as private vaccines flood market

Source: Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) seems to have slipped almost entirely into the grip of the private sector as the government's vaccine institutes that were reopened in February 2010 after being shut down two years ago are yet to contribute in any significant way. In the process, the cost of most vaccines has more than doubled since 2006-07.
Friday, January 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

T cell ‘atlas’ paves way for new vaccines

Source: Futurity

COLUMBIA U. (US) — The first-ever “atlas” of immune cells in the human body may lead to new vaccine strategies and immunotherapies.
Thursday, January 03, 2013 — South Asia

India's shift to inclusive innovation is 'a model to follow'

Source: SciDev.net

A leading Indian scientist and policymaker is calling on developing countries to adopt an "emerging paradigm" of affordable, less complex and inclusive innovation to promote development and cut poverty.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013 — South Asia

Measles outbreak kills hundreds in Pakistan

Source: Al Jazeera

An international health body says that the disease has killed more than 300 children in Pakistan's Sindh province.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Silk stabilizer could eliminate need to refrigerate vaccines

Source: Vaccine News Daily

Researchers at Tufts University recently found that a new silk-based stabilizer could get rid of the need to refrigerate vaccines and antibiotics, potentially enhancing vaccine delivery and storage in developing nations.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Vaccine Rule Is Said to Hurt Health Efforts

Source: New York Times

A group of prominent doctors and public health experts warns in articles to be published Monday in the journal Pediatrics that banning thimerosal, a mercury compound used as a preservative in vaccines, would devastate public health efforts in developing countries.
Thursday, December 13, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Saving Tanzania’s Poorest Children

Source: Inter Press Service

DAR ES SALAAM, Dec 13 2012 (IPS) - Half asleep, Anuary lies exhausted on his bed in Amana Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. His mother, Mariam Saidi, sits on the edge of his mattress, staring blankly out of the window. Every now and then, she turns to wipe her 18-month-old son’s forehead.
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