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GHIT Fund Invests in Late-stage Trial for Child-friendly “Snail Fever” Medicines

Harman Opondo Completion of Phase 3 trial for treatment of “Snail Fever” (aka schistosomiasis) is final step before regulatory and WHO submission; GHIT also announces new investment in novel malaria vaccine and therapeutic for dengue, continued support for innovative tools to tackle malaria and neglected tropical diseases The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund),

Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems impede their impact, Researchers Say

Four in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa are impacted by vaccine stockouts leading to 89 percent probability that immunization delivery services will be compromised, a collection of new articles published today in Vaccine journal shows. According to the collection, outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on

TB Alliance Sublicenses Promising Anti-Tuberculosis Drug from the Medicines Patent Pool

Herman Opondo On World Tuberculosis Day, TB Alliance and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced a licensing agreement for the clinical development of sutezolid, an antibiotic drug candidate which demonstrated encouraging results in early studies. The sublicense pertains to the development of sutezolid in combination with other TB drugs and follows the MPP’s license for

Africa unified against threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent. The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent

Merck marks “International Women’s Day” with Africa’s first female president H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Merck marked “International Women’s Day” with the launch of “Merck More than a Mother” and “Merck STEM for Girls and Women” program for the first time in Liberia. “Merck More than a Mother” will empower infertile women in Liberia through improving access to information, health, change of mind-set and economic empowerment. “Merck More than a

Mass Cholera vaccination campaign begins in Somalia

A major vaccination campaign to halt the spread of cholera begins in three drought-ravaged regions of Somalia today. The vaccines were procured, transported and stored at the appropriate temperature by UNICEF. They will be administered by the Government of Somalia with the support of World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF; while UNICEF and others continue

To maximize a child’s development, genetics provide important insight, study shows

A child’s genetic make-up can play a large, hidden role in the success of efforts to maximize his or her development, South African research suggests. The study, published February 28 in PLoS Medicine and supported by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada’s Saving Brains program, sheds new light on why some children benefit

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