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Malaria: Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi first countries to receive RTS, S malaria vaccine

Herman Opondo Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi were on Monday picked to take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. The injectable vaccine, RTS,S, was developed to protect young children from the most deadly form of malaria caused by

Leaders Recommit fight to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

Leaders from governments, pharmaceutical companies and charitable organizations convened at a five-day summit in Geneva to pledge new commitments to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The summit coincided with the launch of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Fourth Report on NTDs, showing transformational progress against these debilitating diseases, and a commitment by the

Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems impede their impact, Researchers Say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 According to the collection, outdated vaccine supply and distribution systems are delaying and limiting the impact that vaccines have on

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

Hope for Africans as the Medicines Patent Pool Announces First Licence for Tuberculosis Treatment

The Medicines Patent Pool has announced signing a licence with Johns Hopkins University to facilitate the clinical development of tuberculosis (TB) drug candidate sutezolid. Long considered a promising investigational treatment, its further development in combination with other drugs, could offer hope to millions of African suffering from TB particularly those that are both drug-sensitive and

WHO and partners reach 1.1 million South Sudanese children with oral polio vaccines

The third round of the National Immunization Days of 2016 campaign in South Sudan targeting more than 3.5 million children aged 0 – 59 months ran successfully despite ongoing violence. The four-day campaign from 15 to 18 November 2016 was organized and led by the Ministry of Health with support from WHO and UNICEF using

Malaria: First vaccine to pilot in sub Saharan Africa

The WHO has confirmed that the world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in sub-Saharan Africa after securing funding for the initial phase of the programme. Vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. The vaccine, known as RTS,S, acts against P. falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally, and the most

Nigeria, South Africa immensely contribute to global TB disease burden

By Henry Opondo Nigeria and South Africa in combination with Asian countries of Indonesia, China and Pakistan contributed to 60% of all tuberculosis disease burden in 2015, a new WHO report on TB reveals. According to the report, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide and that the burden is higher than

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