Global initiatives

Global initiatives

All topics related to global immunization initiatives, including advocacy and communications, awareness-raising, and global strategies.

14/05/2018

While real progress has been made on a number of serious health issues, half of the world’s citizens lack access to essential health services. Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and WHO signed a five year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help support countries to achieve the health-related targets across…

09/05/2018

The largest cholera vaccination drive in history targeting two million people across Africa is underway, the United Nations announced on Monday, in response to a series of recent deadly outbreaks of the water-borne disease.  “Oral cholera vaccines are a key weapon in our fight against cholera,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of…

01/05/2018

The new $12 million Ending the Pandemic Threat: A Grand Challenge for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lucy and Larry Page is an important and necessary step intended to spark innovative ideas toward finding a game-changing solution to end the threat of flu. To find a…

26/04/2018

Countries are being urged to introduce a vaccine that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year. Around half a million children die annually from diarrhoeal disease, with around half of these deaths – 213,000 – attributed to one particular illness: rotavirus. The virus, which was only identified…

09/04/2018

It used to be that every child living in the developing world contracted rotavirusat least once before his or her fifth birthday. (Rotavirus can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration and turn fatal if left untreated.)  And every year, 350,000 to 600,000 children — about one in 300 — would die as a result. …

27/03/2018

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance welcomed final approval of the United States fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill. The budget includes US$ 290 million for Gavi, which will go towards increasing the organization’s capacity to purchase and deliver life-saving vaccines for poor and vulnerable children around the world. The contribution to Gavi…

06/03/2018

Geneva-based Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, will provide US$60 million over the next two years to implement an immunisation programme in the country, largely focusing on cold chain facilities, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. “We are planning to set up more cold chain facilities this year. Cold storage…

26/02/2018

Today Sierra Leone officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or IPV) into its routine immunization programme to maximize protection against polio. IPV is now used in many countries around the world to prevent against the debilitating disease, and will now be available free of cost alongside the oral vaccine at clinics…
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