Discussions marquées : Ebola

Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone battles against fear and logistics

From today's Guardian Health workers face suspicion and a lack of cold storage as they test the Ebola vaccine http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/mar/10/ebola-vaccine-trial-sierra-leone-fear-logistics-immunisations Dr Tamba Manye, who works for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Tonkolili, says logistics need to be improved before the unlicensed vaccine can be made more widely available.“There is no cold chain facility in Sierra Leone that can deal with the vaccine because it has to be stored at minus 80 degrees celcius. The only facility is in Guinea, so we had to fly the vaccines from there.

FIELD REPORT: Advocacy for Immunization Financing Resuming in Liberia

Dear colleagues, As the Ebola outbreak recedes in Liberia, advocacy champions from the Ministry of Health, parliament, and international agencies are keen to reinitiate momentum towards passing the immunization law, reassembling the multi-institutional immunization financing coalition, and increasing the national immunization budget to an adequate amount. Please find attached a brief report covering a Sabin/SIF program field mission to these countries, where these initiatives are discussed in further detail. Warm regards, Andrew Carlson

Guidance for immunization programmes in the African Region in the context of Ebola

A new WHO Information Note concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now available on the WHO website. http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/ebola/ebola-immunization-afro As a public health emergency of international concern, the recent Ebola outbreak has drawn huge global attention and response. In the midst of the epidemic, numerous queries about immunization services and the risks they present have been raised. Tragically in some areas, there are reports of increased vaccine-preventable deaths, such as measles. In this context, practical guidance for both Ebola affected and non-affected countries is needed. The specific purpose of this document is to assist countries to: Maintain immunization services and use immunization contacts and surveillance system as opportunities to educate and monitor for Ebola; Provide guidance on infection prevention and control during vaccination; Prepare where there is a potential risk of Ebola (e.g. border, etc.) and low immunization coverage, to implement activities to increase immunization coverage in these areas. As the situation evolves, it is intended that this guidance will be revised if necessary.

Community Service on Ebola - Please share widely

Cross-posted from the global.knowledge-gateway.org with thanks! Dear Friends, Could you please share this easy-to-digest message out to the West African public through your various means? It is very well done and provides people with the information they require to stop the spread of Ebola. And in this case Prevention is MUCH MUCH better than cure. Many thanks E http://ebolafacts.com/ https://twitter.com/ebolafacts Egbe Osifo-Dawodu MD MBA MSc MRCP Founding Partner Anadach Group eosifodawodu@anadach.com http://www.anadach.com http://twitter.com/anadach
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