Immunization Program Management

Nigeria: 25 Million Children Never Vaccinated for Measles

More than 25 million children born in the last five years have never had any vaccination against measles, figures show.
 
They are the target in planned nationwide campaign to immunise at least 39 million children aged nine months to 59 months this November and early next year, according to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency.
 
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Number of dengue fever cases tops 25,379 in Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 19 (CNA) Taiwan reported another 248 cases of dengue fever, bringing the total number of infections since the start of May to 25,379, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Monday.
 
As of Sunday, Kaohsiung and Tainan, where the dengue fever outbreak is concentrated, had reported 125 and 119 new cases, respectively.
 
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How the “polio surge” in Nigeria helped stop Ebola

CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on how the polio eradication effort was an important tool in fighting the outbreak
 
One of the scariest moments of last year’s Ebola outbreak for Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was when Ebola arrived, by way of a business traveler, in Lagos. That the devastating and highly infectious disease had surfaced in the Nigerian megacity—an international hub and home to some 20 million people—posed any number of troubling scenarios.
 
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Health minister launches malaria control software for Mangaluru

MANGALURU: Minister for health and family welfare U T Khader launched malaria control software system (MCS) for Mangaluru city corporation (MCC) on Saturday. 
 
Khader said that Mangaluru, which has been recording highest number of malaria cases in the state, is the only city in India to have a software system that ensures a streamlined malaria control programme. The system will help in reducing the number of malaria instances in the city drastically, he said adding, "Our goal is to make Mangaluru Zero Malaria City." 
 
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A no-brainer: How to transition from polio eradication to measles eradication

Why stop with eradicating polio when the eradication of measles is within our grasp? During more than 25 years of operations, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has mobilized and trained millions of volunteers, social mobilizers, and health workers; accessed households untouched by other health initiatives; mapped and brought health interventions to chronically neglected communities; and established a standardized, real-time global surveillance and response capacity.
 
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Coronavirus Mers: un patient à nouveau touché

Un Sud-Coréen déclaré guéri du coronavirus Mers a été diagnostiqué à nouveau avec le virus mortel, un revers pour Séoul qui espérait être déclaré exempt de l'épidémie, a anononcé aujourd'hui le ministère sud-coréen de la Santé. 
 
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Call for nominations for experts to serve on a SAGE Working Group on Oral Cholera Vaccines

Cholera has produced 7 pandemics and remains a significant and neglected public health threat, which disproportionately affects the poor and imposes significant economic costs. Cholera outbreaks continue to spread across many countries with dramatic consequences, overwhelming stretched health systems and diverting resources from other programs. Endemic situations are not controlled in a number of rural and urban settings in Africa, Asia and Haiti.
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UPDATE 1-As world seeks to eradicate polio, Laos suffers vaccine-linked case

Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to a global plan to eradicate the crippling disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali.
 
The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the virus strain has been circulating in the area of Bolikhamxay province, which has low immunisation rates, for more than two years.
 
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L'ONU manque à ses devoirs envers les victimes du choléra en Haïti, cinq ans après le début de l'épidémie

Les Nations unies manquent gravement à leur devoir envers les victimes de l'épidémie de choléra que son personnel a déclenchée en Haïti il y a cinq ans, des milliers de malades étant dans l'attente d'un accès à des traitements efficaces et à des indemnisations, a déclaré Amnesty International.
 
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INDE. La dengue sème la panique

38 morts, plus de 7600 cas confirmés selon le site Ibnlive en Inde en ce début octobre 2015. L’épidémie récurrente de dengue touche durement plusieurs pays asiatiques cette année, mais l’impréparation du système sanitaire de la capitale indienne donne une ampleur alarmante à la maladie.

Le nombre de cas serait largement sous-estimé : le blog santé du SciDevNet relaye une étude indo-américaine de 2014 qui évaluait une moyenne annuelle de près de 6 millions de cas. 

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