Provision of Immunization Services

West African Child Is Paralyzed by Vaccine-Derived Polio

A case of vaccine-derived polio has paralyzed a child in Bamako, the capital of Mali, and an emergency vaccination drive is being organized to forestall an outbreak, the World Health Organization announced Monday.
 
It is the first time the disease has been seen in Mali since 2011. The patient is a Guinean child whose parents traveled to Bamako seeking medical care. The child’s virus is a close genetic match to a strain last detected in a nearby region of Guinea in 2014.
 
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Pertussis Passed to Newborns From Siblings

A new study has found that siblings, not mothers, are now the most common source of pertussis infection in newborns.
 
Infants can be given the DTaP vaccine (it also protects against tetanus and diphtheria) starting at 2 months, and the schedule calls for four more shots periodically through ages 4 to 6.
 
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MSF warns that Sanofi leaving antivenom market will lead to treatment crisis

Sanofi Pasteur says it let the world know 5 years ago that it would quit making Fav-Afrique, a snakebite antivenom, because cheaper products had left it unable to compete. But Doctors Without Borders this week said the other products are not as effective and said an impending shortage will lead to unnecessary deaths, often of children.
 
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Sierra Leone News: Sustainable Immunization symposium ends

Sustainable immunization Financing (SIF) is an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, which is an advocacy programme that helps countries finding long-term reliable financing for their national immunization programme.
 
SIF works with key national decision-makers to find ways to increase domestic immunization funding and lessen dependency on outside donors and partners.
 
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Q&A: Ahead of Seoul-Hosted GHSA Meeting, CDC Director Talks Ebola

No one knows what new infectious disease will be the next to wreak havoc or where it will strike, but public health experts on Monday kicked off the second Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Meeting in Seoul to explore ways to ensure there never will be another deadly epidemic like last year's Ebola outbreak in West Africa. 
 
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Polio Paralyzes 2 Children in West Ukraine Outbreak

Two children in western Ukraine have been paralyzed by polio, in the first cases of the disease seen in Europe in five years, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
 
Although the infections are a setback in the global drive against polio, the W.H.O.’s director of polio eradication, Dr. Hamid Jafari, said that the outbreak appeared to be small and that similar ones had been quickly snuffed out.
 
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South Sudan: MSF completes cholera vaccination campaign in Juba

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has completed a targeted cholera vaccination campaign reaching over 160,000 people in Juba. The vaccination campaign, undertaken in coordination with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, provides additional protection against cholera to people living in areas most-affected by the current outbreak, helping to reduce spread of cholera within those neighbourhoods.
 
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Want to improve drug adherence, pharma? Get tracking

If you're a pharma company, chances are you're thinking about how to get patients to stick to their meds. Missed refills create a "big problem" not only for patients' health, but for companies aiming for slam-dunk sales, Manish Gupta, CMO of global data firm Liaison Technologies, told FiercePharmaMarketing.
 
Sifting patient data could change all that, Gupta says. The thing is, drugmakers need an eye on all sorts of data streams to really track adherence--and make a difference in how patients take their meds.
 
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Precision FDA to Test Accuracy of Genomic Analysis Tools

As the FDA prepares to take a more active role in the oversight of genetic tests, the agency is finding itself in unfamiliar territory: regulating software.
 
In the past, reviewing new diagnostics rarely involved stepping far outside the wet lab. Tests might involve finding a pathogen under the microscope, or detecting an analyte through a chemical reaction in a test tube: simple yes or no questions that just had to be checked to make sure they reliably gave the right answers.
 
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WHO: Tanzania Cholera Epidemic Worsens

GENEVA— The World Health Organization and Tanzanian Ministry of Health are stepping up efforts to contain and discover the source of a cholera epidemic that so far has killed eight people and infected more than 400 others.
 
WHO data indicates the fast-spreading epidemic broke out in the Dar es Salaam and Morogoro regions nearly two weeks ago; the Dar es Salaam region has been most adversely affected with 354 cases and seven deaths.
 
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier tells VOA the outbreak caught health officials by surprise.
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