Pneumococcal

Beyond Ebola, keeping patients and health workers safe

Dr Doussou Touré arrives for work at Coléah Medical Centre. She washes her hands from a bucket set up in front of the building, proceeds to a screening area where her temperature is checked and recorded and only then enters the bustling facility that she supervises.
 
“Ebola is under control now, but we try to keep up the infection prevention and control systems that were put in place during the outbreak,” Dr Touré says, pointing to several sturdy, brightly-coloured bins, each one designated for the disposal of varying waste matter.
 
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China needs tougher enforcement of vaccine regulation: WHO

China must strengthen regulation of its market for vaccines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, after a bust of an illegal black market drugs ring this month underscored the country's regulatory weaknesses.
 
Police have arrested more than 130 suspects over a scandal in which 310 million yuan ($48 million) of illegal vaccines was sold onto the market. The value of the illegal trades could be as much as $90 million.
 
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Afrique: Vaccination infantile - L'Afrique, le continent le moins protégé

La première conférence ministérielle africaine sur la vaccination a ouvert ses travaux, le mercredi 24 février 2016 à Addis Abeba en Ethiopie. Des ministres de la Santé, des Finances, des experts, des décideurs, des bailleurs de fonds et de la société civile réfléchissent aux moyens les plus efficaces afin de parvenir à une couverture vaccinale de tous les enfants du continent.
 
Etendre la vaccination afin de parvenir à une couverture universelle est le nouveau challenge que les dirigeants africains et leurs partenaires veulent se donner en matière de santé.
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Central African Republic: MSF emergency team vaccinates 10,000 children against measles and pneumococcal disease

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams have vaccinated almost 10,000 children in the Gadzi area of the Central African Republic, about 300 kilometres west of Bangui, after the appearance of several cases of measles led the local authorities to raise the alarm. The vaccination teams had to cope with major access problems due to the poor state of the roads and the dispersion of the population in the area, where more than 70,000 people live with virtually no basic healthcare.
 
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Pfizer partners with South Africa to produce pneumococcal vaccine

Global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has partnered with South Africa's Biovac Institute to produce a potentially life-saving pneumonia vaccine for infants, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
 
According to the World Health Organisation, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children worldwide, accounting for 15 percent of all deaths for children under the age of 5 years.
 
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Mali : Poliscopie : Paludisme, typhoïde, grippe…. la cote d’alerte est atteinte

Revers de la médaille cette bonne pluviométrie s’est accompagnée d’une explosion de maladies hydriques, paludisme et fièvre typhoïde en tête. Centres de santé, dispensaires et hôpitaux sont bondés de patients. Les assurances données par les spécialistes qui démentent l’entrée dans une phase d’épidémie tranche avec une réalité de terrain moins reluisante.
 
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Nepal earthquakes: How medics race to avert a health crisis

Three weeks, two earthquakes. More than 8,000 deaths and 17,000 injuries. Nearly 3 million displaced and more than 4 million people affected.

Nepal was brought tumbling down through a series of disasters beyond its control. The collapse of buildings may have ceased -- for now -- but the lives of Nepal's residents remain at risk with the deluge of health consequences now facing them.

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Human pneumonic plague outbreak has multiple transmission routes

According to a recent announcement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) laboratory, the recent outbreak of pneumonic plague can be transmitted from human to human as well as dog to human.
 
The laboratory identified and confirmed the presence of Yersinia pestis, which causes the plague, in a patient’s blood specimen. The man is currently hospitalized for pneumonia.
 
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MSF en campagne contre « l’injuste prix » de certains vaccins

Au début, le communiqué de presse daté de jeudi 23 avril – et la campagne de sensibilisation sur Twitter, avec le hashtag #AskPharma – se présente sous la forme d’un document caviardé. Des mots importants sont censurés par des bandeaux noirs, comme c’est le cas pour protéger des secrets industriels ou d’Etat. Une manière imagée pour Médecins sans frontières (MSF) d’appeler deux laboratoires pharmaceutiques producteurs de vaccins contre le pneumocoque, GlaxoSmithKline (qui commercialise le Synflorix) et Pfizer (Prevenar), à rendre public le prix de ce vaccin pour tous les pays.
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