Gestión del programa de inmunización

Tuberculosis now rivals AIDS as leading cause of death -WHO

For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Wednesday.
 
It found that during 2014, 1.1 million people died of TB in 2014. During the same period, HIV/AIDS killed 1.2 million people globally, including 400,000 who were infected with both HIV and TB.
 
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On World Polio Day, UNICEF cites ‘dramatic’ progress against virus, urges efforts towards zero cases

Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus, but a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official has vowed “we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero.”
 
“Progress to end polio is real and dramatic, with now just two countries in the world where the wild poliovirus has never been interrupted: Afghanistan and Pakistan,” said by the head of the Polio Unit at UNICEF, Peter Crowley, in a press release.
 
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Polio on the brink of eradication

When the international community set out in 1988 to wipe polio off the face of the earth, it was an audacious move. Only once before — with the eradication of smallpox in 1974 — had humankind managed to pull off such a feat.
 
And yet, country by country, region by region, there has been tremendous progress in the fight against polio. Cases are down by 99.9 percent. Only two countries still have circulating wild polio virus — Afghanistan and Pakistan — and we’re seeing fewer and fewer cases there too.
 
How did we get this far?
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WHO: Cholera Outbreaks Threaten Africa, Mideast

The World Health Organization is stepping up efforts to control multiple cholera outbreaks in Africa and the Middle East to prevent the disease from spreading and threatening the health of thousands of people.
 
More than 10,700 cholera cases and 170 deaths are reported in five countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and African regions, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.
 
WHO officials say they are alarmed at the prospect of this deadly disease spreading if urgent control measures are not taken.
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Iraq faces cholera outbreak and Red Crescent takes several measures to fight it

The Iraqi Ministry of Health has announced that more than 1800 cases of cholera infections have been recorded so far in Baghdad and other Iraqi governorates, among them six fatalities resulting from the disease’s spread. According to the ministry, cholera might have resulted from the scarcity of water in the country, and people relying on wells and polluted water instead to make up for their needs.
 
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Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) of the United Republic of Tanzania has notified WHO of new foci of cholera outbreaks in the country. As of 13 October, 13 regions have been affected, namely Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Pwani, Kigoma, Kilimanjaro, Iringa, Dodoma, Geita, Mara, Singida, Shinyaga, Mwanza and Zanzibar. As of 19 October, the cumulative number of cases is 4,835 cases, including 68 deaths. The region of Dar es Salam accounts for 72% of all reported cases (3,460). Zanzibar has reported 140 cases.
 
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Sanofi, Gates Foundation and IDRI team up to improve vaccine development process

In recent months, experts have raised concerns about the time and costs involved in developing lifesaving vaccines. Now, Sanofi Pasteur, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) are joining together to do their part to improve things.
 
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Inovio and Partner Advance MERS Vaccine

Inovio Affiliate GeneOne Files Investigational New Drug Application
 
No vaccine exists for MERS virus, which has killed 40% of those infected
 
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Cambodia's battle against malaria put at risk as expenses row holds up funds

Cambodia’s fight against malaria is at risk of being derailed because of a dispute over expenses payments between the Cambodian government and the Global Fund, the biggest donor to the country’s malaria programme.
 
The row comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that malaria cases in Cambodia have increased significantly in the last year.
 
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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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