Vaccine Supply Chain, Cold Chain, and Logistics

Ministers pledge to improve access to vaccines at first-ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa

With one in five African children lacking access to all needed and basic life-saving vaccines, ministers of health and other line ministers countries committed themselves to keep immunization at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality, morbidity and disability.

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.

Congo-Kinshasa: Le Japon et l'Unicef s'accordent pour financer la vaccination

L'Agence coréenne de la coopération internationale (KOICA) et l'Unicef a signé lundi 29 février à Kinshasa un accord de financement de la vaccination de routine. Environ 613 000 enfants et 703 200 femmes enceintes des provinces de Kinshasa, du Haut-Katanga et de l'Ituri sont ciblés par ce projet.
KOICA a débloqué 4 millions de dollars américains et l'Unicef, 2 millions.

Tanzania: Cholera Prevalence Down By Five Per Cent

Cholera prevalence in the country is down by five per cent, according to a weekly report by the Ministry of Health, Social welfare, Gender, Elderly and Children released in Dar es Salaam.
According to a report released by the Deputy Minister Dr Hamis Kigwangalla, there were 499 cholera cases with six deaths registered between February 15 and 21. He pointed out that 11 regions were reported to have cholera prevalence.

Kenya: MSF warns of future cholera spike if poor water and sanitation conditions in Wajir are not urgently addressed

As the rainy season approaches in Wajir in northeastern Kenya, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is warning that the substandard water and sanitation situation is creating ideal conditions for a future increase in cholera cases. While today patient numbers in the cholera treatment centre in Wajir Hospital are stable, the organization is urging for an immediate improvement in sanitation services to avoid another spike in the outbreak.

Face à Zika : « Mieux écouter les populations concernées »

Depuis quelque temps, on découvre un nouveau virus dans la fumée encore visible de l’épidémie d’Ebola. En métropole, on découvre et apprend donc de ce « nouveau » virus, Zika, qu’il est un arbovirus vectorisé par des moustiques à l’homme et qu’il se propage de manière explosive sur tout le continent américain et les Caraïbes. Pourtant, il n’y a pas si longtemps, en 2013, ce virus a déjà touché les Polynésiens avec une très importante et rapide diffusion de l’épidémie. On redécouvre ici donc cette maladie de là-bas…
Entendre les populations touchées.

Zika virus: Policy implications and practical considerations

The ongoing issues related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika  virus are still emerging, however the policy implications have certainly taken shape. The President’s recent budget includes an $1.8 billion request from Congress to respond to the Zika virus, which is a mosquito-borne illness discovered in Uganda in 1947 but has since spread across Asia and to the Americas.

WHO issues $56 million plan to combat Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that $56 million were needed to combat the Zika virus until June, including for the fast-tracking of vaccines, diagnostics and research studies into how it spreads.
The funds, including $25 million for the WHO and its regional office, would also be used to control the mosquito-borne virus that has spread to 39 countries, including 34 in the Americas, and has been linked to birth defects in Brazil.

WHO sees Zika link proven in weeks as U.S., India lead vaccine race

Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, should be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
A sharp increase in birth defects in Brazil has triggered a global health emergency over the mosquito-borne virus and spurred a race to develop a vaccine and better diagnostic tests.

Ebola Outbreak Highlights U.K.’s, WHO’s Needs For Emergency Response Reform

A devastating report on the UK's lessons from Ebola was published this week by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Much of the blame for the world's lacklustre response to Ebola has been laid at the door of WHO. But the committee also found surprising weaknesses in the UK's application of science to global health emergencies. It makes important recommendations for corrective action. Although targeted towards the UK, the committee's findings will also likely apply to other high-income countries involved in the response to Ebola.