Vaccine Supply Chain, Cold Chain, and Logistics

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.

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.

UN: Nearly 2M Ukraine Children at Risk of Polio

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund are urging the government in Ukraine to give the immediate go-ahead for a life-saving nationwide polio immunization campaign. The U.N. agencies warn the government's failure to back the campaign is putting the lives of nearly 2 million children at risk.
Six weeks after a polio outbreak and despite repeated requests by aid agencies, Ukrainian authorities still have not given permission for a nationwide immunization campaign to begin.

UN failing cholera victims in Haiti five years after outbreak

The United Nations is miserably failing the victims of the cholera epidemic its personnel triggered in Haiti five years ago, with thousands left waiting for access to effective medical treatment and compensation, said Amnesty International.

US could be on verge of measles outbreak, researchers warn

The United States could be on the verge of larger outbreaks of measles.
One in eight children under the age of 17 is susceptible to the disease and would likely get sick if exposed to the dangerous virus, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta reported Thursday.
The situation is most acute among young children: Nearly a quarter of those age 3 and under are now vulnerable to the highly infectious virus.
Measles epidemics used to occur regularly in the pre-vaccine era.

#StayNegatHIVe: Iloilo, 4 other cities UNICEF models for HIV services

ILOILO CITY, Philippines - A person gets infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) every day in Western Visayas.
Responding to this problem, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with Burnet Institute, an Australian non-profit organization, conducted a seminar workshop and consultative planning meeting on HIV service delivery models for adolescents here on October 5-7.

90 cas de tuberculose à la Médina : La population demande des centres de dépistage

Le taux des malades atteints de tuberculose semblent élevés à la Médina. Le dernier bilan relève 90 nouveaux cas de la maladie soit une augmentation de 42%. Et pour les raisons de cette forte prévalence, Mouhamadou Ly, le médecin chef du district sud,  d’indiquer que « la Médina concentre le plus grand taux, parce qu’il y a beaucoup de problèmes pathologiques, surtout la tuberculose. On rencontre toujours des cas. Si la maladie est présente dans cette zone, c’est parce qu’il y a une forte densité de la population.


Malaria eradication Breaking the fever

IN A dusty yard in Magagasi, a small village in eastern Swaziland, a man in surgical gloves draws Gugu Dlamini’s blood for the third time this year. The health worker lays a drop of it on a small plastic tray and adds a clear solution. The ritual is familiar. Every time a malaria case is reported in the country, surveillance officers sweep in and test everyone living within 500 metres of the sick person. In a few minutes a single line appears in the tray’s indicator window: Ms Dlamini does not have malaria.

World Health Organization Posts Ambitious New Guidelines For HIV Treatment

New guidelines from the World Health Organization call for a change in treating HIV, but the recommendations may be difficult to meet. The WHO wants anyone who's infected with HIV to be given powerful anti-AIDS drugs as soon after diagnosis as possible. And that's the change - getting the drugs to people earlier. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports that means millions more people living with HIV should be placed on treatment.


Uganda's test and treat HIV programme hauls in fishermen of Lake Victoria

Three years ago, Mablice Karuhanga was broke and bored. Then 27, he had lost his parents suddenly and with them his ties to the rural community in south-western Uganda where he lived. He decided to head east – to the Ssese islands in Lake Victoria – where he hoped to earn a living as a fisherman.