Vaccine Supply Chain, Cold Chain, and Logistics

Uganda: Warning - That Typhoid Diagnosis Could Be Wrong

In February this year, the ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) announced an outbreak of typhoid in Kampala and neighboring districts of Mukono and Wakiso. By June, when the country was declared typhoid-free, 14,304 suspected cases of typhoid had been registered.
As a first step in exploring the outbreak, health investigators employed a specific case definition test, which includes laboratory confirmation of the disease. It was discovered that four among the 16 specimen tested were positive.

Huge campaign: Over 1m children to be given polio drops

A new phase of the anti-polio campaign in 80 union councils of Karachi is being launched from October 7, targeting 1,016,499 children under the age of five.
A total of 2,795 mobile teams will participate in the drive against the crippling disease. During the campaign, 153,548 children in district Central, 219,143 children in district Malir, 472,927 children in district West, 7,965 children in district South, 55,719 children in district East, while 107,197 children in district Korangi will be administered polio drops.

La BBC primée pour son utilisation de WhatsApp contre Ebola

C’est en utilisant la messagerie en ligne WhatsApp que la BBC a décidé d’informer les populations africaines. La radio anglaise a depuis lors remporté le prix du journalisme en ligne du service public. Populaire et facile d’accès la messagerie diffusait pour les abonnés des informations vitales.


Sida, tuberculose, paludisme : 17 millions de vies sauvées par le Fonds mondial depuis sa création

L’impact des actions menées par le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme est de plus en plus important, se félicite ce partenariat international, créé en 2002 pour faire face aux trois pandémies. Son rapport annuel, rendu public lundi 21 septembre, évalue à 17 millions, à la fin de 2014, le nombre de vies qui ont été sauvées grâce à ses interventions depuis qu’il est en activité. L’objectif pour la fin de 2016 est de parvenir à 22 millions de vies sauvées en cumulé.

UAE schools to immunise students for free against deadly measles

After the successful polio vaccination programme for students, UAE authorities have now launched a measles immunisation campaign in the country.
The National Measles Immunisation Campaign will target everyone between the ages of 1 and 18 years.
The Ministry of Health and the health authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are urging UAE residents to make the campaign a success and help eliminate the disease from the UAE.

Cameroon Finds Resistance to Polio Vaccination Campaign

Cameroon is ending a polio vaccination campaign against a backdrop of growing resistance, even though officials say 7 percent of Cameroon's children are still at risk of contracting the crippling disease. 
Forty-three-year-old Clarisse Tomta has refused to allow vaccination agents to inoculate two of her children – both under 5 years of age. She described the anti-polio campaign as unnecessary.

Scripps Florida nets 4-year, $6M grant from Gates Foundation for HIV vaccine

In June, a team from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA, met with federal regulators to discuss human trials for its investigational HIV vaccine. Now, researchers from the Scripps campus in Florida have won a four-year grant of up to $6 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a vaccine for HIV/AIDS that researchers there have been working on.


Ukraine health officials fear big polio outbreak

Health officials in Ukraine are gripped by fears of a major polio outbreak, after it was announced this month that the disease had paralysed two children in the south-western region of Trans-Carpathia.
Concerns that the virus could cut a deadly swathe through the country has mobilised officials to launch a national immunisation campaign that would embrace all children up to 10 years old.

Iraq Facing Cholera Outbreak as Public Services Deteriorate

Iraq is experiencing a marked increase in the number of cases of cholera, due to poor sanitation, unclean drinking water and the country's deteriorating electricity network.
Public service messages explain to Iraqis the dangers of cholera, how it is spread, and what its symptoms look like. Iraqi officials report over 120 cases of cholera in recent days in the capital Baghdad, nearby Abu Ghreib, and Najaf.