New method helps compare cholera vaccine costs

Every year around the world, up to 4 million people are diagnosed with cholera, an acute diarrheal disease that’s usually spread through contaminated water in developing countries. In the long term, advances in water supply and sanitation are thought to be the ideal way to control the spread of the disease, but a handful of vaccines have also been developed—or are in development—to prevent cholera.

Haití comenzó campaña de vacunación contra el cólera en zonas más afectadas por huracán Matthew

Les Cayes, Haití, 9 de noviembre de 2016 (OPS/OMS)—Un gran contingente de supervisores nacionales, enfermeras, agentes de salud y crieurs (voceadores a pie) están siendo movilizados por el Ministerio de Salud y de la Población de Haití para vacunar a unas a 800 mil personas que viven en 16 comunas en los departamentos de Sud y Grand’Anse, las áreas más afectadas por el hura


FDA approves vaccine to prevent cholera for travelers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vaxchora, a vaccine for the prevention of cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults 18 through 64 years of age traveling to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora is the only FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of cholera.

Tanzania: Cholera Recedes in Zanzibar - Restaurants, Cafes Reopen

The government has lifted the ban it imposed last month on restaurants, cafes and food vendors after cholera out-break which has claimed 57 lives and affected more than three thousand people.
Speaking at the weekly media briefing on the 'state of cholera', the Director of Prevention - Ministry of Health, Dr Mohamed Dahoma, said that restaurants and the popular Forodhani Public Park in stone town (classified as area A), have been conditionally allowed to open business.

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.

Kenya: Cholera Outbreak Kills Five in Mandera, 320 Others Infected

Five people have died after a cholera outbreak in Mandera County while 320 others have been infected.
Health executive Ahmed Sheikh linked the outbreak to poor hygiene and the ongoing heavy rains.
"We have noticed symptoms of cholera which is a normal infection and as we continue treating the patients they are getting better as we are giving them antibiotics and lots of fluids," he said.
Thirty patients are currently receiving treatment at Mandera County Referral Hospital's special ward.

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.

Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

Haiti says it has recorded 96 people have died from cholera during the first two months of this year.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said there were also 7, 782 cases of the disease during the period January 1 to February 27.
But it said that the trend is towards a decrease in the number of cases following the outbreak US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention described as the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history.

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.