Vaccines alliance signs $5 million advance deal for Merck's Ebola shot

Vaccines alliance signs $5 million advance deal for Merck's Ebola shot

The Gavi global alliance for vaccines and immunization group signed a $5 million advance purchase commitment on Wednesday to buy a vaccine being developed by Merck to protect against future outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus.

 

Affordable and effective vaccine brings Africa close to elimination of meningitis A

Affordable and effective vaccine brings Africa close to elimination of meningitis A

By World Health Organization

For a century, epidemics of meningococcal A meningitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, have swept across 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa killing and disabling young people every year. The disease is highly feared on the continent; it can kill or cause severe brain damage within hours.

Why Africa is lagging behind in child vaccination

Why Africa is lagging behind in child vaccination

By Charles Wiysonge
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

Africa has made incredible improvements immunising children against preventable diseases such as polio, pneumonia, diphtheria, measles and tuberculosis. By 2014, 77% of the continent’s children were immunised. Compared to 1980, when only 5% of African children were vaccinated, this is a drastic improvement.

Ebola vaccine impact depends on a strong health system

Ebola vaccine impact depends on a strong health system

By Dr. Samuel Kargbo
Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone

As a medical doctor responsible for the health of mothers and children in the nation of Sierra Leone, there is one job I never expected to have: chief undertaker.

How understanding gender inequalities can help vaccinate more children

How understanding gender inequalities can help vaccinate more children

By Emily Loud
Gavi

Recent research suggests that in many places the low social status of women acts as a significant barrier to children being vaccinated. Lack of access to education, low income and limited decision-making power all play a role. But why is this, and what can we do about it?