In health development, access to vaccines and medicines is crucial. But is enough being done to ensure that these essential commodities are reaching all the people that need them on time, in a safe, effective way, through a system that is will-monitored and sustainable? JSI’s Robert Steinglass raises highlights the critical gaps that exist between access and development.
Inside the 19th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference, May 20, 2014 [View the story “Highlights from #massvac 2014 ” on Storify]
Mandates for sustainability are often absent when major global initiatives form and the focus turns to rapid, short-term achievement. This blog focuses on GAVI Alliance’s plans for sustainability.
On February 11, 2014, India celebrated a milestone on its road to being polio free, after not reporting a case of wild poliovirus in three years.
The scene: a crowd gathers in a remote mountain village, one which is often unreachable by motor vehicle, but which today is visited via helicopter by medical staff from a U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force, along with local health staff. The village—a community in Hauteo sub-district, Ainaro district—is located in one of the world’s newest, smallest and most isolated countries: Timor-Leste (East Timor).
Residents of Massachusetts benefit from a universal select childhood vaccine program, and Massachusetts has some of the highest childhood vaccination rates in the nation. Adults, however, have less access to vaccine supplies, services, and information, and rates have lagged behind.
In November, Senegal became the ninth country in the “meningitis belt” (a band of 26 countries stretching from Senegal to Ethiopia) to introduce the effective, low-cost MenAfriVac™ vaccine through the Meningitis Vaccine Project (MVP), a partnership between the World Health Organization (WHO) and PATH.
In recent years, the world of immunization has been dominated by a focus on life-saving vaccines and the prevention of individual diseases. The global community has launched what is being called the “Decade of Vaccines.” Not a week goes by without a major medical journal publishing articles with exciting news on the development, efficacy, value, supply, and financing of new vaccines.
Rebecca Fields and Robert Steinglass: Make vaccination a reality for all children “This will give mothers peace of mind.” “This will reduce my fear of my child dying of pneumonia.” “This will reduce the number of trips mothers make to the health center.” “This will save me money if my child doesn’t get sick.” “We … Continue reading “MDG 4: Delivering on the Promise of Immunization”