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24 July 2015

Malaria vaccine: How good is good enough?

Source: BBC

The first malaria vaccine is set to be given the green light by regulators on Friday, opening the door for the World Health Organization to recommend its use in developing countries. But in this week's Scrubbing Up, By Dr Seth Berkley, chief executive officer of Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), and Dr Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, say it won't be a straightforward decision.

23 July 2015

Sudan's other crisis

Source: CNN

Once their remoteness and inaccessibility made the Nuba Mountains a refuge in Sudan, offering sanctuary and protection to people fleeing persecution. Today, a lack of access has made the same mountains a deadly prison to hundreds of thousands trapped in a bitter struggle between the Sudanese military and rebel forces, with reports that the government is cluster-bombing its own people. If the cluster bomb reports are true, it is an outrage that must end. But we shouldn't have to wait until the bombs drop, or until a U.S. president visits the region, to be prompted into action. Ever since South Sudan's independence, this disputed border territory around the South Kordofan region has struggled to see vital humanitarian aid that is quite literally a lifeline. The moment supplies of vaccines and medicines stop flowing, lives are as good as lost. With that in mind, we need to start reading the signs and sound the alarm as soon as children are denied access to immunization, rather than waiting for the inevitable consequences.

03 July 2015

Investment in child health in world's poorest countries saves 34m lives

Source: The Guardian

More than 34 million children’s lives have been saved in the last 15 years at a cost, in the poorest countries, of about $4,000 (£2,500) each, say experts who have compiled a scorecard of donor and government spending on child health. The US government has saved the largest number of lives of children under the age of five, at 3.3 million. British funding for child health has also had a significant impact, saving 1.7 million lives –slightly more than the 1.5 million lives saved by donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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