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May 2011

30 May 2011

Vaccine alliance seeks $3.7 bln from London meeting

Source: Reuters

International health alliance GAVI is seeking $3.7 billion from a June 13 pledging conference in London to help deliver vaccines to nearly a quarter of a billion children across the world by 2015.

25 May 2011

UK-US Partnership for Global Development

Source: Number 10

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama reaffirm our commitment to changing the lives of the 1.2 billion poor people in the world today. Twenty first century technology and innovation can help us achieve our development goals. We will continue to work together, not least at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) Replenishment Conference in June, and to ensure the GAVI Alliance has the resources it needs to do its job.

25 May 2011

A Special Relationship to Save Lives

Source: Huffington Post

This week during his first official state visit to the United Kingdom, President Barack Obama will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss pressing issues faced by the allies. While the global economy, the NATO mission in Libya and the war in Afghanistan will figure prominently in the agenda, the two leaders are expected to discuss an issue less likely to be in the headlines: a plan to save over 4 million lives by providing vaccines to the children who need them most.

25 May 2011

Interview with Bill Roedy on becoming GAVI’s first envoy

Source: BBC Radio 4

Question: You’ve been involved in global health, like AIDS before. What are you doing now? Bill Roedy: GAVI – Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunisation – is an impressive story. It’s remarkable really. You give a vaccination, you save a child’s life. It’s Bill and Melinda Gates’ largest initiative. It’s been around for 10 years. It’s responsible for saving 5 million lives. And 1.7M children’s lives can be saved every year with vaccinations. Vaccines are here. There is an infrastructure and a solution. It’s incredible that there’s a vaccination for pneumonia and rotavirus – which kill more than HIV and malaria combined – and it works.

25 May 2011

Former CEO of MTV Networks Bill Roedy Takes Up Fight Against Childhood Disease

Source: PR Newswire

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) is proud to announce that Bill Roedy, the architect behind the internationally known MTV Networks, has joined the GAVI family to advocate for immunisation.

25 May 2011

Vaccines: The real issues in vaccine safety

Source: Nature

Hysteria about false vaccine risks often overshadows the challenges of detecting the real ones.

24 May 2011

Invest in vaccines for children worldwide

Source: Miami Herald

Last year more than one million mothers in the developing world lost their young children to diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines. But next year could be different. Pneumococcal disease (the main cause of pneumonia) and rotavirus (the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea) are responsible for nearly 40 percent of all childhood deaths. Two new vaccines can provide immunity from both.

19 May 2011

Africa’s child vaccine failure

Source: SOS Children

African leaders are failing to hand out enough life-saving jabs to children, says multi-billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

18 May 2011

A Vaccine Hero’s Journey to Prevent Rotavirus

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Foundation Blog

When I started my work as a researcher of diarrheal diseases 25 years ago, it was believed that all diarrhea was caused by bacteria. I had an electron microscope, and I used it to demonstrate that, in fact, a virus was behind many severe cases of diarrhea in Africa. It has been my life’s work to demonstrate the importance of rotavirus because here in Ghana, as in other African countries, the burden of diarrheal disease is so great. Yet there could be a simple answer—a vaccine.

18 May 2011

Bill Gates Speech to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly

Source: | WHO

The World Health Organization and this assembly have set the standard for global cooperation in pursuit of better health. For decades, you have established ambitious goals, such as eradicating smallpox. And you have rallied the world to accomplish those goals. It is an honor to join you today.

18 May 2011

Bill Gates upbeat on vaccines mission at WHO

Source: International Business Times

William Henry "Bill" Gates III, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, laid out his vision for the impact that broadening access to vaccines can have on the world. In a keynote address at the 64th World Health Assembly, an annual gathering of health ministers and global health leaders, the Microsoft founder and philanthropist called on government leaders to increase their investments in vaccines and to hold themselves accountable for extending the benefits of vaccines to every child.

17 May 2011

AIDS vaccine a step closer

Source: ABC | The World Today

It is now 30 years since AIDS first identified and fear of the disease spread worldwide along with the infection. Dr Seth Berkley has now been working for more than half of that time to develop a vaccine against the virus.

17 May 2011

Bill Gates Challenges Global Leaders at 64th World Health Assembly

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, called on government leaders to increase their investments in vaccines and to hold themselves accountable for extending the benefits of vaccines to every child.

17 May 2011

Stepping up immunization efforts

Source: The Norway Post

Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg have met in Oslo to discuss how to further scale up the efforts to immunize children in poor countries. The two are cooperating on mobilizing other countries and private donors ahead of the 13 June pledging conference for the GAVI Alliance.

17 May 2011

Gates slams African leaders over vaccines

Source: AFP

Microsoft founder Bill Gates says some African countries are failing to deliver life-saving vaccines to children, hampering billion-dollar efforts to save millions of lives and stamp out deadly diseases.

17 May 2011

Gates says vaccine investment offers best returns

Source: Reuters

Bill Gates called on Tuesday for strengthened immunization programs against infectious diseases to save 4 million lives by 2015 and 10 million lives by 2020, saying it was the best possible investment in global health.

13 May 2011

Multilateral partnerships help protect children from deadly diseases

Source: ONE

John Wecker, director of Vaccine Access and Delivery at PATH, calls for multilaterism in action to help protect children from deadly diseases.

13 May 2011

Is cash on delivery the future for aid?

Source: The Guardian | Poverty Matters Blog

Results-based aid is a welcome innovation, but the problem about what to do when targets aren't met is profound.

13 May 2011

A Lifeline For Children in Africa

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | John Wecker blog

At the end of African Vaccination Week, last week, top health officials in Sudan held a press conference in which they announced their intention to introduce, on a nationwide scale, a vaccine against rotavirus - the most deadly cause of severe and fatal diarrhea.While this news story did not garner international headlines, it should have. The vaccine announcement heralds a lifeline that will hopefully soon extend to children across the African continent.

11 May 2011

Saving Lives With Immunization

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Margaret Chan blog

As a public health expert, I reflect often on how this can be done. Diseases have plagued mankind for millennia but the human race has fought back with ingenuity. It was Edward Jenner's innovation in 1796 that gave us the strongest public health tool that we have ever possessed: the vaccine.

11 May 2011

PATH Meningitis Vaccine Gets $100M

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

The GAVI Alliance, the Geneva, Switzerland-based global health organization, said today it has committed $100 million to support the use of a meningitis vaccine developed by Seattle-based PATH. The vaccine, MenAfriVac, was developed through a $70 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a 10 year development effort. It has been widely used in recent months in Burkina Faso, and now GAVI said it wants to further disseminate it in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria. For more of the background on the meningitis vaccine effort, check this feature I wrote back in December.

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