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  • Reports from the field by Gavi and partner staff members, illustrating the impact 'on the ground' of the Vaccine Alliance's mission to increase access to immunisation in developing countries.

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    Why global health needs a private sector touch

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an important commitment on the world stage a few weeks ago to maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). His was not an idle statement. Canada committed C$3.5 billion to the effort between 2015-2020.

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    Don't wait to vaccinate!

    Civil society organisations in Togo mobilise and motivate rural communities for dual vaccine launch.

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    Continental shift

    On Africa Day, in celebration of 51 years of African Union, the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, looks at the changing role of Africa in global development

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    The private sector imperative for global health

    Africa has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Ten of the top 20 fastest-growing economies in the world are on the continent, which is expected to maintain a 5% growth rate in 2014. With more than 1 billion people, Africa is central to the world’s future prosperity.

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    Investing in vaccines is the right thing and the smart thing to do

    Measles, tetanus, whooping cough ... these childhood vaccines are so readily available in the UK that we take them for granted.

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    A historical milestone in public health

    As a paediatrician, I have encountered at close quarters the dread and panic in parents and children afflicted by polio. I have worked in rehabilitation centres, where I witnessed the despair and pain of those afflicted and their near-ones as the reality of long-term disability sinks in.

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    Rotavirus vaccines reach Cameroon: the end of the long wait

    When I was a paediatrician in charge of the gastroenterology and paediatric nutrition ward at the Centre Mère et Enfant—one of the largest paediatric recruitment centres in Yaoundé and all of Cameroon—severe and fatal diarrhoea was a regular part of my day.

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    #Moms4MDGs cites GAVI as model for global partnerships: MDG 8

    Mention Polio to anyone over the age of seventy and most likely their eyes will grow wide, and they will shake their heads. Try this with your parents or grandparents and you will see what I mean.

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    Visit to Northern Nigeria

    I was happy to be in Sokoto, northern Nigeria last month to see how the introduction of the latest batch of pentavalent vaccines funded by the GAVI Alliance was progressing.

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    Contagious content: the role of social media in global health

    At the end of January we were taught a lesson in the power of social media in global health, as a striking interactive map of vaccine preventable outbreaks since 2008 went, well, viral on Twitter.

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    How vaccines can help prevent cancer and reduce deaths from non-communicable diseases

    Around 16% of all cancer cases in the world are caused by known infectious agents. In sub-Saharan Africa, that proportion rises to one in three cancer cases. Today around 10% of all cancer cases can be prevented with vaccines. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer.

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    How businesses can boost global health

    Each of us has had the privilege of serving for many years as minister of state. Although we come from different parts of the world – one from Senegal, the other from Norway – we share the experience that good government can accomplish great things.

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    Rotavirus vaccine introduced in Mali

    As I watched the historic launch of rotavirus vaccines in Bamako, Mali, yesterday, I was reminded of an anxious time in my life more than a decade ago.

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