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No epidemic has been ended without a vaccine

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Today is International HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

Despite the progress that has been made to date, HIV remains one of the deadliest infectious killers: in 2014 the epidemic killed 1.2 million people, while a further 2 million contracted HIV. It is clear there is a long way to go before...

Polio returns to Nigeria

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11 August 2016 would have marked two years since the last case of polio on the African continent. Shortly before what was gearing up to be a landmark date, wild poliovirus was detected in two children from the north eastern state of Borno, Nigeria. The area has seen conflict and insecurity in...

Are we making progress on immunisation equity?

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Last month, the WHO released the official vaccine coverage figures for 2015. Not quite ground breaking news, but for a geeky vaccines policy officer like me this is a day to look forward to. The data tells us how many children missed out on vaccines, providing a statistical update on global...

Reflections on immunisation in Uganda

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Sat on a mother’s lap under a tree, a baby cries out loudly and sharply. He doesn't care about the surrounding crowd or the other twenty babies waiting and watching with their mothers. The most important thing he doesn't know or care about right then is that his life has just been changed...

Polio: the only way is eradication

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On World Polio Day, Jim Calverley looks at recent developments in the fight against polio and warns against complacency.

The 3 recent cases of polio in the north eastern state of Borno, Nigeria serve as a timely reminder. A reminder that, not only is the polio eradication programme...

Political Leadership for Immunisation: The Addis Declaration on Immunisation One Year On

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Conferences. How many have you been to which were boring and pointless? All too often you will meet like-minded people, maybe make some useful connections through networking, have some nice chats, and drink a lot of tea and coffee.

Attending a conference can be a useful way to develop...

January conference call recording now available

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A recording of the January grassroots conference call is now available to download here .

With only 3 countries in the world – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan – recording polio cases last year, there is real hope in 2017 that the disease can...

The Value of Vaccines

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Children shouldn’t die from preventable diseases. Especially not from diseases which we have vaccines which we know can prevent children suffering from diseases such as polio and measles. Vaccines save lives and are one of the best buys in public health.

I would say that though, it’s my...

Owning It

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“No child should be denied the right to highly effective preventive interventions for unfair reasons, including economic and social causes. All barriers must be overcome” – Margaret Chan, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General [1]

How do countries overcome the barriers and...

Polio video conference call now online

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Polio is endemic in only three countries in the world - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ending the disease forever is truly within our grasp - if we can eradicate it everywhere, including the most remote, insecure and hardest to access locations.

Jim Calverley, RESULTS UK's...

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