Blog: Vaccines

Five things you didn’t know about the search for a HIV Vaccine

18 May 2015

[caption id="attachment_15776" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Archbishop Desmond Tutu gets an HIV test[/caption] Developing an HIV vaccine is one of the greatest scientific challenges in history. Leading scientists have dedicated their careers to breaking this enigma -...

Imagine a world without Polio

30 April 2015

In the fifth and final blog from our World Immunisation Week series, Jim Calverley, Parliamentary Advocacy Officer (Child Health) at RESULTS UK discusses the prospects of eradicating Polio. Until a few short months ago, I was a solicitor, working in a busy London law firm. I knew very little about Polio but I did know that I had been immunised against it as a child. That is apt because this highly infectious, viral disease mainly affects children under the age of 5. Whilst the...

In the Fight Against the World’s Deadliest Diseases, It’s Time to Take the Next Step

29 April 2015

This blog post from Taryn Russell, Campaigns Officer - Child Health and Vaccines at RESULTS Canada , is the fourth in our World Immunisation Week series on “Closing the Gap on Immunisations”. Stay tuned for more posts from our ACTION partners around the world! For 3,000 years smallpox was one of the world’s most feared diseases. The virus...

Measles: From Washington to Lagos via Berlin - no passport required

28 April 2015

The third blog in our World Immunisation Week series comes from Vanessa Boas, European Advocacy Officer from Global Health Advocates. Measles moves fast. The highly contagious virus can strike anywhere at any time, be it in Nigerian refugee camps or California’s Disneyland. Measles does not distinguish between rich and poor; instead, it seeks out the vulnerable – like infants below the minimum vaccination age, or those who skipped routine vaccinations. The...

Committed to vaccines

27 April 2015

This blog post by Jeremy Brennan, RESULTS Australia’s Global Health Campaign Manager, is the second in our World Immunisation Week series on “Closing the Gap on immunisations". In today’s Australia, government funded Medicare gives all Australians access to lifesaving vaccines that so many parents only a couple of generations ago wished they could have had for their children. Imagine what the parents of former Deputy Prime Minister Kim...

What about the fifth child?

24 April 2015

This blog from ACTION Director Hannah Bowen is the first in our world immunisation week series on "closing the gap". Stay tuned for more posts from partners around the world throughout the week. This blog was originally posted on www.action.org . As a child, I learned pretty quickly that Bowen was a lucky last name to be born with. As I dutifully lined up in alphabetical order at school, I was always near the front – first to the playground for recess,...

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