September 23, 2008
July 16, 2008
Neglected Diseases of Poverty, More Than Just a Developing Nation Problem
Immunization programs save hundreds of thousands of lives in the developing world, and the introduction of new vaccines will save millions more. As new, more expensive vaccines enter the global market, however, many developing countries are struggling to finance their immunization programs. To address this growing challenge, the Sabin Vaccine Institute has launched its latest initiative: the Advocacy Project for Sustainable Immunization Financing.
Tommy Thompson – A New Global Ambassador
Similar to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (or NTDs) that plague developing nations, neglected infections of poverty exist in the United States and are impairing the physical, emotional and mental development of African American and Hispanic children nationwide. In the June 2008 edition of Public Library of Science’ Neglected Tropical Diseases journal, Dr.
Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) is the second most lethal parasitic worm disease, infecting approximately 207 million people and causing 280,000 deaths annually worldwide. Thanks to generous donations from Mort and Chris Hyman and Mr. Len Blavatnik, trustee at the Blavatnik Charitable Foundation, the Schistosomiasis Vaccine Program is becoming a reality.
Washington (June 23, 2008) – An analysis published today by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases reveals a disturbing trend that diseases similar to the neglec
Global health experts unite to combat the world’s leading infectious killer!
Pneumococcal diseases rank at the top among terminal illnesses causing death in children and adults worldwide. These diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening diseases, result in the death of some 1.6 million people every year worldwide, half of whom are children under the age of five. Convening in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by public health insurance, experts called for global action.
Speaking at the Third Regional Pneumococcal Symposium, Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, cochairman of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), said that the pneumococcus bacteria leading to diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and bacteraemia causes 1.6 million people to die every year, half of whom are children. Dr.