Legislation

Even if political will exists, legislative guarantees of publicly provided vaccination are sometimes lacking or insufficient, and few countries have up-to-date legislation. Ideally, a vaccination law should contain a range of provisions, including means of EPI financing, vaccine procurement mechanisms, vaccination regulations.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s southwestern city of Matadi, a review of the country’s Comprehensive Multi-Year Plan (cMYP) for immunization for 2011-2015 took place from August 20-25.

Dengue Vaccine Initiative

Sabin is part of the Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI), a consortium of organizations working to lay the groundwork for dengue vaccine introduction in endemic areas so that, once licensed, vaccines to prevent dengue will be swiftly adopted. A collaboration between Sabin, the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins University (IVAC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), DVI works to support improved diagnosis, surveillance and development of vaccines to control dengue. 

Cambodia

Health system and EPI Program

In 1996, following decades of civil war, Cambodia undertook to reform its healthcare system.

Public health services are delivered through 76 health districts. The districts, which do not correspond to political jurisdictions, prepare annual plans and administer 930 health centers. A cadre of supervisors links the central level with 24 provincial health departments.

A debate is emerging about the potential use of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to combat dengue in the United States and in other countries around the world. Most recently, news out of Brazil indicated that the country plans to breed GM mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held a special event yesterday on World Hepatitis Day, recognizing three-time GRAMMY award winner Jon Secada for his work to bring about hepatitis awareness in the Americas. During the event, Jon Secada spoke about his personal experience losing his father to hepatitis C last year. He also spoke of his commitment to educating people in the Americas on the hepatitis viruses throughout his career and through the organization- along with Gregg Allman and Natalie Cole- “Tune In to Hep C”.
Brazil’s health ministry recently announced its plan to breed genetically modified mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever. According to news reports, scientists are focusing intensely on mosquito control because there is currently no vaccine to protect against dengue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced its development of a new diagnostic test to detect the presence of the dengue virus.

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