A recent expert meeting on typhoid epidemiological modeling, organized by the Coalition against Typhoid, marks one of the first attempts to jolt governments into action against typhoid fever, a disease that is thriving largely unnoticed in many developing countries.

Recent news reports about Brazil indicate rising concerns about the prevalence of dengue in the country. In mid-February, Brazil’s health minister Alexandre Padilha warned of an impending dengue epidemic due to the discovery of a new type of dengue virus (type 4) in the populous city of Rio de Janeiro.

Devendra Gnawali, Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) senior program office, provides an update on SIF activities in Cambodia.

The World Health Organization recently estimated that over 40 percent of the world’s population is now at risk for dengue, a mosquito-born viral infection that can develop into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. As a result, dengue has become a major international public health concern. However, dengue cases are often underreported and monitoring incidents of the disease is challenging. That’s why companies, governmental organizations and concerned citizens are coming up with innovative ways to track dengue outbreaks.

Progress Toward Rubella Elimination and CRS Prevention in Europe Proceedings

Progress Toward Rubella Elimination and CRS prevention in Europe was held 8-10 February, 2012 in Rome, Italy. Over 150 people from 47 countries came together to review the latest developments in the fight against rubella and CRS in Europe. A special session on measles was also convened to review the numerous overlaps in these two areas. Proceedings are now available for download above.

By Jonas Mbwangue
Senior Program Officer, SIF Program

7 Feb Kampala, Uganda - Ten members of parliament (MPs) from the Ugandan National Assembly met today for a Sabin-sponsored briefing on the country's immunization financing. Following a presentation by Sabin Senior Program Officer Diana Kizza Mugenzi, participants discussed advocacy and legislative strategies and agreed to form a core group that will create a parliamentary immunization forum. The MPs will assess immunization program performance in their home districts.

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