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São Paulo, Brazil
For more than a decade, people around the world have celebrated public health successes in reducing the burden of polio on October 24th.

DoV Collaboration Leadership commits to making DoV vision a reality

This pledge proclaims the commitment by the Decade of Vaccines Collaboration Leadership Council to make the vision of the Decade of Vaccines a reality through the implementation of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). This pledge also shows the DoV Collaboration's commitment to the principles of Every Woman Every Child.
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Experts Convene to Address Major Cause of Childhood Illness and Death

September 21, 2012

10th International Rotavirus Symposium Kicks Off in Bangkok

BANGKOK, Thailand – September 21, 2012 – This week, more than 350 leading scientific, public and private sector experts convened to discuss progress and next steps in reducing the global incidence of rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children worldwide. Rotavirus takes the lives of approximately 188,000 Asian children under five each year.

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Education

Through trainings and workshops, Sabin educates leaders from national governments, the private sector, media and civil society organizations on the value of immunization and encourages collaboration among all development partners on vaccine issues. Each year, in addition to the symposia series that Sabin coordinates on diseases such as pneumococcal disease and rotavirus, Sabin organizes conferences and peer exchanges on immunization that bring together key stakeholders in order to improve global awareness, access, policy and action.

Rubella and CRS Global Advocacy

Rubella, also known as German Measles, is an often mild disease whose symptoms can range from a fever and rash to signs too mild to detect.  When contracted by a pregnant woman in her first 20 weeks, however, rubella can lead to Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) in the fetus, and the effects can be devastating. The disease can cause severe growth and mental retardation, deafness and other developmental problems when the fetus becomes infected. Though the burden of CRS is not well documented, the WHO estimates that in developing countries alone 100,000 cases of CRS occur each year.

ProVac International Working Group

As health sector budgets grow slowly and the menu of health interventions expands, resources are being allocated more prudently and competing options must be considered carefully. Making evidence-based decisions about vaccine introduction now requires competencies beyond those traditionally found in many National Immunization Programs (NIPs). Decision makers increasingly require economic analysis to support decision-making for new vaccines, in addition to epidemiologic, logistical, and financial data.

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. Pneumococcus can cause many different illnesses, ranging from sepsis to more serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia and meningitis. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, which is transmitted through the saliva or mucus of infected individuals, but infants, the elderly and individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.

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