When we last wrote about Singapore’s dengue outbreak just over a month ago, the total number of cases had already reached over 6,000 – more than the number of cases in all of 2012. Last week, Singapore broke the 10,000 mark.

The Role of Immunization Managers

Tremendous gains have been made in immunizations over the last 40 years. Smallpox has been eradicated, poliomyelitis eradication is in sight and progress is being made in measles control. Global immunization coverage for basic vaccines is at its highest, and new vaccines are being added to immunization systems. However, challenges remain and will increase in complexity as new vaccines are added to immunization programs.

IAIM Governing Council

IAIM has a governing body known as the Governing Council, which is composed of individuals from all parts of the world who are either current immunization managers or who have relevant leadership experience in immunizations. The following individuals are the members of the association’s first Governing Council (known as the ad hoc Governing Council):

What do neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have to do with women’s health? A recent review entitled, “Effective Health Interventions for Adolescents That Could Be Integrated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Programs”, has just been published looking at how combining multiple health interventions with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations increases the effectiveness of HPV delivery.

During the first week of May, Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Senior Program Officers Devendra Gnawali and Mariya Savchuk were in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where they met with  counterparts working on immunization financing issues and organized Sabin’s fifth SIF briefing in that country.

In April 2013, an agreement was signed by Sabin and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), making Vietnam the newest Sustainable Immunization Financing (SIF) Program country.  To kick it off, NIHE and Sabin jointly sponsored a subnational briefing in Da Nang on 13 May.

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