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Ciro de Quadros Vaccinology Course

In recent years mass vaccination campaigns in Latin America have resulted in significant progress in improving health throughout the region, including the eradication and elimination of polio, measles and rubella in the Americas.  Many countries are looking to expand vaccination coverage and introduce new vaccines, such as those against hepatitis B, Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib), rotavirus, human papilloma virus (HPV) and pneumococcal disease.

Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Sabin’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, has led and implemented some of the most successful immunization campaigns in the history of public health.

How purchasing power can help prevent child deaths: lessons for Asia from the Americas

In an article published today on Reuters, Sabin Executive Vice President Dr. Ciro de Quadros and Tony Nelson of the ROTA Council describe how actions taken by Latin American countries to protect children from rotavirus, the leading cause of diarhea hospitalizations and deaths, could be used in other regions of the world severely impacted by this killer disease of children.

The number of polio cases has plummeted in the last 25 years, from 300,000 to less than 300. Even so, last May the World Health Organization declared that global eradication of polio, reaching that last 0.1 percent, was a “programmatic emergency for global public health.”

When discussing public health campaigns and disease prevention, most people want to immediately jump to the solution – we want a vaccine, a cure, a narrative – so we can stop the cycle of disease and suffering. But we must remember to crawl before we walk, and this cliché could not ring more true than in the world of disease monitoring and surveillance, particularly for a disease like pneumococcal, a deadly bacterial infection that kills more than 1.6 million people annually, including half a million children.

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