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.

One year ago at the GAVI Alliance pledge conference, partners exceeded expectations by pledging $4.3 billion dollars.

Dr. de Quadros and Hotez featured in Vaccine special supplement!

XIX Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

The XIX Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was held from July 6-8, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Experts from the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) gathered to acknowledge great strides made in vaccine development and distribution, along with discussing next steps for future success.

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