Pneumococcal disease is little known, but deadly to more young children worldwide, than AIDS, malaria and measles.
Orin Levine from the Bloomberg School of Public Health says the bacterial infection is a neglected and preventable child killer.
A vaccine that fights pneumonia and other diseases could save the lives of thousands of children each year in Latin America, but high costs have kept it from those who need it, a researcher told a congress of health professionals Thursday.
NEW CANAAN, CT, January 30, 2006—The Board of Trustees of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) announced personnel changes made to strengthen the Institute’s efforts in the area of cancer vaccines. At a January 12 meeting in New York, the Board elected Axel Hoos, MD, PhD, as a trustee and approved the appointment of Robert Allen, MD, as vice president for cancer programs.
Achieving success in the global fight against the "big three" diseases-HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, which together account for 5.6 million deaths a year-may well require a concurrent attack on the world's most neglected tropical diseases, says a team of researchers in the international open access journal PLoS Medicine.