India Launches Massive Public Health Campaign to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

WASHINGTON, D.C. — January 14, 2015 — India was certified polio-free in 2014. Today, the country has its sights set on another public health victory: the elimination of lymphatic filariasis, a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that threatens nearly half of its population. To meet this ambitious goal, the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW) has launched one of the largest public health campaigns in India’s history to provide more than 400 million people with free medication that could protect them from lymphatic filariasis.

Coalition against Typhoid Awarded Funding to Advance Surveillance of Typhoid and Paratyphoid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 16, 2014 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute, through the Coalition against Typhoid (CaT) Secretariat, announced today that it has received an award of approximately US$ 5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the establishment of an Asia regional enteric fever surveillance network. The network will enable the systematic collection of data in order to fill knowledge gaps on the impact of severe typhoid and paratyphoid — diseases collectively referred to as enteric fever.

Axel Hoos, MD, PhD, Appointed as Interim Chairman of the Sabin Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — December 10, 2014 — The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) today announced that its Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Axel Hoos, MD, PhD, to serve as the interim Chairman of the Board. Building upon the past successes of late Chairman Morton P. Hyman, Dr. Hoos will be instrumental to providing continuity to the institute and to Sabin’s efforts in launching new programs, clinical trials and advocacy campaigns around the world.