Typhoid is a disease that strikes the most vulnerable, and refugees are no exception. This autumn, flooding and rains have ushered in outbreaks of typhoid and other diseases in two refugee camps in South Sudan and North Darfur.
This last week, the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) published their highly anticipated report on global health technologies. Their report addressed some challenges of ensuring that medical innovations reach underserved populations, a topic central to Sabin’s mission. Specifically, the report gives recommendations for resolving policy incoherencies between public health objectives, human rights principles and international trade regulations.

While much progress has been made globally in reaching the public with immunizations, one in five children across the world still do not have access to routine immunizations.

One year ago, tasked with the mission of uplifting societies around the world, the United Nations Development Program created a call to action known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight poverty and promote sustainable peace and prosperity for all. These Global Goals, as they’re also known, identify targets for a variety of focus areas to be met by 2030. CaT recognizes that effective typhoid prevention and control, through vaccines and improved water and sanitation infrastructure, is a critical piece of these goals’ successes.
With just under two months until Election Day, this year’s presidential candidates are in full campaign mode, crisscrossing the country to reach as many voters as possible before they head to the polls on November 8. The candidates have long detailed their positions on major issues such as the economy, foreign policy and healthcare, but numerous policies are still under development – including many surrounding today’s most important science-based issues.
The annual meeting of the Health Ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) countries took place from September 11-12, 2016, in Kobe, Japan. The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) was pleased to see the G7 Health Ministers Kobe Communiqué reiterate a continued emphasis on strengthening efforts to control infectious diseases through international cooperation. As the Health Ministers concluded, “Health is the foundation of human security…We are determined to commit to a healthier world, where all people can receive the basic quality services they need, and are protected from public health threats.”
Meet Yadav. A 27-year-old lab assistant in Gurgaon, India, Yadav is remarkably conscientious about avoiding diseases transmitted through contaminated food and water. He cooks at home to avoid eating food bought on the street, where the risk of transmission is much higher. He drinks filtered water, and washes his hands with soap on a regular basis.
During my many years as a diplomat, I saw firsthand how the power of collective action can be extraordinarily important in shaping momentous changes. A few examples include: the creation of the PEPFAR program to combat HIV/AIDS, the accelerated response to terrorism following the East African embassy bombings, effective international coordination to tackle the SARS and avian flu threats, and the constructive collaboration between the United States and Vietnam on the issue of Agent Orange.
The abuse and misuse of antibiotics has led to the creation of bacterial strains that are resistant to standard medication, requiring more expensive and risky treatments for some diseases. Typhoid, a bacterial infection transmitted through contaminated food and water, is one of those diseases.

Each year, the Sabin Vaccine Institute awards the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award to an individual or small team that has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field.