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.

Originally posted by the Coalition Against Tyhphoid. 

Can Forgotten Rubella Children of the '60s Hold Clue for Zika Babies?

Brooklyn, New York (CNN)One side of the bedroom is an explosion of pink, from the hair accessories and dangling trinkets to the stuffed animals and laundry hamper. The other, starting with the fuzzy pillows and puffy comforter, is an ode to purple.

Kim Woodford is the pink aficionado in this well-kept townhome in Brooklyn. She's 51 and believes in Santa. Her roommate, Darvena Idlet, is the same age; they've lived together for about 45 years.

09.07.16 to 09.09.16
Melbourne, Australia

Experts Gather to Honor a Decade of Progress to End Child Deaths from Rotavirus

Melbourne, Australia — September 7, 2016 — Beginning today, the 12th International Rotavirus Symposium will bring together hundreds of stakeholders from over 50 countries to provide an update on new data and research that will inform public health agendas related to prevention of rotavirus gastroenteritis, the leading cause of severe diarrhea in children worldwide.

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.

Experts in Dengue Control Form New Alliance to Bridge Vaccine and Vector Approaches and Expand Efforts to Zika and other Aedes-Transmitted Diseases

Mexico City, Mexico – August 31, 2016 – Today, four leading institutions at the forefront of dengue prevention and control—the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) of the Johns Hopkins University, the Partnership for Dengue Control Foundation (PDC) and the Sabin Vaccine Institute—announced a new global alliance to integrate approaches to fight dengue and other Aedes-transmitted diseases under one strategic umbrella. Named the Global Dengue and Aedes-transmitted Diseases Consortium (GDAC), this new partnership will expand its expertise in dengue to other Aedes-transmitted diseases including Zika, chikungunya and yellow fever, responding to the urgent need for coordination in the currently fragmented efforts to control the diseases transmitted by one of the world's most dangerous animals—the Aedes mosquito.