Each year, typhoid kills an estimated 200,000 people, most of whom are children. The burden of typhoid is greatest among those living in poverty throughout Asia and Africa, but the disease has now become a serious threat in destabilized nations in the Middle East.

International efforts to improve dengue communication and advocacy have increased over the last years, as dengue becomes one of the fastest spreading vector-borne diseases.

Photo: Hon. Elene Tine, Senegalese Parliamentarian and Parliamentary Coalition President at the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Photo courtesy of DFA/WHO

Immunization programs all over the world face tight budgets and limited resources. This means that immunization managers, who are responsible for managing and integrating all elements of the program, don’t always get the necessary training and professional support.

Sabin President Peter Hotez Testifies at House Hearings on Zika, Infectious Diseases

Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., president of Sabin, testified this week at two congressional hearings: the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, “Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus”; and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on “The Growing Threat of Cholera and Other Diseases in the Middle East.”

The first Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference brought together government officials, advocates, religious leaders and partner organizations from across the continent, with ministry speakers from a dozen African countries.

In June 2015, immunization officials from Senegal, Mali and Cameroon came together in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss expenditure tracking mechanisms used by countries to improve budget accountability for immunization.

Today, Health Affairs released its February 2016 issue, focusing on the complex series of events leading to the development, purchase and eventual delivery of vaccines.

Statement on the World Health Organization’s Declaration of a Public Health Emergency International Concern for Zika Virus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feb. 8, 2016 — On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, declared Zika a Public Health Emergency International Concern (PHEIC), because of growing concerns of the suspected association between Zika and the rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications in newborn babies.

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