Did you know that every minute, a child goes blind? Or that 80 percent of global blindness is preventable? This October 13 is World Sight Day, a day established to shed light on the impact of blindness and to raise awareness around the steps we can take to prevent it.
Across the globe, there are 200 million people at risk of trachoma, a preventable, blinding infectious disease. More than three million people are in need of immediate surgery to avoid blindness due to trichiasis, a manifestation of trachoma that causes eyelashes to turn inward, scraping the cornea with each blink. We blink 19,000 times a day
The current generation of vaccines against rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrheal disease in children under five years old, was introduced just a decade ago. In the intervening years, 81 countries have implemented rotavirus vaccination to prevent diarrheal disease.
This past summer, I had the incredible privilege of interning with the Resource Development team at the Sabin Vaccine Institute. As someone who is passionate about global health equity, I was excited to learn more about what it means to work at non-profit within the global health field. Looking back on my experience, I am so thankful that I had the opportunity at work at Sabin and support its mission to alleviate needless human suffering from vaccine preventable and neglected tropical diseases.
Since the administration of the first vaccine, immunization policy has evolved to better meet public health needs around the world. This evolution is most apparent when considering immunization policy in developing countries over the past 50 years.
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.
Beijing, China — September 22, 2016 — The International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM), based at the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin), today began its first-ever regional meeting for members from Asia and the Pacific in Beijing, China.