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Seth Berkley is CEO, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), which gave a record $165 million to India to induct the pentavalent vaccine into the universal immunisation programme. Penta combines protection against DPT, Hepatitis B and, for the first time, Hib, the leading cause...

Pushpa Narayan, The Times of India CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government will soon pay mothers who get their newborns vaccinated as per the immunization schedule. Under the Muthulakshmi Reddy Scheme, each pregnant woman will get a smart card with her medical details. The health department will deposit...

UN News Centre 1 August 2011 – The United Nations and its partners are promoting the use of all possible means of communication, including social networking, blogs and even flash mobs, to get the message out on the benefits of breastfeeding beyond clinics and delivery rooms...

NPR News New Zealand is experiencing the largest outbreak of measles in over a decade. Public health officials there say the virus is spreading faster than they can quarantine the infected. In England and Wales, officials report more measles cases so far this year than in...

Sarah Boseley, Guardian.co.uk Around 40 million children under the age of five live in what Save the Children is calling "healthcare deserts", according to its new report. They don't get basic vaccines as babies and there is no health worker on hand to supply the oral...

Adam Nossiter, The New York Times WATERLOO, Sierra Leone — The paramedic’s eyes were bloodshot, his features drawn. Pregnant women jammed into the darkened concrete bunker, just as they had yesterday and would tomorrow. The increase in patients had been fivefold, or tenfold. The exhausted paramedic...

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