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This article was originally posted on shotatlife.org on December 12, 2018 [caption id="attachment_11379" align="alignleft" width="600"] Children take a short break at their Mekong river island school near Pakse, Laos. These children go to school in an area called "the Four Thousand Islands." Laos has steadily improved...

Authored by Dr Kate O’Brien, Executive Director of the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), and Professor of International Health and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gavi/2013/Adrian Brooks When it comes to stopping childhood pneumonia, the odds are stacked against the poor and vulnerable;...

[caption id="attachment_11263" align="alignleft" width="568"] Vaccines can be an important entry point for children and families to the rest of the primary healthcare system Image: REUTERS/Nicky Loh[/caption] By Keith Klugman When I completed my medical degree in South Africa in 1981, the country had one of the highest...

[caption id="attachment_11260" align="alignleft" width="620"] Lydie stock / stock.adobe.com[/caption] By Professor Ger Rijkers Every year, pneumonia affects millions of the most vulnerable people in our society. But although the most high profile cases often involve elderly celebrities, pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death for children...

Report finds inequity may slow progress in preventing child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths. Authors at the International Vaccine Access Center call on the global community to collect better data and target communities of greatest need. A new report finds health systems are falling woefully short of ensuring the most...

[caption id="attachment_11242" align="alignleft" width="469"] Tools to fight pneumonia, in orange, and tools to treat diarrhea, in dark blue, are simple and cost-effective. As this graphic demonstrates, there is significant overlap in the tools that prevent both illnesses.[/caption] Anthony Okoth, Country Director, PATH office in Kenya It is...

[caption id="attachment_11191" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Current vaccines and treatments save lives, but families need more options to fight pneumonia. Could new vaccines in the pipeline be game changers for defending young children from major causes of pneumonia? Photo: PATH/Lauren Newhouse[/caption] New vaccines on the horizon, if successful,...

Much of the morbidity and mortality due to pneumonia represent shortcomings at multiple levels of fragmented health systems that forces families to spend out-of-pocket and without assuring quality care.  Here is a look at some of the basic components of UHC and current health system...

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