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Erica Westly, Scientific American Measles has been all but eradicated in the developed world, but it still claims more than 160,000 lives in developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, has been hit hard in the past few years. A 2009 outbreak in Zimbabwe, for instance, afflicted...

Sarah Boseley, Sarah Boseley's Global Health Blog at Guardian.co.uk Rwanda is today launching a cervical cancer vaccination programme for all its 12 to 15 year-old girls - the first comprehensive national scheme in Africa, where it is so badly needed. Some 275,000 women die from cervical...

Kounteya Sinha, The Times of India NEW DELHI: After years of discussion and a recent promise to Bill Gates, India is now rolling out the country's first pentavalent vaccine. The Union health ministry has written to the governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala — the two states...

Edmund Kagire, AllAfrica.com First Lady Jeannette Kagame is expected to launch a prevention of Cervical Cancer programme today, which will see girls between the age of 11-15 years vaccinated. The programme also targets women between the age of 35-45 years, who will be diagnosed and treated from...

Ramya Kannan, The Hindu CHENNAI: A national rotavirus vaccination programme in India will prevent a substantial number of deaths due to the rotavirus and be highly cost-effective, a recent article in the ‘Clinical Infectious Diseases' journal has recommended. The article by experts in the Centers for Disease...

Malaka Gharib, ONE Blog Today, after months of hinting, we officially launched our vaccines petition, a call for President Obama to fund two proven new vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhea, two of the biggest killers of children in poor countries. To help drive the point home,...

Conan Businge and Juliet Waiswa, New Vision Uganda UGANDA plans to launch three new vaccines to quickly reduce the high death rates caused by malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and other bacteria. One of the vaccines is the RTS,S malaria vaccine for infants of six to 12 weeks of...

UN News Centre 19 April 2011 – In an effort to encourage individuals to help feed tens of thousands of hungry children across the world, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has created a social media platform through which people can share their favourite meals...

Mary Platts, Guardian.co.uk For 17 days, every hour for 15 seconds, a controversial message is being sold to the American public via a CBS billboard in Times Square, New York. A photograph of a mother cradling her naked baby is accompanied by the words: "Vaccines: Know...

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