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In October 1977, in the country of Somalia, a young man named Ali Maow Maalin contracted the world's last case of naturally occurring smallpox. By not passing the disease to any other person he broke the chain of transmission that had existed from the...

Public health triumphs like this don't come along every day. An array of public and private health groups is launching a cheap new vaccine against bacterial meningitis the first ever designed for Africa. Before now, vaccines and most other medicines have been developed for wealthy markets...

Meningitis is an awful disease. It comes on suddenly, kills frequently, disables its survivors for life, and devastates families economically and emotionally. When it occurs in epidemics, as it does frequently in Africa's "Meningitis Belt", it has the power to disrupt entire communities and health...

In a region with some of the world’s worst indicators for maternal and child mortality, Rwanda is working hard to ensure mothers and their children have access to life-saving medical interventions. “I applaud the government of Rwanda for its efforts to ensure that you and your...

A new plan’s been announced to immunize 240 million additional children in developing countries over the next five years. However, the project depends on raising billions of dollars in funding. The GAVI Alliance, a Geneva-based public private partnership, says millions of lives could be saved....

There seems to be a day for everything these days but I think that the 12th of November is particularly important to highlight as pneumonia is one of those diseases that slips through the cracks, and yet most of the deaths from this disease are...

The Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday launched a one-week health campaign aimed at improving the health of mothers and children and intends to distribute several types of vaccines to 5.8 million children across the country. This was announced by the Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Sezibera,...

The Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization, co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will create an advocacy group to raise $3.7 billion amid reduced donor contributions following the global financial crisis. The group is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2011 and...

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