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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...

Good news from GAVI – the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. The price of the combined vaccine that protects small babies in poor countries against five major killer diseases – diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, Hib and hepatitis B – is coming down. An "emerging...

Food writers at this time of year are always looking for a new angle on Thanksgiving. The reality is that most people have family traditions for the holidays and stick to them. They may opt for a new side dish, but not a radically different...

The GAVI Alliance has issued a new call for applications from developing countries keen to protect more of their children from disease with new vaccines. The GAVI Alliance has opened the new application round in anticipation of continuing strong support from its donors, which currently include,...

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