Tag: africa

In Photos: Rwanda’s Vaccine Success Story

Miranda Youn, Shot@Life Engagement Intern In recent years, close collaboration between the United Nations, international partners and governments, and the Rwandan government have produced a dramatic advancement in childhood health. Rwanda’s 90.1% vaccination coverage rate is one of the highest in Sub-Saharan...

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Getting life-saving medicines from the sky

A medical drone on a test flight in Rwanda. Photo: UPS. Kevin Etter, UPS, and Moz Siddiqui, Gavi The Rwandan government will soon use drones to deliver life-saving blood supplies and rabies vaccines to health workers in the western half of the East African...

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@Vaccines Supply Chain in Nigeria

This week, @Vaccines is curated by Umeh Chukwunonso, a public health expert from Nigeria, who is passionate about improving lives and preventing disease through effective use of vaccines. Chukwunonso has played a key role in training community health workers in Nigeria during the roll-out of several vaccines, including the five-in-one (2012), pneumococcal (2014) and inactivated polio vaccines...

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STEP-ping up to share skills and save lives

Emily Loud, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “There is a lot to manage to make sure children are vaccinated in Kenya. With hard to reach areas, inadequate transport and high turnover of workers, I used to wonder how we were going to keep everything going.” In her work as a community nurse, Lucy Wanjiku saw the damage done by preventable diseases, and wanted to do something about...

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