This week saw International Day of the Girl Child inspire organisations worldwide to redouble their efforts to support girls and the challenges they face to health and education. This included the announcement of a new partnership between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and Girl Effect to help boost demand for HPV vaccination – which helps prevent cervical cancer – in sub-Saharan Africa.
An innovative and collaborative medical delivery project started in Rwanda, as California-based drone company Zipline started a trial of drone services to get key medical products – including blood and vaccines – to remote parts of the countryside.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, there continued to be serious concerns about the risk of cholera outbreaks in Haiti. In response, WHO and a range of partners agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to help control the disease.
On the ground in West Africa, the campaign to eradicate push the Nigeria and surrounding areas carried on, with the latest wave of vaccination outreach targeting 41 million children.