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Against the odds: how Haiti is taking back ownership of its immunisation programme

Anuradha Gupta, DCEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance For years, the odds have been stacked against improvements to Haiti’s struggling health care system. On my recent visit to one of the world’s poorest countries, I witnessed firsthand the human suffering left by decades of political instability, social deprivation and a seemingly endless wave of hurricanes, tropical storms and...

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Making a roaring success of immunisation in Indonesia

Around the world, there is a vast network of volunteers working directly with children and their families to support immunisation, alongside official health providers. These “Lions” – members and leaders of the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) – play a unique role as a bridge between the community and the government, WHO, UNICEF, civic leaders, clergy, and other partners involved in helping many kinds of vaccines work.

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Malawi’s Lions build trust to tackle measles & rubella

Maike Bildhauer, Media & Communications Consultant

In June this year the government of Malawi, UNICEF and WHO conducted nationwide immunisation campaign to protect children from measles and rubella. Nearly 8 million children were to receive the vaccine – a major target which could not have been achieved without massive social mobilisation.

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: six reasons why immunisation matters

Kristen Kelleher, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance This week the world comes together in New York to check on progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One year after the international community agreed on a set of clear targets to end poverty and create a peaceful, prosperous globe by 2030, a High-level Political Forum will assess how governments are tackling poverty, hunger, poor health and gender inequality....

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The women who made modern vaccines work

Have you heard of Edward Jenner, the inventor of the modern vaccine? Or Jonas Salk, whose polio vaccine was a turning point in the fight against this debilitating disease? If you know something about global health, you’ve probably heard of these vaccine...

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