In the week of International Women’s Day, the Global Health 50/50 report explored how organisations in the field performed on gender equality, naming Gavi, Global Fund and only a few others as the highest scorers. Overall, the review warned that global health organisations weren’t promoting gender equality well enough. Kristalina Georgieva and Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala describe how closing the gender gap helps the planet and the economy, and Gavi explained how breaking gender barriers can increase immunisation coverage.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) awarded their first contract this week for the development of vaccines against Lassa fever and MERS. Meanwhile, the “unprecedented” Lassa fever outbreak continued in Nigeria, highlighting the need for more research and a greater understanding of the role of climate change in its spread. At the same time this week, Nigeria’s immunisation challenges and the need for political commitment were in the headlines in response to a Gavi visit.
In the future, could outbreaks like these be forecasted as predictably as the weather? Nature discussed the power of big data in infection forecasting, while Seth Berkley highlighted diagnostics as a blind spot in epidemic preparedness.