Stories: Vaccines

  • Getting Vaccines Where Kids Need Them Most

    Vaccines ensure kids like these cheeky young boys can be healthy and thrive beyond their fifth birthdays. Vaccines in Mozambique are manufactured overseas and shipped to a national warehouse for distribution around the country in giant coolers. Extensive testing of vaccines and the diseases they prevent is done out of the Manhiça Health Research Centre. Here,...

  • Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls

    Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that is widening an already gapping gender divide in some of the globe’s poorest countries. Women wait outside...

  • The Global Epidemic of TB

    A few weeks back, I shared with you of the first episode of a series of videos about the persistent and rising problem of the global epidemic of TB. Since then, the three final episodes have been released. In February, I was in India with the International Reporting Project to look at issues of child survival, and saw, first...

  • Vaccination in Nigeria: Victory Path with Pending Challenges…

    Ada’s vaccination scare The baby wailed and stretched his leg in pain as the nurse administered the vaccine. The health peronnel around consoled both mother and child, encouraging them that the reaction happens in rare cases. The baby they assured would overcome the pain in no time. Seconds, minutes and hours later Ada’s one month baby...

  • Could India’s Polio Eradication Success Story Be a Model for Its Other Health Issues?

    Setarah Khatoon was 15 when she left school to marry a boy from India's northeast state of Bihar. She was barely 16 when she had her first miscarriage, and by 20, she'd had two more. So when the mother of one surviving baby girl saw Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan television ads telling parents that just “two drops of medicine...

  • Emergence of Drug-Resistant TB & Funding Impedes Progress to Reduce Infections

    Ban Ki- moon’s message: Two decades ago, the World Health Organization declared tuberculosis a global health emergency and soon after launched a global TB strategy that was eventually adopted by nearly every country. More than 50 million people have since been successfully treated for this highly contagious disease, and 20 million lives saved. The world has already achieved...

  • Vaccines and Immunisation: Don’t Leave a Fifth of the World’s Children Behind

    "The hospitals are filled with children with vaccine preventable diseases.'" --Johanna Sekennes, Médecins Sans Frontières, Head of Mission, Mali The rain’s falling thickly onto the roads in rural eastern Mali, preventing cars from passing and making travel by foot virtually impossible. Yet – as a beautifully shot yet hard-hitting new short film, A...

  • Childhood Vaccines in India

    In 2008, WHO estimated that 1.5 million of deaths among children under 5 years were due to diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccination. This represents 17% of global total mortality in children under 5 years of age. Hygiene, proper nourishment and sanitary conditions make for a healthy community, with lowered incidence of infectious disease, but since much of this is lacking in...

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases in India

    This is the first in a series of five posts leading up to my trip to India to examine issues of child survival with the International Reporting Project via Johns Hopkins University with significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For the duration of the trip, I am to consider my self a New Media Journalist...

  • Polio Comeback: A Sad Lesson From Nigeria

    Saidiku Ali is as buff and sculptured as any athlete. His neck is large and corded with tendons. His shoulders gleam in the harsh morning light as the 25-year-old's muscled arms flex and churn like an oiled machine. But the picture is incomplete. Those beautiful arms end in dirty calloused hands, which are stuffed into cheap plastic sandals. Ali'...