Vaccines and Global Health: The Week in Review 31 May 2014

Vaccines and Global Health: The Week in Review is a weekly digest — summarizing news, events, announcements, peer-reviewed articles and research in the global vaccine ethics and policy space. Content is aggregated from key governmental, NGO, international organization and industry sources, key peer-reviewed journals, and other media channels. This summary proceeds from the broad base of themes and issues monitored by the Center for Vaccine Ethics & Policy in its work: it is not intended to be exhaustive in its coverage. You are viewing the blog version of our weekly digest, typically comprised of between 30 and 40 posts below all dated with the current issue date

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David R. Curry, MS
Executive Director
Center for Vaccine Ethics and Policy
a program of the
– Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Medical School
– The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center
– Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
Associate Faculty, Division of Medical Ethics, NYU Medical School

Sabin Vaccine Institute: …on the passing of Ciro de Quadros, MD, its Executive Vice President

Sabin Vaccine Institute: …on the passing of Ciro de Quadros, MD, its Executive Vice President
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a public health hero and the Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Executive Vice President and Director of Vaccine Advocacy and Education, passed away peacefully yesterday at his home in Washington, DC, surrounded by his family.
:: To learn more about Ciro’s life and career, click here.
:: Statements from Sabin’s executive leadership team can be found here, and Sabin invites you to share your own memories of Ciro on the Sabin website.
:: Please see additional statements and memoriams here:
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Ministry of Health of Mexico
Ministry of Health of Argentina

CDC/MMWR Watch [to 31 May 2014]

CDC/MMWR Watch [to 31 May 2014]
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_wk.html

CDC Press Release: Measles cases in the United States reach 20-year high
May 29, 2014
CDC urges vaccination as summer travel season approaches
Excerpt
Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014. This is the largest number of measles cases in the United States reported in the first five months of a year since 1994. Nearly all of the measles cases this year have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people.
“The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who got measles in other countries, brought the virus back to the United States and spread to others in communities where many people are not vaccinated,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general and director of CDC’s National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. “Many of the clusters in the U.S. began following travel to the Philippines where a large outbreak has been occurring since October 2013.”
Of the 288 cases, 280 (97 percent) were associated with importations from at least 18 countries. More than one in seven cases has led to hospitalization. Ninety percent of all measles cases in the United States were in people who were not vaccinated or whose vaccination status was unknown. Among the U.S. residents who were not vaccinated, 85 percent were religious, philosophical or personal reasons…

GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 28 May 2014

GPEI Update: Polio this week – As of 28 May 2014
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
Editor’s Excerpt – Full report: http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx
:: A case of polio due to wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week from Iraq, the second child to be paralyzed by polio in the country since the beginning of the Middle East outbreak last year. Countries are currently implementing the second phase of the regional outbreak response. A targeted mop-up campaign is currently ongoing in the area where the two cases in Iraq were found…
Pakistan
:: One new WPV1 case was reported in the past week from FR Bannu, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), with onset of paralysis on 2 May. The total number of WPV1 cases reported from Pakistan for 2014 is 67…
Middle East
:: A case of polio due to wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported last week from Mada’in district in Baghdad-Resafa province, Iraq, with onset of paralysis on 7 April. This is the second child to be paralyzed by polio in the country since the beginning of the Middle East outbreak last year. A targeted mop-up campaign is currently ongoing in the area where the two cases in Iraq were found.
:: The total number of WPV1 cases reported from the Middle East is 38. In Syria, 36 cases are reported (35 in 2013 and 1 in 2014) with the most recent date of onset of paralyses on 21 January…

UN Secretary-General champions GAVI’s life-saving mission

GAVI Watch [to 31 May 2014]
http://www.gavialliance.org/library/news/press-releases/

:: Latest News: UN Secretary-General champions GAVI’s life-saving mission
Ban Ki-moon emphasizes investment in vaccines as key to achieving UN Millennium Development Goals
Excerpt
Toronto, Canada, 30 May 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has agreed to become a champion of the GAVI Alliance, supporting its mission to save children’s lives and protect people’s health by increasing access to immunisation.
He made the announcement during the high-level summit “Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach,” emphasising his commitment to women and children’s health globally.
“I am proud to support the GAVI Alliance,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Immunisation continues to be an essential tool in moving us toward the UN Millennium Development Goals. An investment in immunisation is an investment in the health of all the world’s children, in our collective future. A successful replenishment of the GAVI Alliance is critical to the efforts of the Every Woman Every Child movement to improve the health of women and children around the world.”…

UNICEF Watch [to 31 May 2014]

UNICEF Watch [to 31 May 2014]
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_71724.html

:: UNICEF, UNFPA stand behind Africa’s biggest anti child marriage push
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 29 May 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.
:: Preventing newborn deaths must be a global priority: UNICEF
TORONTO, 29 May 2014 – Every minute, 10 babies die or are stillborn across the world, a staggering 5.5 million lives ended every year just as they start. The majority of those deaths are from preventable causes, including prematurity, childbirth complications and newborn infections.