Think Tanks et al

Think Tanks et al

Center for Global Development
Accessed 19 August 2017
Implementing Clinical Trials during Epidemics: The Ebola Experience
The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic broke out and affected thousands of people at a time when there were no medicines approved to treat or prevent Ebola. Poor infrastructure, capacity gaps, widespread mistrust, and disagreements over the design and ethical nature of any clinical trials complicated efforts to conduct research on investigational drugs and vaccines. In the wake of the outbreak, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine tasked a committee with analyzing the clinical trials carried out during the outbreak and developing recommendations to improve the implementation of such trials in the future. In this session, committee members Gerald Keusch and David Peters will discuss findings from the committee’s recently released report and the kind of governance structures that need to be in place for effective international coordination and collaboration.

Accessed 19 August 2017
What are the barriers to reaching children with immunizations?
August 11, 2017 – Podcast
Recent World Health Organization and UNICEF data reveal that one in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccines in 2016. Vaccines are considered one of the most effective and cost effective public health tools. Yet, despite new focus on building immunization systems that can routinely reach all the world’s children with this potentially lifesaving intervention, many gaps remain. We asked Dr. Jon Kim Andrus, Adjunct Professor and Senior Investigator in the Division of Vaccines and Immunization at the University of Colorado, and Lora Shimp, Senior Immunization Technical Expert and Specialist in Communication and Behavior Change with John Snow, Inc., to reflect on what is being done to improve immunization systems, and why vaccinating children has been so difficult in some areas.
Hosted by Nellie Bristol. Produced by Cathryn Streifel. Edited by Ribka Gemilangsari.