RotaFlash, August 2012

Rotavirus vaccines roll on, with Yemen becoming the latest country -- and the first GAVI-eligible country in the region -- to introduce routine rotavirus immunization.

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On the occasion of the 19th International AIDS Conference, Lisa Schechtman of WaterAid in America covers two taboo topics -- sex and poop -- to show that politeness can be perilous when it comes to important global health issues.

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In2EastAfrica, July 2012

Former US Present Bill Clinton visits Uganda to initiate the implementation of new steps to rapidly increase the use of oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc.

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Countdown to 2015, June 2012

The 2012 Countdown to 2015 Report, Building a Future for Women and Children, highlights country progress—and obstacles to progress—towards achieving Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. It includes 75 country profiles.

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At USAID's Child Survival Call to Action event on June 14-15, leaders in global health made unprecented commitments to defeat leading child killers by issuing a Declaration on Scaling-up Treatment of Diarrhea and Pneumonia. The Declaration comes on the heels of a new report issues by UNICEF that also calls for urgent action: Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children.

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UNICEF, June 2012

A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea – the two primary killers of children under the age of five. The new UNICEF report, Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases for the world’s poorest children, identifies a tremendous opportunity to narrow the child survival gap both among and within countries by increasing commitment, attention and funding.

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Washington Post, May 2012

More children are surviving childhood -- a fact that Michael Clemens of the Center for Global Development describes as the "biggest, best story in development." The great news calls for flexibility, humility, and above all, hope for future progress.

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Decade of Vaccines Collaboration, May 2012

The Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly endorsed a landmark Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.The plan is expected to reduce global childhood mortality, surpassing the targets of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal 4.

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RotaFlash, May 2012

Rollout of rotavirus vaccines across Africa continued on May 25, as Rwanda became the third GAVI-eligible African country to introduce vaccines against rotavirus, the leading cause of severe and deadly diarrhea in young children.

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PATH welcomes the encouraging news published in the Lancet today that global child deaths continue to decrease, while also recognizing that the fight is far from over. Childhood diarrhea and pneumonia claim a combined 2 million lives annually and remain significant causes of child mortality. While demonstrating how simple and affordable solutions can have a major impact, today’s good news also calls for continued scale-up of lifesaving interventions in the environments where children’s lives are most threatened.

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