West Africa is a gold field for cyber criminals – Report

20 Jul

West Africa’s finance sector most vulnerable to cyber attack, says new report (Photo Credit: Mantle Thought)

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Gambia Alert: Authorities Shutdown Media Critical of New Government

14 Jun

Some local journalists concerned with press freedom argue that the move is an assault on the media and freedom of expression. The country’s first daily since 1992 is shutdown by Gambian authorities over non-payment of tax in the region of D17 million (Photo Credit: Access Gambia).

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The Daily Observer Closure: An Assault on Press Freedom?

14 Jun

The country’s first daily since 1992 is shutdown by Gambian authorities over non-payment of tax in the region of D17 million (Photo Credit: Access Gambia).

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Sanna Camara: Returning home was exciting and somewhat surreal for me

3 May

It was touching for me as a father and husband… These are moments you wouldn’t trade for anything in life, he says (Photo Credit: Facebook/Sanna Camara)

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Aboubacarr Saidykhan: It was unbelievable to my parents when I surfaced in my neighborhood

3 May

He fled to neighbouring Senegal after reported threats to his life, but his host country imprisonment him and threatened to have him deported. In this photo, he is being interviewed by a Senego TV on the occasion of Gambia’s independence anniversary (Photo Credit: M.S.Joof/FPI/Feb 2017)

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Accelerating Global Access to Vaccines in Developing Countries

26 Apr

 

Pfizer is dedicated to increasing access to immunizations in countries that carry the greatest proportion of global burden of pneumococcal disease, which can help prevent diseases and save lives.

In support of this commitment, and to help address the practical constraints experienced by health workers operating in many Gavi countries, Pfizer developed Prevenar 13® in the Multi-Dose Vial-MDV presentation (4 doses per vial). This new presentation will help to significantly reduce storage requirements and shipping costs in communities with health systems that are still developing. In April 2016, the MDV presentation received a positive opinion from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Subsequently the MDV was pre-qualified by the WHO in July 2016.

In January 2017, Pfizer launched the new multi-dose vial- MDV which was prequalified in accordance with WHO’s ‘open container policy.’ With its ‘open container’ attributes, it allows for the fourth dose to be used for up to 28 days after the first dose in drawn and providing the recommended cold storage requirements have been met.

To ensure the efficient use of the multi-dose vial, Pfizer is supporting Gavi countries with a refresher training of trainers program on a variety of immunization topics including the proper handling of multi dose vials with open container policy. Pfizer partnered with AMP Services, an organization dedicated to providing the tools to promote preventive medicine and public health worldwide, to execute the training of trainers sessions in 16 countries in 2017. Continue reading

Eliminating diseases through vaccination

26 Apr

Vaccines have significantly reduced the threat of diseases that were once widespread and sometimes fatal. Today, more people benefit from safe and efficacious vaccines than ever before – and the list of diseases that vaccines can help prevent continues to grow.

As we mark World Immunization Week/World Meningitis Day, let’s be aware about the critical importance of immunization bearing in mind that vaccination is a key strategy to containing Meningococcal meningitis, ensuring continued protection for the current and future generation while taking into consideration the current outbreak of Meningitis in the region.

Meningitis disease is an infection of the meninges, the membrane covering the brain. Bacterial meningitis is very serious because its onset is rapid and the infection is associated with a significant risk of death; it may also result in mental retardation, deafness, epilepsy, etc.

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