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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

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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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Gambia: Women dying due to pregnancy, childbirth drops

23 Apr
Gambian woman and child.

Gambian woman and child. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Lamin Jahateh

Maternal mortality has reduced by 59 per cent in The Gambia over the past fourteen years, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Health has said quoting the findings of the Demographic Health Survey conducted nationwide.

Dr Makie Taal said the 2013 survey indicates a maternal mortality ratio of 433 per 100,000 live births which is a reduction of 59 per cent compared to the figure fourteen years ago.

He was speaking on Wednesday at a local hotel in Kololi during the beginning of a 2-day health research conference organized by the ministry in collaboration with the University of Oslo, Norway. Continue reading

Ebola Outbreak: MSF is facing an ‘unprecedented epidemic’

31 Mar

MSF now has around 60 international staff on the ground in Guinea to respond to the Ebola epidemic. (Photo:  Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

MSF says it will have around 60 international staff on the ground in Guinea to respond to the Ebola epidemic by week-end. (Photo: Kjell Gunnar Beraas/MSF)

By Modou S. Joof

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced on Monday  it is  facing an unprecedented epidemic in terms of the distribution of [Ebola] cases now scattered in several locations in Guinea.

MSF announcement followed eight confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the capital Conakry.  78 people have been confirmed death already as a result of the disease.

“We are facing an epidemic of a magnitude never before seen in terms of the distribution of cases in the country: Gueckedou, Macenta Kissidougou, Nzerekore, and now Conakry,” says Mariano Lugli, coordinator of MSF’s project in Conakry. Continue reading

Gambians Rise for Justice

15 Feb
They joined the global energy to strike, dance and rise against Violence against women calling for an end to FGM, marriage and other gender discriminatory practices affecting women and men (Photo Credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/Feb2014)

They joined the global energy to strike, dance and rise against Violence against women calling for an end to FGM, marriage and other gender discriminatory practices affecting women and men (Photo Credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/Feb2014)

By Binta A Bah

One Billion Rising For Justice, an event being held around world turned out a moment filled with emotions and joy under the unnoticed hot and typical African burning sun in The Gambia, demanding justice in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence.

Done in style, The Gambia commemorated the event with  a procession and symposium at TANGO offices where hundreds of people: women, men, youth groups, institutions and school children rose up to dance, singing very emotional songs.

One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely outside places where they are entitled to justice. Places like courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places. Continue reading

GAMCOTRAP joins global ‘One Billion Rising for Justice’ on Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

 

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 (Photo credit: NicholBrummer)

 

By Binta A Bah

 

14 February globally, is valentine day; a day when lovers renew their love, commitment but this year women and men in The Gambia will rise together in the largest day of mass action ever to rise for justice.

 

Children, youth, women and men from all walks of life including people with disabilities, are joining the global determination to end the multiple violence’s, a globally coordinated campaign aimed to call to an end of violence against women and girls, according to GAMCOTRAP, a leading women’s rights organization in the country.

 

Thousands of One Billion Rising for Justice Events will take place throughout the world. These events are organized and produced by local activists. It’s the day of synchronized action when one billion people in 207 countries will rise for justice. Continue reading

The Gambia: Module on FGM due in Schools

24 Dec
Central River Region (CRR) Female circumcisers' publicly declare they've stopped   practicing FGM (Photo credit: B.A.Bah/Globe/FPI/April 2013)
Central River Region (CRR) Female circumcisers’ publicly declare they’ve stopped practicing FGM (Photo credit: Binta A. Bah/Globe/FPI/April 2013)

By Binta A Bah      

Module on FGM and child’s rights for grade 4-9 basic and secondary education sector  will be introduce hopefully next year, GAMCOTRAP, a women’s rights advocacy group said on Monday.

The modules on FGM are meant to contribute to efforts by the education sector to promote gender equality and development as part of overall policy to promote girls’ education.

This was said by the executive director of GAMCOTRAP Dr Istou Touray, at day training for teachers, who all resolved to join and educated children on the effects of FGM at the Regional education in Brikama. Continue reading

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