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One in 10 infants didn’t receive vaccinations in 2016 – UN

Polio immunisation

Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly one in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to a recent World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) immunisation estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases. Additionally, an estimated 6.6 million ...

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70th World Health Assembly: Delegates agree on dementia, immunisation, others


Delegates at the World Health Organisation (WHO) organised World Health Assembly holding in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, May 29, 2017 reached new agreements on dementia; immunisation; refugee and migrant health; substandard and falsified medical products, and the world drug problem. Dementia Delegates at the World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan on the public health response to dementia ...

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Dangote, Gates: Why we’re hopeful about improving health in Africa


Nigerian billionaire and owner of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, and American business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist, Bill Gates, in this jointly-written opinion piece, renew hope for proper healthcare on the African continent  This week, more than 138,000 vaccinators will fan out across five African countries in the Lake Chad area in a push to eliminate polio in Africa ...

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Meningitis: 33 dead in Niger, Sokoto to immunise 2m, WHO provides vaccine


Thirty-three people have died from the Cerebrol Spinal Meningitis in Niger State out of the 116 suspected cases recorded, an official disclosed to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, April 14, 2017. Executive Director of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Yahaya Na’uzo, said nine persons died from the type C meningitis, while the remaining 24 died ...

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African leaders commit to advance immunisation


Among the 10 commitments, the Heads of State have resolved to increase vaccine-related funding, strengthen supply chains and delivery systems, as well as make universal access to vaccines a cornerstone of health and development efforts Heads of State from across Africa on Thursday, 31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, adopted a Declaration on Universal Access to Immunisation in Africa, ...

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Photos: Immunisation campaign kicks off in Lekki community

Photos: Immunisation campaign kicks off in Lekki community

The National Immunisation Prevention Diseases (NIDPs) campaign has commenced in Lagos. The campaign is aimed at reaching 95% of children within the age of 0-59 months, notwithstanding their previous immunisation status. Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr Olufemi Onanuga, said the children would be administered with the oral polio virus vaccine, which he described ...

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‘Stunning’ vaccine rids Africa of meningitis A

Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele

New research forecasts a resurgence of meningitis A epidemics in 15 years should immunisation efforts stall Five years after the introduction of an affordable conjugate meningitis A vaccine, immunisation has led to the control and near elimination of deadly meningitis A disease in the African “meningitis belt.” In 2013, only four laboratory-confirmed cases of meningitis A were reported by the ...

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