Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world's most successful and cost-effective health interventions. The
World Immunization Week 2017 campaign
, running April 24-30, aims to raise awareness about the importance of immunization throughout life.
In Case You Missed It
Webinar Recording Available: Tools for Child Health Advocacy
On March 30, Stop Pneumonia hosted a virtual event titled, "
Evidence for Child Health Advocacy.
" The goal of this webinar was to introduce you to new tools to strengthen your advocacy messages. Presentations included a walk-through of each tool:
Making Pneumonia and Diarrhea Global Priorities
During the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2017, one session covered, "
Pneumonia and Diarrhoea: How Horizontal UHC Reforms Can Address Key Childhood Killers
." Speakers discussed the importance of strengthening national health systems and the potential for the Global Financing Facility to increase short-term investment in health services and long-term domestic resources. The session was hosted by Save the Children UK and World Vision International in Washington, D.C.
Stop Pneumonia Blog
Dr. Samy Ahmar
, Acting Head of Health at Save the Children UK, marked World Health Day (April 7) with a focus on child pneumonia -- a powerful illustration of global and intra-country inequalities in burden of disease and access to health care. To be successful, he writes, an ambitious and sustainable movement to tackle pneumonia must leverage integrated approaches, universal health care, innovation, and policy change.
How Effective Supply Chains Get Vaccines to More Kids
Approximately 80% of all children around the world receive the vaccines they need to grow up healthy and thrive. But on the ground, we still need to figure out how to vaccinate 1 out of every 5 children around the world-many of whom live in remote areas. Improving vaccine supply chains is key, and PATH explores how in the digital feature, "Connecting the Dots."
Plus, a special edition of Vaccine brings together evidence from global experts in 31 articles, representing decades of work by country governments, implementing partners, and donors to improve immunization supply chains. The evidence presented serves as a ready reference for professionals working on supply chains.
Do's and Don'ts of Oxygen Therapy Delivery
How can hospitals get oxygen therapy to their patients in need? This is the complex question that researchers tackle in the
April 2017 edition of the Bulletin of the WHO
. Their work, "Providing oxygen to children in hospitals: a realist review," covers interventions to improve access to oxygen therapy in hospitals in low-resource settings and lays out the contextual actors that contribute to the success or failure of interventions.
Credible Vaccine Websites
Given the misinformation on immunization circulating the internet,
WHO has compiled a list of credible vaccine websites
that meet good information practices criteria. This Vaccine Safety Net includes 47 websites in 12 languages, allowing experts, advocates, and the general public from around the world to draw from reputable sources.