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What I Saw as a Child Led Me to Champion Vaccines Today

Young Afghan children playing after receiving their polio vaccines during vaccination campaigns in 2014. ©Misgina Suba Abraha/UNICEF. Young Afghan children playing after receiving their polio vaccines during vaccination campaigns in 2014. ©Misgina Suba Abraha/UNICEF.

This post is part of the #ProtectingKids blog series. Read the whole series here. Living as a child in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1970’s meant going to the bazaar on the weekends with my parents. My two sisters and I would climb in the back of our Volkswagen Kombi and my father would drive us Read More >

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March 3 Marks the First Annual World Birth Defects Day

Mother of child with spina bifida participating on spina bifida awareness day at the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Foundation in Nigeria Mother of child with spina bifida participating on spina bifida awareness day at the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Foundation in Nigeria

This March 3 marks the first annual World Birth Defects Day, launched by a network of 12 leading global health organizations. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about the occurrence of birth defects, develop and implement primary prevention programs, and expand referral and care services for all persons with birth defects. Our Read More >

Posted on by Diana Valencia, MS, CDC Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities1 CommentTags , ,

Polio Eradication, Microplanning and GIS

Geospatial data have been used in public health since John Snow mapped cholera cases around the Broad Street water pump during the London cholera epidemic of 1854.  And, while global positioning system technologies (GPS) are so ubiquitous in the United States that virtually all new smartphones, tablets and cars have this technology embedded, in many Read More >

Posted on by Victoria Gammino, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, CDC Global Immunization Division3 Comments

Voices from the Central African Republic: FELTP residents remain committed to strengthening disease surveillance and outbreak response in CAR

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country in Central Africa, bordered by Chad in the north, Sudan in the northeast, South Sudan in the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo in the south and Cameroon in the west.  CAR is one of the world’s least developed Read More >

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Public Health Informatics in Action in Malawi: Making life easier for healthcare workers and patients while improving quality through an innovative national Electronic Medical Record System

Keeping track of even one patient undergoing treatment for HIV/AIDS can be complicated enough. Doing it for over 472,865 patients when you’re a low income country coping with high demand and a sputtering economy magnifies the complexity. Which is why Malawi’s story – and its solution – is attracting attention and praise. It’s a story Read More >

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CDC Protects Families: My favorite stories

As we celebrate families on Mother’s Day, May 11, and the International Day of Families, May 15, I am especially proud to work in CDC’s Center for Global Health.  As one of the Center’s  health communication specialists, I have the privilege to write or edit many stories about how CDC’s programs impact the lives of Read More >

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Vaccination: Your best shot

In 2002, I was in Maracaibo, Venezuela assisting with the investigation of the last measles outbreak in South America when the news arrived: Ministers of health from the region agreed that a synchronized week of vaccination in the hemisphere would help prevent future outbreaks and increase access to immunization for many who would miss this Read More >

Posted on by Carla Lee, MA, Public Health Advisor, CDC Global Immunization DivisionLeave a commentTags , ,

April 7 is World Health Day

     April 7 marks World Health Day. This year World Health Day focuses on vector-borne diseases. More than half the world is at risk from vector-borne diseases. What exactly is a vector? A vector is a small organism, like a tick or mosquito, that transmits disease. Malaria, dengue, Chagas Disease and lymphatic filariasis are just four examples Read More >

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How Nigeria Is Helping Stop Polio for Good

  This blog was originally posted in the Huffington Post on January 2, 2014.   There are three places in the world where wild poliovirus has never stopped killing and disabling children: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. As with other health threats, polio doesn’t stay neatly within a country’s borders. In the case of Nigeria, polio Read More >

Posted on by CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden1 Comment

Working together to help strengthen Kenya’s capacity for birth defects prevention: A great collaborative start

    Alejandro Azofeifa and Diana Valencia work to expand birth defects surveillance worldwide through Birth Defects COUNT, a CDC global initiative. A Call for Assistance In early 2012, Dr. Leland Albright, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, alerted CDC to what appeared to be a rising number of patients with some Read More >

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