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Frontline health workers have incredibly tough jobs. Almost always they have competing priorities, with only a limited number of resources at their disposal. These are the doctors, nurses and support staff who work at the point of care. These are the people who deliver our babies, help keep us healthy, and heal us when we Read More >

Posted on by Amalia Benke, MPH, Health Scientist, Global Immunization Division2 CommentsTags , , ,

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.

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 >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Global Immunization Division1 CommentTags , ,

Working Towards an Achievable Goal: A World without CRS

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When I started focusing on rubella in 1994, it was mainly recognized as a significant public health problem in high-income countries. When the public health community realized that rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) were actually significant public health issues in the entire region of the Americas, things took a turn and an elimination goal Read More >

Posted on by Susan Reef, MD, Rubella Team Lead, Global Immunization DivisionLeave a commentTags , , ,

Fulfilling the Decade of Vaccines Vision

As 2014 draws to a close, one theme that has been continuously present is the importance of a strong public health infrastructure in a country to effectively protect against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).  Universal access to immunization is the Decade of Vaccines vision, and in order to achieve this, more efforts are needed to build upon the Read More >

Posted on by Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, U.S. CDCLeave a commentTags , ,

Get to know a STOPper

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  In honor of World Polio Day, the polio communications team sat down with the lead of the CDC Global Immunization Division’s STOP team Yinka Kerr for a little Q & A. Q: Yinka, how did you become involved in the global initiative to end polio? Yinka: I started in polio in 1997 when I Read More >

Posted on by Yinka Kerr, MSPH, STOP Team Lead, Global Immunization Division3 CommentsTags , ,

Strengthening Vaccination Systems – how it STARTs

On the road to Bukwo District (photo courtesy of George Momanyi)

George Momanyi, a public health nurse from Kenya, has twice served as a consultant with CDC’s Strengthening Technical Assistance for Routine Immunization Training (START) project in Uganda.  START, funded through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides mentoring and on-the-job training to district-level immunization officers and service providers in areas with high Read More >

Posted on by George Momanyi, Public Health Nurse, START Consultant7 CommentsTags , , , ,

Polio Eradication, Microplanning and GIS

A Bugagi child travels by camel near Lake Chad in Borno State, Nigeria. Photo courtesy of Thomas Moran/WHO.

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 CommentsTags , , ,

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

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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 >

Posted on by Dr. Els Mathieu, Resident Advisor, CAR- FELTP1 CommentTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Vaccination: Your best shot

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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 , , , , , ,

Stopping rubella in its tracks: CDC works with countries to introduce rubella vaccine

    Pop quiz: What vaccine-preventable disease, whose name means “little red”, can cause severe birth defects if pregnant women become infected? If you answered rubella, also known as German measles, you are right. It’s okay if you didn’t know, since rubella is mostly a distant memory in the United States thanks to a comprehensive Read More >

Posted on by Susan Reef, MD and Gavin Grant, MD, CDC Global Immunization DivisionLeave a comment
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