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Rotary and CDC – Partners in Polio and Beyond

Posted on by W. William Schluter, MD, MSPH, Director, Global Immunization Division
W. William Schluter, MD, MSPH, Director, Global Immunization Division
W. William Schluter, MD, MSPH, Director, Global Immunization Division
Photo credit: d’Arcy Lunn/STOP volunteer

Partnerships play an integral role in CDC’s international work. Eradication and elimination initiatives for vaccine-preventable diseases serve as examples underlining the importance of public-private partnerships. Global polio eradication has been and remains a top priority for CDC. It would be only the second time in history that a human disease has been eradicated, and partners have been key to achieving the progress to date. Rotary International has been at the forefront of polio eradication through its fundraising and expertise in community engagement supported by a global network of volunteer leaders committed to working towards a polio-free world.

In 1988, the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) accelerated polio eradication efforts by uniting the strengths of Rotary International, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and CDC into a global partnership to end polio. The establishment of the GPEI has resulted in tremendous success. In fact, the number of worldwide polio cases has fallen from an estimated 350,000 when GPEI was formed in 1988 to only 37 in 2016—a decline of more than 99.99% in reported cases. As a key member, Rotary supports immunization activities, surveillance, and research spearheaded by GPEI.

Rotary’s engagement with CDC and support for common interests is not limited to polio. CDC and Rotary partner to make impacts on various public health efforts around the world, such as the provision of basic health services and access to clean water & sanitation. For example, CDC and Rotary collaborate in India, Nigeria, and South Africa, along with the Ministries of Health and partners like USAID on Rotary Family Health Days. During these campaigns, we work together to increase childhood immunizations, prevent HIV/AIDS and screen for cervical cancer.  Other projects include providing de-worming for children, distributing mosquito bed nets, and the provision of other health care services like blood pressure screening and eye exams for cataracts.

As Rotary International holds their annual convention in Atlanta, we celebrate their amazing contributions to eradication of polio and improving the lives of both domestic and international communities. We can continue to make strides in public health like reducing health disparities, eliminating and eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases, improving access to safe water and so much more thanks to partners like Rotary International.

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Media Dialogues: Cultivating a Conducive Tobacco-Control Environment In Cameroon

The author, Caleb Ayong

As the communications officer for the Cameroonian Coalition for Tobacco Control (C3T), I know the importance of educating journalists and guiding them to use factually accurate information from trustworthy sources. If this does not happen, they could obtain distorted information and pass it on to the public. C3T has held media dialogues with journalists for a couple of years now. Because of the opportunities these events present to build the capacity of the media to report accurately on tobacco control, we have organized three media dialogues in 2017, with more scheduled in several regions of the country in the months ahead.  Read More >

Posted on by CALEB I. AYONG, Communications Officer, Cameroonian Coalition to Counter Tobacco (C3T)Leave a commentTags , , ,

Transforming Hypertension Treatment in Barbados

A blood pressure screening in Barbados.

While being a physician is certainly important to me, first and foremost I consider myself a native of Barbados. The people of Barbados are unique, but they share a commonality with citizens of many other countries: they struggle with a high burden of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and other risk factors for Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Kenneth Connell, the Preclinical Deputy Dean and a Faculty Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of the West Indies, Medical Sciences Cave Hill Campus in BarbadosLeave a comment

Strengthening Immunization in Challenging Settings

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Providing routine immunization services is a global public health priority to protect families and children from vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and cholera. In South Sudan, the world’s newest country, the need is enormous. Without vaccination, children and their communities may be vulnerable to preventable but deadly and disabling diseases. From 2008 to 2012, Read More >

Posted on by CDC’s Global Immunization Division in collaboration with in-country partnersLeave a commentTags ,

Vaccines Work: Leaving No Child Behind – How Pediatricians Can Contribute to Global Vaccine Coverage

NEPAS 2017

In Nepal, pediatricians meet with a caregiver and frontline vaccinators to learn how pediatricians can more effectively advocate for vaccine access.   Today, more children are saved by vaccines than ever before, but over 19 million children are still missing out on these critical life-saving vaccines each year across the world (WHO, 2017). To put Read More >

Posted on by Guest blogger: Louis Z. Cooper, MD, FAAP, Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics2 CommentsTags , , ,

The Road Ahead to Malaria Eradication

World Malaria Day arrives today with a theme that is equal parts ambition and aspiration—“End Malaria for Good.” It’s catchy and encapsulates a universal goal. It also compels us to take unflinching stock to understand where we are in the fight against this beguiling foe. And more importantly, what needs to change to end a Read More >

Posted on by Patrick Kachur, Chief, Malaria Branch, Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, CDCLeave a commentTags , , , ,

Looking Back With Pride….Looking Ahead With Confidence

A historical overview on eliminating Meningitis in Africa In the 1990’s epidemics of meningitis sweeping across the vast span of the African continent known as the “meningitis belt” were claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and there was not much the global public health community was able to do. We all knew that a vaccine Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Nancy Messonnier (CAPT, USPHS) Director for the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory DiseasesLeave a commentTags , , ,

Closer than Ever

Some of the world’s most accomplished disease experts—including several of my colleagues in CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM)—are gathering in Geneva this week at the NTD Summit 2017. Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of parasitic, bacterial, and viral diseases that cause illness and disability in more than 1.5 billion people Read More >

Posted on by CAPT Stephanie Bialek, Chief, Parasitic Diseases, Division of Parasitic Disease and MalariaLeave a commentTags , , , , , ,

Preventing Local Outbreaks from Becoming Global Pandemics: FETP Enhances Capabilities to Track Diseases and Stop Them at the Source

Podoconiosis

Christine Kihembo, FETP graduate from Uganda led a study in her country on Podoconiosis, a neglected tropical diseases that affects about 4 million people around the world. Above, the typical asymmetrical lymphedema (lower limb swelling) seen in podoconiosis. The skin on the affected limbs is thickened with warty and mossy nodules and toes are disfigured. Read More >

Posted on by David Sugerman, MD, MPH, FACEPLeave a commentTags ,

Heart Failure at Age 46?

Dotson E-80

nbsp; People often ask me what I enjoy most about the work I do. For me, it is the individuals we help to make healthier, those whose quality of care are directly impacted by the guidance we can give physicians. Recently, a physician in southern California contacted CDC about her patient, Jose. When Jose was Read More >

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