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Category: child health

INSPIRED to End Violence Against Women and Children

November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. More than 1 billion children—half of all the children in the world—are victims of violence every year. And in many countries, one in four girls experience sexual violence before the age of eighteen. Every child has the right to grow Read More >

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Measles: A Forgotten, but Formidable Foe

Since its inception, the CDC has played a major role in advancing the health security in dozens of countries by improving response times to the outbreaks of several vaccine-preventable diseases. Furthermore, its partnerships with other countries and philanthropic organizations have not only stopped outbreaks, but also improved disease surveillance, laboratory science, emergency operations, and health Read More >

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INSPIRE: Breaking the Cycle of Violence

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children. Implementation and Enforcement of Laws, Norms and values, Safe environments, Parent and caregiver support, Income and economic strengthening, Response and support services, Education and life skills

This blog was originally posted on The Huffington Post on July 13, 2016 As a society, we have unanimity about few things, but one of these is that no child should be harmed by violence. And yet, every 5 minutes a child somewhere in the world dies a violent death, and half of all children in the Read More >

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Global Immunization: 50 Years of Work, Humanity, and Success

With her head tilted back, the picture depicts a young Nigerian girl, as she was holding her mouth wide open in order to receive her dose of orally-administered polio vaccine. This activity was taking place during Nigeria’s National - Stop Transmission of Polio Program (N-STOP), which is a refined and specialized offspring of two larger programs that train disease detectives: the (international) STOP program, and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program. N-STOP is a key element in Nigeria’s effort to rid the country of this crippling disease.

This blog was originally posted on MyAJC.com on April 26, 2016. Government is a creature of numbers and statistics, a generator of such vast quantities of data and reports that it’s hard to appreciate sometimes the full human dimension of what it takes to protect everyone from vaccine-preventable diseases. That reality comes to mind as Read More >

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World Birth Defects Day Raises Global Awareness of Birth Defects

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Every year, an estimated 3%–6% of infants worldwide are born with a serious birth defect. Birth defects can affect an infant regardless of birthplace, race, or ethnicity. In some countries, birth defects remain one of the leading causes of death for infants and young children. Those who survive and live with these conditions are at Read More >

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Two Vaccines for One Polio-free World

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Polio was once considered one of the most frightening diseases in the world until a team led by Dr. Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine. World Polio Day, held every October 24 to celebrate Salk’s birthday, is an opportunity for everyone working to eradicate polio to renew their commitment to creating a polio-free Read More >

Posted on by Lee Hampton, MD, Medical Officer, Vaccine Introduction Team, Global Immunization Division5 CommentsTags , , , ,

Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls 

A girl leans against a tree in the village of Usoma, Kenya.

Director of CDC’s Division of HIV & TB Shannon Hader on 2015 International Day of the Girl Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. That’s more than 1,000 every day. These numbers are worth noting any day, but it’s especially relevant today as we recognize International Day of Read More >

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Data Matters

Uganda vax coverage

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 Division3 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 >

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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

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 , ,
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