Category: child health

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 >

Posted on by Alejandro Azofeifa and Diana Valencia, CDC Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Reflections on the Fight Against HIV in Malawi

  This year, my staff and I have had the opportunity to spend considerable time in health facilities that our HIV-funded partners support throughout this beautiful country. Some of these facilities are on back-country roads; others are on forest-covered hills, while others sit on the shores of Lake Malawi. For CDC-Malawi, making these trips every Read More >

Posted on by Sundeep Gupta, MD, MPH, Director, CDC-Malawi2 CommentsTags ,

Toward a World without Measles

There was a time not so long ago that the thought of measles struck genuine fear in people’s hearts. It’s easy to understand why. Measles is so contagious that any child exposed to it who’s not already immune is likely to get the disease. Worse still is that measles is hard to avoid, even for Read More >

Posted on by Stephen L. Cochi, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Global Immunization Division (GID)2 Comments

Celebrating a Decade of Progress Fighting Global HIV/AIDS

This World AIDS Day, CDC and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) commemorate a decade of success in fighting global HIV/AIDS. Ten years ago, this modern-day plague was devastating the health and wellbeing of millions of individuals in communities across Africa and in other resource-poor countries around the world. Today, we celebrate the extraordinary Read More >

Posted on by Deborah Birx, MD, Director, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, CDC Center for Global Health

Every Last Child: Reflections on World Polio Day in Nigeria

October 24th is World Polio Day, a global health observance for the global polio eradication community to renew its promise of a polio-free world to future generations. World Polio Day is held on the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, the man who led the first team to develop a vaccine against polio. The development of Read More >

Posted on by Wick Warren, PhD, Distinguished Fellow/Statistician-Demographer, Global Immunization Division4 Comments

Strengthening Immunization Systems: Making a Difference, Sustainably

I came to CDC to make a difference. I am the team lead of the Routine Immunization Team (RIT) which is part of CDC’s Global Immunization Division.  GID is well known for the essential role it plays in eradicating polio and eliminating measles/rubella. The goal, and driving memory, is to replicate the historic eradication of Read More >

Posted on by Samir Sodha, MD, MPH, Doctoral Epidemiologist, Global Immunization Division1 Comment

Fresh Voices From the Field: The Value of Our Global Health Work

  This is the fourth in our ongoing “Fresh Voices From the Field” series, where we hear from ASPPH (Association of School and Programs of Public Health) Global Health Fellows working throughout the world. Global Health Fellows are recent Master of Public Health or Doctoral graduates placed in CDC global health offices in Atlanta and Read More >

Posted on by Chelsey Beane, MSPHTags , ,

CDC Works with Partners Around the World to Combat Hepatitis

On July 28th, the United States joins countries around the globe to observe the third annual World Hepatitis Day. One of only eight health campaigns recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), this health observance raises awareness of the silent yet growing epidemic of viral hepatitis worldwide. Each year, 1.4 million persons lose their life Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Francisco Averhoff, Associate Director for Global Health - Division of Viral Hepatitis; Dr. John Ward, Director, Division of Viral HepatitisTags , , , , ,

Saving Mothers, Giving Life Explores “Mother Waiting Sheds”

  This is the fourth installment in a five-part series about efforts to save the lives of mothers in Africa through an initiative called Saving Mothers, Giving Life. Be sure to read the other four blog posts in this series.   Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is exploring an innovative concept aimed at reducing pre-delivery Read More >

Posted on by Erik Friedly, Associate Director for Communication, CDC-UgandaTags , ,