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The Trouble With GAVI…

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Bill Gates, a champion of the GAVI Alliance. Ben Fisher/GAVI Alliance

GAVI – the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation – or GAVI Alliance as it is now tautological branding would have us call it, has had a rather happy September thus far. The 11 year-old Public Private Partnership on Friday 16th of the month proudly declared Burundi will become the tenth African country to roll out the new pneumoccal vaccine. GAVI said more than 16,000 children die of pneumococcal diseases including bacterial pneumonia in Burundi every year, almost all of which would been prevented by the vaccine.

Five days later, on 21 September, praise was rained down on the Alliance by two rather grande fromages of the aid world. That is Andrew Mitchell the UK’s secretary of state for international development, the chief of the Department for International Development (DFID), and Raj Shah, head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the world’s single biggest development donor. They said GAVI is a “game changer” in a meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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Written by nascenthack

September 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Posted in Development, Disease

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Polio – forgotten but not gone

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A young girl's right leg bends backwards at the knee like a bow as her father leads he by the hand down a clinic corridor

Consequence of polio - too many children must suffer a similar fate

For centuries polio has maimed and killed children across the world. Like all diseases it struck out at all echelons of society, from Presidents down, but it disproportionately affected the poor.

The virus transmits because of insanitary and unhygienic conditions. It is spread in faeces, infecting a victim with their food or water. It shreds the nervous system, attacking motor-neurons, paralysing the victim.

Polio kills the poorest and most marginalised of the world’s population. Those who do not drink clean water; who cannot wash their hands; those who are compelled to live in filth bereft of sanitation.

It is grievously unfair that children still suffer from this disease. This pathogen that only infects humans, that does not live long outside of its human host, that we have had a vaccine to combat for nearly 60 years.

Up to 90 per cent of those infected show no symptoms. This virus passes by so many; silently passing through en route to those few to destroy their fragile bodies. Read the rest of this entry »