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SA is not yet polio-free

March 11, 2019
Vaccines  

South Africa is part of a ‘pariah group’ of countries not yet certified polio-free, thanks to weaknesses in our disease surveillance and vaccination programme. The Department of Health is determined to win back its certificate next month, and launched an immunisation coverage survey last week to investigate the nation’s vaccination rate. 

Anti-vaxxers & the return of measles: Is SA immune?

February 18, 2019
News  

Measles outbreaks are devastating countries across the globe, linked to a massive drop in vaccination rates. The World Health Organisation has raised the alarm and ranked ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the top 10 threats to public health everywhere. Is South Africa immune? HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green reports.

WORLD TB DAY: Breakthrough returns to 100-year-old vaccine

March 24, 2018
News  

A breakthrough South African study may change the course of vaccine research for the world’s number one infectious-disease killer: tuberculosis (TB). While a new vaccine has been heralded as the only hope, researchers have returned to an old vaccine discovered almost 100 years ago for answers.

No more delays: Accelerating access to medicine

February 17, 2017
Health Management  

Late last month, Heads of State and governments from across the continent gathered in Addis Ababa for the 28th African Union (AU) Summit writes Yolanda Moyo of PATH South Africa.

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Guidelines: Expanded Program on Immunisation Vaccine Guidelines, Manual

Updated in 2010, these guidelines include South Africa’s introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate and rotavirus vaccines.

Report: 2013 District Health Barometer

Health Systems Trust’s latest District Health Barometer, which provides district-level statistics on indicators such as maternal mortality, childhood immunisations and cervical cancer screening.

MSF calls for cheaper child vaccines

April 29, 2013
Vaccines  

On the eve of the high-level Global Vaccines Summit hosted by Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates and General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned that high prices for new vaccines could put developing countries in the precarious situation of not being […]