Cheaper vaccines and universal health care are needed to curb pneumonia, a scourge that kills 1 million people a year—more than malaria, diarrhea and measles combined, concludes Save the Children.   Amoxicillin treats pneumonia cheaply, but less than 60% of health…

Resurgent violence in Afghanistan is mounting pressure on, and violence against health workers. Fighting has shuttered some clinics entirely, and attacks on health care have more than doubled so far this year—the UN reported 100 incidents through September. The violence…

For the 1st time ever, measles deaths have dropped below 100,000 a year, according to a study by the Measles and Rubella Initiative. Mass measles vaccination campaigns have saved an estimated 20.4 million lives since 2000.   But since 2009, the number of those receiving the…

Muslims in the southeast Indian state of Kerala are being targeted for anti-vaccination propaganda via social media, texts and WhatsApp messages.   The messaging falsely claims that vaccinations kill or sicken children—with specific fearmongering toward Muslims. “What this…

President Trump’s health secretary is out, but his legacy looks poised to endure.   Before resigning last week, Tom Price drafted a 5-year plan for the $1.1 trillion Health and Human Services agency that emphasizes the work of faith groups and favors language used by anti-…

Blame camels for the persistence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, first identified in a Saudi Arabian man in 2012, says Michael Osterholm, director of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota and author of “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs.”MERS is a…

While India has been called “The Pharmacy of the World” for its manufacture of nearly 37% of WHO pre-qualified vaccines, only 65% of it population receives basic vaccination coverage.   Other countries with similar or lower per capita GDP have better rates; Brazil stands at…

WHO should change course and support widespread vaccination in response to Yemen’s ongoing cholera outbreak, says Lorenz von Seidlein, specialty consulting editor of PLOS Medicine. In a newly published editorial, von Seidlein is critical of WHO’s recent decision to cancel…

South Australia seeks to become the third Australian state to fine child care centers and preschools that admit an unvaccinated child. The law would not exempt parents who object to vaccination for non-medical reasons.   The move is the latest in a nationwide effort to…

It’s a stubborn problem and a persistent barrier to health: Nearly 1 in 10 infants worldwide—12.9 million—did not receive any vaccinations last year, according to new WHO and UNICEF estimates.Full routine immunization coverage for children has stalled at 86% since 2010, the…