News from IVAC

August 2018

Press Release: Rotavirus vaccine cuts infant diarrhea deaths by a third in Malawi

A major new study has shown that rotavirus vaccination reduced infant diarrhea deaths by one-third in rural Malawi, a region with high levels of child deaths. The study led by scientists at the University of Liverpool, UCL, the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and partners in Malawi provides […]

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July 2018

New Research: Using pneumococcal and rotavirus surveillance in vaccine decision-making: A series of case studies in Bangladesh, Armenia and the Gambia

Through a series of country case studies, this paper reviews the successful use of surveillance data for disease caused by pneumococcus and rotavirus in informing national vaccine policy in Bangladesh, Armenia and The Gambia. The case studies delve into ways in which countries are leveraging and building capacity in existing surveillance infrastructure to monitor other diseases of concern in the country.

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June 2018

Commentary: The Ideal Community of Practice—Engaging Local Stakeholders in Uganda to Develop Cost of Illness Estimates and Beyond

As part of the Decade of Vaccine Economics (DOVE) project’s phase IV, researchers from the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins University (IVAC) and Makerere University School of Public Health (MAKSPH) have teamed up to measure cost of illness estimates for pneumonia, diarrhea and measles in children under-five in Uganda and Bangladesh. The study has been implemented in four districts in Uganda (Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara and Wakiso districts) and two divisions in Bangladesh (Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions), from July 2017 to August 2018.

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April 2018

IVAC Welcomes Dr. Naor Bar-Zeev

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) is pleased to announce that Naor Bar-Zeev, MBBS(Hons), MPH, MBiostat, PhD, has joined the IVAC team as an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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March 2018

Commentary: The new typhoid conjugate vaccine marks the dawn of a unique beginning

The news on the prequalification of Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine by the World Health Organization on January 3rd, 2018 and endowment by Gavi have dawned a unique beginning for the entire field of public health. For the first time, a vaccine has been prequalified by WHO that is only needed in the routine immunization programs of of low and middle- income countries in South Asia and Africa.

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