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Polio Parallels

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

To a technical community accustomed to other vaccines that routinely provide 80%, 90%, or even 95% protection, the new potential Malaria vaccine's level of protective efficacy is considered almost disappointing.

Vaccines: The Biggest Bang for the Buck in Global Health

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Seth Berkley, M.D.

The power of vaccines is evident around the world, but nowhere will it be more so than in the over 30 developing countries that will begin -- for the first time -- to immunize their children with new rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines.

Progress That Demands Performance

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

For someone who has worked diligently for over a decade to accelerate access to new life-saving pneumonia vaccines, announcements like this week's make it all seem worth it.

Watch: Vaccine Summit Raises $4.3 Billion

Posted 08.15.2011 | Impact

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Vaccines Save Lives: Every Child, Everywhere

Bill Gates | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

With the continued generosity of donors and the commitment of developing countries to reach every child, everywhere, the world will reach the point where the circumstances of a child's birth have nothing to do with whether he or she gets lifesaving vaccines.

10 Years of Vaccine Progress in 10 Days

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 08.09.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Finding the right balance between affordable prices, innovation, and supply security will require hard work, patience, and a long-term view.

All Children Deserve Vaccines

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.05.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Now that several vaccine manufacturers are offering their vaccines at much lower costs, GAVI Alliance will be able to roll out the rotavirus vaccine, as well as other vaccines, for the first time ever in many of the poorest countries.

A Special Relationship to Save Lives

Joanne Carter | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Joanne Carter

Each year about 8.8 million children in developing countries die from mostly preventable and treatable conditions. Nearly 40 percent of those deaths are from two common diseases: pneumonia and diarrhea.

The Comeback Killers: Diphtheria, Measles, Whopping Cough, Polio

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Orin Levine

Diphtheria. Measles. Whooping cough. Polio. If you think these diseases belonged to your parents and grandparents and not to our generation, you may be surprised to hear that they are making a comeback.

Impact of Global Health Cuts Alarming, But Not Alarmist

Joanne Carter | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Joanne Carter

According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.

Our Germs in the Gorillas' Midst

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

With the expanded use of life-saving interventions like the pneumococcal vaccine, we need to learn as much as possible about the remaining causes of severe pneumonia in children as we can.

Unexpected Returns

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

In 1986, as a sophomore at Gettysburg College, I accompanied my dad, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher, on a two-week trip to Rwanda. I was insta...

Leadership + Innovation = Lives Saved

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

AMC has brought a state-of-the art pneumonia vaccine to Kenya about 18 months after it was introduced in Europe; until now, it took 15 to 20 years for new vaccines to trickle down to poor countries.

Uncommon Rewards

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

The rewards of a career in public health are infrequent and often hard to see. In clinical medicine, doctors and nurses have the benefit of experiencing the impact they have on people's lives on a daily basis.

Three global health trends for the next decade

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

In the past two decades, the international donor community has ushered in a historic expansion of global health programs. Through multi-country initi...

Winning Hearts and Minds With a Vaccine?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Stopping meningitis epidemics makes good sense on many levels -- health, economic, and humanitarian among them. We need to approach this issue from a different angle: one of self-interest.

Sparking a Movement for World Pneumonia Day

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Only in its second year, it seems like World Pneumonia Day might be moving from spark to blaze -- engaging governments, child health organizations and advocates in an effort to spotlight the leading killer of children.

Pneumonia's Final Verse

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

A quick Google News search this morning using the term "pneumonia" brought up a bunch of stories. Most of them were about Canadian folk singer Bruce C...

Five Priorities for the Next GAVI CEO

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

The GAVI Alliance has enjoyed 10 remarkable years. It's first CEO, Tore Godal, brought people and institutions together, gave GAVI a strategic v...

From Maryland to Rwanda: Linking Communities to Prevent Disease

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Access to life-saving vaccines should not be determined by the lottery of birthplace and every child deserves a healthy future, whether they are born in Baltimore or Bangalore.

The Difference a Year Can Make

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Minister of Health Richard Sezibera administers first dose of pneumococcal vaccine in the developing world in Rwanda, April 2009 Almost exactly...

Pneumonia's Last Syrah

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Could getting rid of a case of wine help get rid of cases of pneumonia? This is the idea that came to me last week when New York Times wine criti...

A Great Deal for the World's Poorest Children

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

If you were a Minister of Health in Africa with less than $10 per person to spend on all health care, would you be able to justify $100 per dose for a vaccine, no matter how staggering the disease impact?

Bill Gates Can't Do it Alone

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

The ability to provide predictable financing to procure new, life-saving vaccines is the one unique donor role in the complex vaccine process.

Please Spread Viral Pneumonia (Videos, that is)

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

While there are millions of cases of viral pneumonia every year, there are far too few pneumonia videos that "go viral" on the Internet.