We are already midway through the first month of the 2015 -- and more importantly, midway through the Decade of Vaccines. With much to accomplish, I compiled a quick list of the 10 advances in global health and vaccinations I would like to see in 2015.
Ranking among the very best investments we can make in our children, our communities and in future generations, vaccines merit meticulous tracking. They serve as the promise that children will be able to grow up healthy and reach each of the milestones we envision for them.
As the campaigns start looking to win over every vote in the pivotal swing states, it may be worth examining more closely the local links between global health and jobs, and the opportunity to tap into an issue that could energize university students.
Nigeria is home to one out of every eight child deaths worldwide, and the Decade of Vaccines Economics projects 90 percent vaccine coverage can save 600,000 lives and $17 billion in Nigeria over the next 10 years.
Likewise, as one of only three remaining countries in the world with endemic polio transmission, they have recently ramped up efforts to eradicate polio from the country, and thereby, help rid it from the entire world.
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.
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.