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80 million children risk being exposed to measles, pneumonia

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | 80 million children in the world could face the risk of suffering from measles, diphtheria and pneumonia. In a joint statement, the World Health Organization, the United Nations International Children’s Fund-UNICEF and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, note that as many as 80 million children …

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Grounded flights threaten routine vaccine supply: UN

  Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Dozens of countries risk running out of vaccines for diseases like measles because of restrictions on flights brought in to tackle the new coronavirus, the United Nations warned on Friday. The UN children’s agency UNICEF called for support to unlock a massive backlog in …

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Disruption of immunization services could trigger disease resurgence -WHO

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging countries to ensure that routine immunization programmes continues even as the organization had previously called for a postponement of immunization campaigns in countries that have recently had outbreaks of immunisable diseases like measles. When immunization services are …

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Measles threat grows amid COVID-19 crisis: vaccine group

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | With all eyes on the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, health experts fear a drop in routine vaccinations could fuel other, potentially deadlier outbreaks of diseases like measles. With nearly half of the world’s population told to stay at home, many parents are having to postpone taking their …

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Measles cases rise to 26 in Lamwo

Lamwo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Lamwo district health teams have heightened sensitization campaigns within communities in the district following an increase in cases of measles. At least 26 people have tested positive to the highly contagious infection since its outbreak early this month. The first five confirmed cases of measles …

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More funding needed to control measles epidemic in DRC- WHO

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | The World Health Organisation-WHO has asked global health partners to contribute funds towards the control of measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The call for more funding follows the declaration of a measles outbreak in the country. According to WHO, since the outbreak …

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Health Ministry to prioritize funding to tackle disease outbreaks

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Health will in 2020 prioritize raising funds to address disease  outbreaks. Last year, a number of disease outbreaks were reported in the country. These include cases of measles and rubella, cholera, malaria and three confirmed cases of Ebola. Dr Jane …

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Gov’t still probing cases of severe reactions to measles rubella vaccine

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  The Ministry of Health is still carrying out investigations on reactions following the recent Measles/Rubella immunization campaign. Dr Immaculate Ampaire, the deputy manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization says that investigations are to determine whether the recipients of the vaccine are likely …

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Measles killed more than 140,000 amid stagnating vaccine rates

Washington, United States | AFP | More than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) and US authorities said Thursday, the result of global vaccination rates that have stagnated for almost a decade. Poorer countries were hardest hit, with the vast majority of measles cases …

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