Vaccination: From Policy Analysis to Personal Practice for a First-Time Mom

A full circle moment: My son receives his rotavirus vaccine. - See more at: http://defeatdd.org/blog/vaccination-policy-analysis-personal-practice-first-time-mom#sthash.jPAg2ACV.dpuf
A full circle moment: My son receives his rotavirus vaccine. – See more at: http://defeatdd.org/blog/vaccination-policy-analysis-personal-practice-first-time-mom#sthash.jPAg2ACV.dpuf

Guest post by Erin Sosne, Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Advocacy and Public Policy Department at PATH. This post originally appeared on DefeatDD.org.

With the measles outbreak dominating the US vaccine-related news (and jeopardizing a trip my two-month old baby and I planned to take to visit family in southern California), I wanted to share some positive news.

Last week, I joined mothers (and fathers) around the world and took my baby boy to receive his first series of childhood vaccines, including the vaccine against rotavirus.  As a person working on vaccine-related policy issues, I awoke with a number of emotions and thoughts running through my head:

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5 Global Health Stories We’re Following This Year

2015 will be an interesting year in global health primarily because this is the year when the Millennium Development Goals should ideally be reached. Global health experts admit that many of the goals, for example MDG5, will not be reached globally even though some of them have already been reached on a country level. Ethiopia effectively reached MDG4 along with Bangladesh, Liberia, Malawi, Nepal, and Tanzania according to … Continue reading 5 Global Health Stories We’re Following This Year

Our 7 Favorite #NGO Vine Videos of the Year

There were really powerful and poignant Vine videos that were published by NGOs, foundations, and nonprofits this year. Even though adding Vine into their social media repertoire hasn’t hit a tipping point within the nonprofit community yet, we still believe Vine is an effective medium to convey short, but impactful messages. Here are our seven favorite Vine videos of the year — in no particular order. Gates … Continue reading Our 7 Favorite #NGO Vine Videos of the Year

Our Top 10 Recommended NGO Videos of 2014

Effective video making is a powerful form of storytelling. Videos, when done well, get to the heart of the matter quickly and leave people wanting to know more, do more, and donate more. These videos encompass all of those things and also made us want to delve more into not only their messages, but also spread the word. Here are our top 10 NGO video … Continue reading Our Top 10 Recommended NGO Videos of 2014

India Launches Massive Scale-Up of Pentavalent Vaccine

This month begins a massive scale-up of Pentavalent vaccine for India’s children. With the largest rate of child mortality in the world, this new, national immunization effort will help reduce the number of child deaths in India. The Pentavalent vaccine combines diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) with hepatitis B (hepB) and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Haemophilus influenzae type b kills 72,000 Indian children each year. Currently there are 6.8 million unimmunized children in … Continue reading India Launches Massive Scale-Up of Pentavalent Vaccine

GAVI Alliance Publishes 2012 Progress Report

Did you know there are 22 million children who still do not have access to vaccines? This is according to GAVI Alliance’s recently released 2012 Progress Report. Despite the high number of children who are not being vaccinated GAVI met and achieved many global milestones that are highlighted in its 2012 timeline including attracting $38 million US in pledges for childhood immunizations in January and securing … Continue reading GAVI Alliance Publishes 2012 Progress Report

Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

Every year Bill Gates, the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, writes an annual letter laying out his vision for the future of global health and poverty eradication. This year’s letter, which can be read at billsletter.com, espouses the critical importance of measurement in saving more lives. In fact, Gates uses measurement in business as an example of its parallel importance in global … Continue reading Bill Gates On the Importance of Measurement in Global Health #BillsLetter

Using Your Storytelling Powers for Good Session at EVO

Above: Tracey Clark and Kristen Doyle discuss how they were able to raise money and awareness about the Shot@Life campaign through their #Shot4Shot campaign. Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. Last Saturday the UN Foundation and its Shot@Life campaign sponsored a session at EVO social media conference for … Continue reading Using Your Storytelling Powers for Good Session at EVO

Why Reaching the Age of Five in Developing Countries is Critical to Survival

Every year over seven million children in developing countries die before the critical age of five. Research shows that once children reach the age of five they have an increased chance of surviving through adulthood, but there are several challenges they must overcome first. This April, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), along with key partners including ONE, launched Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday, … Continue reading Why Reaching the Age of Five in Developing Countries is Critical to Survival

Join the Shot@Life Dad Chat – May 31 from 9-10 PM EST

This Thursday our partner Shot@Life is the featured campaign for this week’s #DadsChat with Bruce Sallen. Shot@Life champions will be special guests during the chat to talk about the events and activities they have done to teach their children how to give back and also spread the word about Shot@Life. What is a dad chat? Bruce Sallan is the author of “A Dad’s Point-of-View: We … Continue reading Join the Shot@Life Dad Chat – May 31 from 9-10 PM EST

Telling Stories from Africa: Holly Pavlika Visits Tanzania With Shot@Life

Holly Pavlika, the President of MOMentum/Big Fuel and marketing to moms expert is in Tanzania this week with Shot@Life where she serves as a Shot@Life Champion. Shot@Life educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save children’s lives in developing countries. (Disclosure: Shot@Life is a partner Mom Bloggers for Social Good). After overcoming a rough start to her journey in Africa Pavlika is now sharing poignant stories and social … Continue reading Telling Stories from Africa: Holly Pavlika Visits Tanzania With Shot@Life

Vaccine Effectiveness – 1980 Through Today

In listening to a talk last week in Atlanta given by Dr. Jacob Kumaresan, the Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations in New York, I learned a fascinating statistic about vaccine effectiveness. In 1980 before the mass roll-out of vaccines there was one child death per second from deadly, yet preventable diseases like pneumonia, rotavirus, and measles. By 2000 the death rate was … Continue reading Vaccine Effectiveness – 1980 Through Today

Shot@Life Campaign Launches in Atlanta

Last week I was in Atlanta on a National Press Foundation and UN Foundation press fellowship to learn more about global vaccines. I along with the nine other fellows received a comprehensive overview of the global vaccines landscape from experts from UNICEF, CDC, the UN Foundation and the United Nations. I will blog about what we learned throughout the week. We also attended the Shot@Life official launch at … Continue reading Shot@Life Campaign Launches in Atlanta

Heading to Atlanta to Learn More About Global Vaccines

I recently received a National Press Foundation and UN Foundation Global Vaccines Press Fellowship and will be in Atlanta from Wednesday to Thursday this week to learn more about global vaccines from the leading global health organizations, non-profits, and NGOs in the world. The other press fellows and I will learn about everything about vaccine-preventable diseases to hearing hear vaccine stories on the ground from developing countries. … Continue reading Heading to Atlanta to Learn More About Global Vaccines

Ghana Set to Roll Out Two Vaccines Next Week

Starting on April 21 through April 28 the world will celebrate World Immunization Month. It’s a pivotal time for global health to celebrate milestones in the advancement of vaccine awareness and implementation. On Thursday, April 26 Ghana will roll out two vaccines – pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines –  in order to drastically reduce the number of childhood deaths in their country that can be prevented. … Continue reading Ghana Set to Roll Out Two Vaccines Next Week