Tuberculosis is a preventable and curable disease, yet before the pandemic, it killed more people than any other infectious disease.
Over the last two years, routine immunisation services and coverage of essential childhood vaccines have been disrupted.
Machine learning can spot patterns in patient data and help detect hepatitis B earlier, which could save lives.
The pandemic has disrupted national immunisation programmes. As a result, the African continent is seeing more outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.
The risk of serious disease outbreaks among NZ children is now very real. Some childhood immunisation rates have dropped from about 80% in early 2020 to 67% by June 2022, and as low as 45% for Māori.
As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.
Now is not the time to ease up the prevention effort, or decades of progress could be undone.
Effective health care interventions are very important for sub-Saharan Africa because the region has a high burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.
Even when cases of measles are detected in clinics, limited diagnostic and communication infrastructure can delay the response.
Angola’s yellow fever outbreak has been declared a grade 2 emergency by the World Health Organisation.