Low-cost pneumonia vaccine breaks into global market

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By Ann Danaiya Usher

The Lancet, May 18, 2019

 

The Executive Director of the Serum Institute Suresh Jadhav says that he expects the approval process to be completed before the end of the year.

Gavi has already included the new product in its line-up for next year, with a list price of $6 per immunised child. A Gavi spokesperson explained that a country wishing to introduce the new vaccine or to switch to the Serum Institute of India's product must first express demand for the vaccine. UNICEF then initiates procurement activities with the manufacturer. This process can start right away, although supply arrangements can only be finalised when the WHO prequalification is complete.”

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New York Times Releases Article Introducing Butterfly iQ As Diagnostic Tool For Early Stage Pneumonia

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The New York Times has just published an article featuring a new and exciting pneumonia diagnostic tool: Butterfly iQ. The Butterfly iQ scanners are primarily used to check for pneumonia, which is a major killer of children in poor countries and is frequently misdiagnosed. However, Dr. Cherniak and his team have found other exciting uses for the device. 

 

"The Butterfly is about the size of an electric shaver. It is battery-powered and contains microchips rather than piezoelectric crystals, so it usually won’t break if dropped. (That was accidentally tested a few times during a week that a reporter spent in rural Uganda with Dr. Cherniak’s team.)

For Butterfly Network, the Connecticut company that makes it, the profitable target customers are doctors and nurses who can afford a $2,000 device that fits in a coat pocket and is as portable as a stethoscope. But the scanner also has huge potential in rural Africa, Asia and Latin America, where the nearest X-ray machine may be hours away and the only CT and MRI scanners may be in the nation’s capital."

 

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The Center For Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy: Access Barriers to Antibiotics

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by Isabel Frost, Jess Craig, Jyoti Joshi, and Ramanan Laxminarayan

 

 

"In this report, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) conducted stakeholder interviews in Uganda, India, and Germany, and literature reviews to identify key access barriers to antibiotics in low-, middle-, and high-income countries.

 

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USAID, Just Launched: AI in Global Health

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Over the past several years, we have seen a wave of emerging technologies, from blockchain and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to artificial intelligence (AI), demonstrate significant potential to alter and disrupt multiple sectors, including healthcare. All too often, though, the global health community is a late adopter of these promising new technologies. We believe that, as technologies like AI are still early-stage and rapidly evolving, the development community has an important opportunity to explore and shape the market to ensure that technologies are appropriately and effectively introduced and scaled.

 

Recognizing the huge potential of AI in global health, The Rockefeller Foundation and United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) have partnered, in close coordination with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop AI in Global Health: Defining a Collective Path Forward. This report identifies opportunities for donors, governments, investors, the private sector, and other stakeholders to explore and accelerate the appropriate development and cost-effective use of AI at scale in global health.

 

AI in Global Health:Explores the current state of the art of AI in healthcare to determine use cases with the highest potential in the global health contextAssesses the most critical challenges to scaling AI in low- and middle-income countries to understand which barriers may require more strategic and deliberate interventionExplores potential investments as part of a coordinated approach to funding this space effectively

 

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INFUSE 2019: Calling on innovators with solutions for immunizing in complex urban, developing country settings

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Above: Photo by Gavi/2016/Rachel Belt

 

In 2019, INFUSE is looking for innovations uniquely positioned to address immunisation challenges in urban settings. Through this call, Gavi is seeking innovations that aim to address the specific challenges involved in assuring that children living in urban areas are reached with immunisation.

 

In 2018, 55% of the world’s population lived in urban settings. By 2050, this figure is expected to rise to almost 70%. This rapid growth will add nearly 2.5 billion people to urban areas, with 90% of the expansion occurring in Asia and Africa.

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Overview of WHO recommendations on digital interventions for health system strengthening

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May 2, 2019   Presentations to the Digital Health and Innovations

sub-group of the Child Health Task Force

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Northwestern University team develops wireless sensors for intrapartum and newborn monitoring, published in Science

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Published in Science, 28 February 2019: A team from Northwestern University has published on their wireless sensor technology, used for intrapartum and newborn monitoring.

 

 

"In neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), continuous monitoring of vital signs is essential, particularly in cases of severe prematurity. Current monitoring platforms require multiple hard-wired, rigid interfaces to a neonate’s fragile, underdeveloped skin and, in some cases, invasive lines inserted into their delicate arteries. These platforms and their wired interfaces pose risks for iatrogenic skin injury, create physical barriers for skin-to-skin parental/ neonate bonding, and frustrate even basic clinical tasks. Technologies that bypass these limitations and provide additional, advanced physiological monitoring capabilities would directly address an unmet clinical need for a highly vulnerable population.

 

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The Pneumonia Innovations Network Partners with the American Thoracic Society

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We are pleased to announce that the Pneumonia Innovations Network has partnered with The American Thoracic Society (ATS)!

 

The ATS is a nonprofit organization focused on improving care for pulmonary diseases, critical illnesses and sleep-related breathing disorders. The PIN is a member of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR), which represents a central component of the ATS and is the patient arm of the Society.   To learn more about the ATS and to get info on the ATS 2019 conference, visit their website.    
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EarlySense Selected by Save the Children for an Evaluation of Neonatal Health Monitoring Technologies in Africa

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The Evaluation is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and targeted to achieve reduction in Neonatal Mortality.

 

Woburn, MA, February 05, 2019 ­– EarlySense, the market leader in contact-free continuous monitoring solutions across the care continuum, announced today that it has been selected for a pilot project with Save the Children, an international nonprofit that works in 120 countries. This work is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Continuous monitoring sensors will be tested first at Aga Khan University - Nairobi teaching hospital and then Pumwani Maternity Hospital, to monitor key health vitals of neonates in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

According to USAID, Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s highest newborn death rate (34 per 1,000 births), with its infant deaths accounting for one-third of under-five deaths globally. With EarlySense sensors, nurses and physicians will be able to continuously track key vital signs, including heart rate and respiratory rate, as well as motion. This real-time monitoring is designed to provide a broad picture of neonates’ health and alert staff ahead of potential adverse events, enabling them to act quickly to improve care and prevent deaths. The contact-free sensor is placed under the bed mattress and requires no wires or hookups to the neonate.

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Newly released: WHO Operational Guide on Child Death Audits

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The WHO recently released new guidelines, "Improving the quality of paediatric care: an operational guide for facility-based audit and review of paediatric mortality," to Child Health Task Force members. 

 

"This new publication is focused on improving pediatric quality of care by providing guidance for establishing and conducting pediatric death audits and reviews. It assists health providers to identify patterns of morbidity, mortality, modifiable factors, and interventions to improve quality of care and outcomes in health facilities. As quality of care is a cross-cutting theme across our Child Health Task Force subgroups, we hope these guidelines may be of use in your work. Investigating a child's death shows the bereaved family and the community that the life of each child is important, the death is being taken seriously, and health workers are committed to learning and improving their practice."

 

Access the new guidelines here. 

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Dräger launches new respiratory support system for newborns

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PRESS RELEASE: January 28, 2019

 

Dräger has launched a new respiratory support system for newborns: Seattle PAP. Seattle PAP is a patented innovation developed in the USA for the treatment of respiratory distress symptoms in babies and children. It helps respond to the global need for an affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain respiratory support system for Neonatal Care.

 

How does Seattle PAP work? 

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The recent staggering decline in pneumonia R&D funding

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Pneumonia Innovations Network Co-Chair, Leith Greenslade shares the latest G-Finder Report figures that paint a grim picture: "According to the G-Finder Report, Global R&D funding for pneumonia drops sharply in 2017. Global R&D for pneumonia is at its lowest level since 2008."

 

 

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Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia

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The World Economic Forum says Davos 2019 should all be about setting a course for Globalisation 4.0. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

 

by Larry Elliot

Published in The Guardian, 20 January 2019

 

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LiST analysis by JHU updated, pneumonia death projections by country through 2030

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This analysis is based on analysis using the LiST tool performed by Johns Hopkins University. For this analysis, different projections were performed. The modelling looks at the following five scenarios: 1) if we do nothing; 2) increase in Hib and PCV vaccination rates to 90% of higher by 2030; 3) reaching WHA targets for reductions in stunting and wasting and increases in breastfeeding;  4) increasing oral antibiotics for pneumonia and injectable antibiotics for neonatal infection to 90% by 2030 or 5) a combination of 2, 3 and 4.

 

See projections for pneumonia deaths by country here. 

 

 

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Interview with Dr. Ellie Cannon on why so many children are lost to pneumonia in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Listen to this BBC radio interview with Dr. Ellie Cannon as she highlights her trip to a health clinic in the DRC. 

 

Click here to access the audio link. 

 

 

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University of Edinburgh's WPD 2018 Symposium talks now available

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For those who wanted to attend the University of Edinburgh's WPD 2018 Symposium but were unable to attend the event, we have great news:

 

The live stream talks for the event have been recorded and made available! 

 

 

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James Sale of SCUK presents for Brussels WPD2018

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Access to health not for all

The EU has pioneered Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Health Systems Strengthening in global health. During the event Save the Children tells a story that cuts to the heart of UHC. The story of why pneumonia kills children, shows who and what we neglect in health systems in partner countries. It speaks to the interdependence of health, nutrition, gender equality and access to water and sanitation. Pneumonia is preventable, it shouldn’t be the biggest killer of children. The reasons why it is, shows that poor and marginalised children are still among the most left behind. The solution to ending preventable child deaths from diseases like pneumonia is to strengthen health systems and provide access to healthcare for all.

 

 

Watch James Sale, SCUK Health and Finance Policy Advisor, give an excellent presentation at SC Brussels World Pneumonia Day lunchtime conference in partnership with DG Devco at the European Commission here.

 

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WPD2018 Snapshot: AGIS Côte d'Ivoire Conference

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Chaired by Professor Timité Konan A Marguerite, Honorary Professor of Pediatrics and President of the Ivorian Pediatrics Society, the conference saw the effective participation of the National Mother and The Child Health Program, representing the Ministry of Hygiene and Public Health, also the participation of the Pasteur Institute, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Côte d'Ivoire Red-Cross, the Concern Health Education project of Ghana and Save The Children in Côte d’Ivoire.

 

In Côte d'Ivoire, according to figures from the 2014 and 2015 Annual Health Situation Reports (AHSR), the incidence rate of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) is increasing with more than 202 cases per 1000 children in 2015 as compared to 165 cases out of every 1000 in 2014. ARI, including pneumonia, remain one of the major causes of children under 5 years death. Caused by viruses and bacteria, ARI impact could be reduced by acting on risk factors, particularly respiratory infections, malnutrition and air pollution which is very high in the country.

 

Head of AGIS, Sylla Aboubakar, congratulated conference attendees for active participation at this conference and called upon the organizations to work together to develop interventions to tackle the quiet and killer which is becoming the number one cause of under five mortality in Côte d’Ivoire.

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Save the Children releases new pneumonia videos

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Save the Children has recently released new video content around child pneumonia. 

 

 

View the videos by clicking on each of the video titles or embedded videos below:

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SPRINT program announced by UNICEF

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UNICEF Program Division and Supply Division teams were recently awarded $4M catalytic funding from the UNICEF Office of the Executive Director for 4 years to support the "Scaling Pneumonia Response Innovations" (SPRINT) project. The project will be initially rolled out in two countries (TBD). The project builds upon ongoing UNICEF investments managed by the Markets, Supply Financing, Innovation Center (MSFIC) in Copenhagen.

 

See the SPRINT Project brief below:

 

 

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