Giving zinc as a supplement along with antibiotics can significantly reduce mortality by lowering treatment failure in children suffering from serious infections such as pneumonia and meningitis, a

Researchers are close to finding a shot that protects against many strains of meningococcal B, the most prevalent cause of a rare but serious infection affecting brain and spinal cord membranes.

Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (Sasscal) is intended to support cross-border research and land management.

Introduction of Haemophilus Influenza type B (HiB) containing pentavalent vaccines in the Universal Immunization Program (UIP) was a far sighted decision taken in 2009 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. This decision was based on the recommendations of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and was aimed at reducing the burden of HiB related infections.

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Nine years ago, a small group of infectious-disease experts gambled on an unorthodox strategy to make a much-needed—and affordable—vaccine for Africa. Last Monday in Burkina Faso, it paid off in spades with the kickoff of a massive campaign to immunize 20 million people in three African countries against deadly meningococcal meningitis by the end of December.

Pune The Serum Institute is planning to bring MenAfricVac, the conjugate meningitis vaccine it developed for Africa, to India.

New Delhi: Come Monday, an indigenous vaccine will help rid Africa of meningitis, one of the continent

First affordable and effective weapon against killer meningococcal meningitis A rolled out in Africa.

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The story of how pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) in the recent swine flu scare and the saga of the undeclared conflicts of interests of members of the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts has set off alarm bells around the world. When trusted advisors are less than honest, the potential for harm is great, and the feeling of betrayal is poignant.