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Helen Matzger

Title Senior Program Officer
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Helen is a Senior Program Officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team supporting the Enteric and Diarrheal Disease portfolio on rotavirus and cholera vaccines. She has experience working in the private and public sectors, including time with Helen Keller International, the Institute for OneWorld Health, and the University of California, San Francisco. She has spent significant time working and living internationally including time in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a project officer for a country-wide maternal and child health and nutritional surveillance system and as director for a Phase 4 study and access program in Patna, Bihar, India. Helen has led large and complex projects involving many partners in a global setting and conducted research and authored articles published in peer-reviewed journals.


Posts By Helen Matzger

A First: Use of the Cholera Vaccine Stockpile

Last year, the World Health Organization established a 2 million dose cholera vaccine stockpile for the first time. Cholera outbreaks can be fast and explosive and if communities are not prepared, they can be deadly.

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Changing the Conversation about Rotavirus

Rotavirus is the primary cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in children under five. So why is it that so many postings I see on rotavirus are about “Causes, signs and prevention of Rotavirus in Horses”?

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My Vaccine Hero: Dr. Sakoba Keita a.k.a. “Dr. Cholera”

Despite the possible benefits of using OCVs, many people would have considered the logistics of getting the vaccines to the remote coastal areas of Guinea insurmountable – the roads are very difficult, in some areas it involves a rickety boat ride. But not Dr. Sakoba. There are those in the ministry that call Dr. Sakoba “Dr. Cholera” and the work he initiated was important in informing GAVI on their recent decision to fund cholera vaccines for endemic and epidemic use – thus his efforts now benefit not just Guinea, but all countries affected by cholera.

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2013 - The Leap Year Against Cholera: Global Support for Vaccines

2013 will be known as a leap year in progress in the fight against cholera – it is the year when global access and financing for oral cholera vaccines became available.

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Cholera in Haiti, Africa and Beyond

Progress is being made in preventing Cholera but there continue to be outbreaks in different parts of the world.

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