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.
March 12, 2015 / Helen Matzger
In Mohsand, India, community health workers prioritize vaccinations.
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February 24, 2015 / Helen Matzger
Vaccine stockpiles protect South Sudanese refugees against cholera.
June 09, 2014 / Helen Matzger
The world has made great strides against cholera, but more work is needed.
May 16, 2014 / Helen Matzger
Health workers are thinking outside the box to ensure children are immunized in hard to reach areas.
February 26, 2014 / Helen Matzger
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.
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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