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PMI Is a Vital Partner to End Malaria

PMI excels at delivering our best tools quickly and efficiently to the people at greatest risk.

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Lao PDR to Immunize more than 760,000 people against seasonal influenza

On April 30th, the Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) will roll out the 2014 campaign to immunize more than 760,000 people against seasonal influenza. Pregnant women are the primary focus of the effort. This represents the first activity of the Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), which began as a 2012 collaboration between the Government of Lao PDR, Walgreens Company, UPS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to support introduction of seasonal influenza vaccination in low and middle income countries. Pregnant women are targeted because they have a high risk of severe complications of influenza if they get infected, and there is compelling evidence that influenza vaccination during pregnancy can have positive health effect both on the woman and her baby. As a direct result of the partners’ contributions, Lao PDR conducted its first-ever seasonal influenza vaccination campaign in the spring of 2012, administering 355,000 doses of influenza vaccine. The following year, Nicaragua joined the project and Walgreens, UPS, bioCSL, Becton Dickinson and Company, and the U.S. Air Force each donated resources.

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A Rocky Road to Health for the Children of Laos

In 2007, with Measles Initiative support, Laos held a nationwide measles campaign that dramatically reduced casescases of measles. The government increased funding for immunization, and overall coverage is now on the rise.

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