New research reveals that 32% of Adolescents say that vaccines can be dangerous

The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) has today published a study which shows that around a third of adolescents in six European countries believe that vaccines can be dangerous.

The research, which was conducted by ComRes on behalf of CoMO, surveyed 3,026 participants aged 14 to 18 from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Poland between 24th March and 3rd April 2017. The study sought to examine adolescents’:
- Knowledge and perceptions of vaccinations
- Awareness and understanding of meningitis
- Preferred communication channels for receiving information on vaccines.

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Putting communities at the center of disease prevention


Ebola taught us many things, including the disregard viruses show to international borders.

In the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, the world’s capacity to prepare and respond to major health threats was described as “woefully insufficient” by a high-level panel convened by then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Yet, despite major post-Ebola reforms, our vulnerability to these threats remains unacceptably high. Why?


U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Expands To Sierra Leone

US Malaria Initiative

On Thursday, September 21, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)—a U.S. government initiative led by USAID and implemented together with CDC—will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and expand its existing program in Burkina Faso.

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Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas

More than 1 million doses of Gavi-funded cholera vaccines heading to Sierra Leone after severe flooding and landslides

News release

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5 September 2017 | Freetown - Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday.

The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500 confirmed deaths. Hundreds more people were reported missing in the wake of the disaster, according to the Office of National Security, while thousands were displaced from their homes.

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