Featured Issues – VoICE

Featured Issues

The VoICE Featured Issues are created to update and inform the global child health & immunization advocacy community and health-related communications stakeholders about contemporary topics where immunizations intersect with health and economics. The VoICE editors follow a topic through different sectors and with different perspectives, to outline its linkages to vaccination and broader development ideas. These features also serve as an illustration of how evidence-based messages, backed by credible data, can be used to communicate important immunization and health benefit messages to the global community. We will often publish these features in preparation for upcoming advocacy events or campaigns.

Scenes at the rural health clinic in the village of Aningeje in Cross River State an hours drive from Calabar, Nigeria. Health workers were carrying out routine immunisation of under fives and pregnant mothers. The women walked in or arranged lifts on the back of motorbikes many holding umbrellas to protect their babies from the intense heat of the sun.

Gender equity and vaccines: an equal shot at health

Last month at the G7 meeting in Canada, global leaders met to consider gender equality, one of the 5 key themes Canada will advance during their tenure. Partners, experts and representatives in the immunization world echoed this emphasis on gender at the Global Immunization Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda just a few days ago. The issues of gender and gender equity within immunization are complex, and designing research to study equity gaps can be difficult. To understand what we do know about immunization and gender, women’s empowerment and gender equity, the VoICE team this month features an overview of these issues.

NEW RESEARCH CLIFF NOTES: Equity and Poverty Reduction Impact of Vaccines

In February 2018, Angela Chang and colleagues released a widely publicized study in Health Affairs estimating the death and economic impoverishment (due to medical expenses) that could be averted in 41 low-income nations through the use of 10 vaccine antigens from 2016-2030. Here, the VoICE team brings you “New Research Cliff Notes”, where we provide a high-level explanation of this new study, important considerations, notes on interpretation and drivers of the study’s estimates.

The vicious cycle of undernutrition and infectious disease: How does it work and what role do vaccines play?

Undernutrition and infectious diseases are tightly linked in a self-reinforcing cycle. Childhood episodes of diarrhea, pneumonia and measles are exacerbated by undernutrition, which significantly contributes to the death toll from these infections. In this feature, the VoICE team explains the cycle of malnutrition and infectious disease, and brings you evidence of the ways in which vaccines interrupt this cycle and help to protect the overall health, growth and physical development of vulnerable children.

Person holding X-ray

Cancer and immunization: More than meets the eye

Evidence from several disciplines indicates that immunization has a broader role to play in lessening the impact of cancer than one might expect. While it may be obvious that the widespread and growing use of vaccines against Hepatitis B and human papilloma virus (HPV) is directly responsible for preventing a significant number of related cancers, immunization against a host of other diseases may indirectly help to prevent additional cancers while helping to protect the health of immune-compromised cancer patients considerably. Read on for a brief explanation of how vaccines can prevent cancer, protect cancer patients and more.

WIW2018 Group of People

World Immunization Week - Social Media Toolkit

Leveraging the theme of World Immunization Week (April 24-30), Protected Together #Vaccineswork, the VoICE team has developed social media content pairing evidence from the compendium with the priority messaging areas of WIW2018 advocacy partners. We invite you to download our WIW2018 social media toolkit.

IVAC WIW2018 Social Media Toolkit

Boy with Pneumonia

Pneumonia vaccines - Secret weapons in the war on poverty

Childhood pneumonia is arguably the most unfair affliction in the world. Not only is pneumonia the leading infectious cause of death in children less than 5 years of age – taking the lives of more than 100 children each hour, nearly a million per year – but it disproportionately affects those living in the poorest households and in the poorest countries around the world. Hib, pneumococcal, measles and pertussis vaccines are turning the tide in the battle against childhood pneumonia, and are helping to erase the complex inequity into which children living in poverty are born. Read on to find out why and what role vaccines are playing in the war on poverty.