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In this issue:
- Reaching zero-dose children in Nepal
- Typhoid community gathers at ASTMH
- Niger surgeons Take on Typhoid
- TyVAC project director honored with Founder’s Day award
- Don’t Miss Out! Register for the International Conference on Typhoid and Invasive Salmonelloses by Nov 13!
- Scientific publications
Reaching zero-dose children in Nepal
While planning for their national typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) campaign in 2022, Nepal seized the opportunity to reach zero-dose children – those younger than 2 years old who have not received any routine vaccinations – or who are under-immunized. In addition to vaccinating more than 7 million children with TCV, trained healthcare workers used vaccination cards to identify children who had previously missed routine vaccinations. At the time of TCV administration, healthcare workers recorded incomplete vaccinations on the card for each child and provided guidance to caregivers, advising them to visit the nearest health facility to access missed vaccines. Intentional outreach and capturing lessons learned through the introduction of TCV provide a roadmap to identify zero-dose and under-immunized children to ensure all children receive life-saving vaccines.
Typhoid community gathers at ASTMH
Scientists, researchers, clinicians, and students recently gathered to discuss the latest scientific advances in tropical medicine, hygiene, and global health at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) annual meeting. This year’s conference included some of the latest data on typhoid and TCV. We congratulate Dr. Matthew Laurens who was awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal for distinguished work in tropical medicine at the conference.
The Coalition against Typhoid hosted a symposium titled, “Strategies for prevention and control of typhoid and cholera outbreaks,” bringing together global health and infectious disease experts to showcase progress toward the development of typhoid diagnostics, specifically in outbreak settings. In addition, the Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium (TyVAC) hosted a symposium titled, “Generating data on typhoid conjugate vaccine to save lives – clinical studies to country introduction,” which presented updated data from on-going TCV trials in Malawi and Nepal, shared lessons from country introductions in Malawi and Nepal, and discussed the importance of data to policymakers. Read more about efforts to Take on Typhoid here.
Niger surgeons Take on Typhoid
In July, surgeons and medical professionals from Niger convened with local and international typhoid experts, academicians, and representatives from the Minister of Health for the first National Typhoid Conference in Niamey, Niger. Typhoid is a public health crisis in Niger, but like many other countries with significant typhoid, there is limited capacity to confirm a diagnosis using blood cultures tested in a laboratory. Coupled with the lack of access to care, particularly in rural areas, surgeons see an alarmingly high number of typhoid intestinal perforation (TIP), a late complication of typhoid. TCV and improvements in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) remain the best tools to control typhoid and decrease its detrimental impacts.
TyVAC project director honored with Founder’s Day award
Dr. Kathleen Neuzil has led TyVAC since its inception in 2017. A globally recognized vaccinologist with deep expertise in epidemiology, international clinical trials, and vaccine policy, Dr. Neuzil was awarded the 2023 University of Maryland, Baltimore, Researcher of the Year Founders Week Award. This award recognizes Dr. Neuzil’s dedication to vaccine development and equitable distribution, including TCV.
Learn more from Dr. Neuzil about why WASH matters in enteric disease – to include typhoid – prevention and control.
Don’t Miss Out! Register for the International Conference on Typhoid and Invasive Salmonelloses by Nov 13!
The registration deadline for the 13th International Conference on Typhoid and Invasive Salmonelloses has been extended to Nov 13. This event promises to be an enriching and informative experience, with a focus on the latest research and innovations in the fight against typhoid and iNTS. Register now!
|Environmental sampling for typhoidal Salmonellas in household and surface waters in Nepal identifies potential transmission pathways
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|Maintaining the momentum to Take on Typhoid: ASTMH Annual Meeting
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