Beating Cervical Cancer In The Developing World - A Game-Changing Partnership To Create A 'New Normal' For Girls
An audacious ambition requires a game-changing approach. Beating cervical cancer in the developing world is a huge undertaking and one that requires a fundamentally new way of approaching the problem - combining vital supply of vaccinations with demand for these vaccinations from the girls whose lives could be saved.
Millions of pounds of British aid money may have been spent on mansions and motors by officials in Sierra Leone, according
Vaccines are also highly cost-effective compared to the cost of medical treatment and the loss of potential and productivity through death and ill-health. For scarcely more than the price of a large cup of coffee, for example, a child can be vaccinated against five major childhood killers including diphtheria and tetanus.
HIV/Aids is no longer the death sentence it once was. But while millions of HIV positive people lead healthy and productive lives, we still have nine million people who still cannot access treatment. We also have a long way to go on preventing new infections.
There has been an unwritten rule that it can take 15 years or longer between the introduction of new life-saving vaccines in rich countries and their widespread use in the poorest nations. It's a tragic and unnecessary time-lag that has cost the lives of many millions of children.
The GAVI Alliance and our partners UNICEF and WHO are working with Ghana's Ministry of Health to plan a massive celebration in Accra on April 26, during World Immunization Week, at which the first children will be vaccinated.
Now British summer time has officially begun... The days are getting longer and warmer. Possibly the odd barbeque or two is on the horizon? At the same time our palates begin the seasonal migration from the cosy winter nest of full bodied reds or richer whites to more lighter, cooler style wines.
A prime minister under pressure. A coalition government rebelling over whether money should be spent on a granddad at home or a 'bloke from Somalia' instead. A key finance bill is at stake. Deals are quickly made and unmade, alliances forged and broken, with an ever more pressing deadline that could see a premier fall... That was the dilemma at the heart of last week's Borgen - the Danish political thriller on BBC4.