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WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017: Six years ago, 194 countries signed on to the Global Vaccine Action Plan, an international campaign to provide children and adults around the world with access to life-saving vaccines.
The goal of the program is to prevent millions of people from getting vaccine-preventable diseases by the time it ends in 2020. The idea is to provide universal access to vaccines to protect people of all ages, from the very young to the very old.
Dr. Flavia Bustreo, is the assistant director-general for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health at the World Health Organization.
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“Immunization and vaccines are the most powerful public health tools that we have currently, “ she said.
Millions of children saved
Bustreo says 35 years ago, 13 million children lost their lives from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
She says that number has been reduced to 6 million, but 6 million is still too high.
Today, 85 percent of children are vaccinated against measles and other deadly diseases, but Bustreo says more children need these vaccines.
“We need to have vaccination coverage that is about 90 percent, in order to have what we call the ‘herd effect’ … which means you cover the children who are vaccinated, but also, because of the reduction of transmission of infections, you also cover the children that are not vaccinated,” Bustreo said.
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Final push on polio
Because of vaccines, polio is on the brink of eradication. Polio exists in two conflict zones: in northern Nigeria and along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Last year there were 37 cases. Compare that to the 350,000 cases in 1988 when the eradication campaign began.
There’s a special urgency to vaccinate all children against polio. Dr. David Nabarro has worked on a number of health programs at the World Health Organization and now as a special envoy for the United Nations.
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“The last part of eradicating any disease is always the hardest part,” he said. “If you don’t do it, you lose everything. To do it, you’ve got to really bring all the energy and commitment you can to bear, and it requires a special kind of dedication.”
Vaccines have prevented millions of deaths and countless numbers of children from becoming disabled. By 2020, at the conclusion of the Global Vaccine Action Plan, the U.N. wants to see countries strengthen routine immunizations for all children. It wants to complete the effort to end polio and to control other vaccine-preventable diseases. Also, the goal is to be well on the way in developing new vaccines for other diseases that plague our world. (VOA)
Every year, December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is observed with a motive to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society.
It must be noted that almost one billion people out of the total population of 7 billion live with some form of disability. And, more than 100 million disabled persons are kids.
It would be right to say that persons with disabilities have been affected “disproportionately" by the health, social, and economic consequences of the global issues.
Therefore, the day is observed to raise participation of the disabled in the sustainable development of the world.
It was decided in the year 1992 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 47/3, that this day must be observed annually. The primary aim of was to increase awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in almost every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
Moreover, after working in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in the year 2006. The CRDP advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks. The main purpose behind this was to increase participation of disabled people in society, end discrimination towards them, and create equal opportunities for them.
Every year, a theme is selected, and so this year’s theme is, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world."
This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us pledge to make a friendly and sustainable environment for the disabled!
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Groove to the latest wedding song, Say Yes To The Dress India, with the king of Music, Badshah, who for the first time, will be donning five never seen before avatars including that of an event manager, pandit, chef, rapper and a fashion designer in the music video displaying an Indian wedding. The song will be available on all leading audio streaming services.
Joining him as the female lead singer is Payal Dev and the track is composed by Aditya Dev, produced by The Content Team. Highly celebrated Punit J Pathak has choreographed it. The video showcase real-time brides but also successfully brings out the show's core theme of fun, celebration and giving each bride the attention they deserve. While the show is visually mesmerizing, the rapper's newest wedding track is sure to get one swaying, making its way to the top of your playlist!
It's always a fun time working with Badshah and this song is nothing less than magic to the ears. Since we thoroughly enjoy this track ourselves, I am sure the audiences too will give it just the amount of love it deserves", said Singer Payal Dev. Neeraj Sharma, Founder and Principal producer of The Content Team said, "We at 'TCT' believe in coming up with creative solutions that bring audiences closer to the content. Buoyed by the recent successes of some of the prestigious singing reality shows in India, we have a fair understanding of what consumers are looking forward to in the music industry. We are thrilled to bring to you the biggest shaadi blockbuster of the year." (IANS/ MBI)
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Rapper Cardi B has been named Playboy's first-ever creative director in residence. The 'WAP' hitmaker took to social media to share the news, which will see her become the very first person to be creative director in residence of the iconic brand, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Sharing the news on Instagram, she said: "Introducing the FIRST EVER Creative Director In Residence at the legendary @playboy, it's ME!!! Joining the @playboy family is a dream and I know y'all are going to love what we put together. "I'm startin this party right as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of Centerfold the new creator-led platform from Playboy coming soon!! We're going to have soooooo much fun."
According to a press release obtained by People magazine, Cardi's role will involve providing "artistic direction" across the Playboy brand. | IANS
According to a press release obtained by People magazine, Cardi's role will involve providing "artistic direction" across the Playboy brand. The release stated: "Cardi will provide artistic direction across co-branded fashion and sexual wellness merchandise collections, digital editorial, experiential activations and more. "In addition, Cardi B will serve as the Founding Creative Director and a founding member of Playboy's upcoming creator-led platform, Centerfold."
According to People, Centerfold is expected to launch this month and will be Playboy's social content platform that will offer creators tools to directly interact with fans. In the release, 29-year-old Cardi said: "It is a dream come true to officially join the Playboy family. I can't believe this is real. For as long as I can remember, I've felt connected to Playboy. It's truly the original platform for uncensored creativity and I'm inspired by its incredible legacy of fighting for personal freedoms. I have so many ideas already - I can't wait! "I'm also excited to launch our new creator-led platform, Centerfold. Creators today deserve to express themselves freely and unfiltered. They deserve to feel safe in their creativity and sexuality. And they deserve to own their future. "This is what Centerfold is all about. For all those creators out there doing bold, revolutionary, truly culture-shifting things, come join me." (IANS/ MBI)
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