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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why the world needs a malaria vaccine

The mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal, killing more humans than any other; and malaria remains one of the world's most stubborn health challenges.

World Book Day - April 23

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by UNESCO to promote readingpublishing and copyright.

 In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

World Malaria Day(WMD) - April 25

World Malaria Day sprung out of the efforts taking place across the African continent to commemorate Africa Malaria Day

WMD is one of 8 official Global Public Health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health DayWorld Blood Donor DayWorld Immunization WeekWorld Tuberculosis DayWorld No Tobacco DayWorld Hepatitis Day and World AIDS Day

World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international observance commemorated every year on 25 April and recognizes global efforts to control malaria.

 Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria.

 In 2012, malaria caused an estimated 627,000 deaths, mostly among African children

 Asia, Latin America, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and parts of Europe are also affected.

Immunisation: How it greatly reduces disease, disability and death worldwide

 Getting immunised is important to protect yourself as well as those around you. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), immunisation averts two to three million deaths from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles every year. This indicates that there is arguably no single preventive health intervention more cost-effective than immunisation.
However 22.6 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines, mostly in developing countries.
World Immunization Week is observed in the last week of April each year. This year, it is held from 24-30 April. It aims to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation throughout one's life.
Here are some facts on immunisation:
  • Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, polio and tetanus.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths and many million lives were protected from illness.
  • Any licensed vaccine is rigorously tested before it is approved for use, regularly reassessed and constantly monitored for side effects. In the rare event a serious side effect is reported, it is immediately investigated.
  • WHO data reveals that more children are being immunised worldwide than ever before. During 2015, an estimated 116 million children under the age of one worldwide received three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3) vaccine that protects against infectious diseases that can have serious illness and disability or be fatal.
  • The first ever vaccine against malaria will be piloted in three African nations in 2018. A new vaccine against dengue has licensed in several countries.
  • Accelerated immunisation activities have reduced the number of deaths from measles, which is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It can lead to a high fever, rash and can cause blindness, encephalitis or even death.
  • Vaccinations not only prevent the suffering and death associated with infectious diseases, but also help enable national priorities like education and economic development to take hold.

Zaheer Khan gets engaged to actress Sagarika Ghatge

The rumours of an alleged relationship between Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan and Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge have been doing rounds around the internet world for quite some time, but today, the fast bowler himself took to Twitter to announce that he has been engaged with the Chak De India actress.

Arkansas Carries Out First Double Execution in US Since 2000 Monday April 24,2017

Arkansas carried out back-to-back executions on Monday night April 24,2017, administering lethal injections to two men convicted of rape and murder to become the first U.S. state to put more than one inmate to death on the same day in 17 years.

Jack Jones was convicted of raping and killing Mary Phillips, 34, in 1995 and trying to murder her 11-year-old daughter. He also was convicted of rape and murder in Florida.
Marcel Williams was convicted of the 1997 kidnapping, rape and murder of 22-year-old Stacy Errickson. He also abducted and raped two other women.
The two men were among eight that the state had initially planned to execute over the course of 11 days this month, prompted by the impending expiration date of the state's supplies of midazolam, a sedative used as part of the three-drug protocol.

Britain's gold medallist cycling heroes Jason and Laura Kenny Receives CBE Tuesday April 25,2017

Laura and Jason Kenny were among a host of Olympians honoured at Buckingham Palace Tuesday April 25,2017

The nation's favourite cycling couple received CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) accolades from Princess Anne for the string of gold medals they won for Team GB at Rio 2016.
Mrs Kenny beams with delight as she is given the honour by Princess AnneMr Kenny contributed to Team GB's medal haul at the Rio Olympics