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USAID’s Improving Health Facility Infrastructure (IHFI) project recently completed the installation of 12 solar photovoltaic systems at nine remote health clinics in Guyana.  Installations took place over a five-week period, with IHFI staff travelling alongside the installers to monitor progress, ensure code compliance and provide training to local technicians and health workers.

It’s World Immunization Week, a week designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an opportunity to build awareness on the benefits and challenges of vaccination, celebrate progress in vaccination coverage and take a close look at the road ahead – including environmental impacts and the role of clean energy.

Effective health laboratories are essential to the scale-up of public health programs targeting diseases like HIV/AIDS or TB, and contribute to the overall coverage and efficiency of national health systems.  PEPFAR has evaluated its progress in confronting AIDS worldwide, including its efforts to strengthen laboratory systems through training and infrastructure.

One of the greatest challenges in expanding HIV, tuberculosis and other vaccination campaigns is delivering the temperature sensitive vaccines to remote and resource-limited health facilities.  Two recent, but early developments in vaccination technology hold potential for eliminating vaccine’s dependence on the cold chain as well as the syringe.

A new study by the University of Florida suggests that a vaccination campaign could prove a valuable tool in quelling the spread of the disease.

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