The black market for COVID vaccines and proof of vaccination is growing rapidly as people tire of restrictions and are anxious to return to normalcy. It is also driven by the inequitable distribution of vaccines, leaving many low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries behind.Many of the dangers are obvious—a person may become more ill or die because of receiving an ineffective medicine for their illness. Less obvious is that counterfeit antibiotics can promote antibiotic resistance and fuel the spread of drug resistant organisms throughout communities.Fake vaccines—substituting plain salt water for a vaccine, for example—might not cause immediate harm, but may fuel distrust about vaccines’ effectiveness. People will falsely assume that they are protected and engage in risky behaviors.One of the problems with these scams is that they not only hurt individuals, but they hurt all of us. Until we get widespread vaccine uptake and herd immunity, we will not stop the spread of coronavirus, and mutant strains will proliferate.
More than $120 million in commitments announced at historic convening for global healthArlington, VA—Last week, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) joined philanthropies, nongovernmental organizations, US government agencies, financial institutions, corporations, universities, Nobel laureate Dr.
Arlington, VA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit global health organization, has joined forces with the Madagascar Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) to combat an unprecedented measles outbreak with support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Since October 2018, the outbreak has infected approximately 140,000 people and claimed the lives of 1,250 Malagasies, including more than 650 children.“MSH is committed to strengthening Madagascar’s health system in partnership with the national government and local communities,” said Marian W.
Arlington, VA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) joins the global health community in expressing its deep appreciation to the White House for last week’s release of the Global Health Security Strategy, a whole-of-society approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats.
Ebola health care workers at a home during the October 2014 outbreak. Photo Credit: Fred Hartman/MSH
Arlington, VA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) stands with the global health community, and with the millions of people we serve across the globe each day, to urge the U.S. government to reconsider planned reductions to programs that are essential to health and national security, and to focus on continuing to invest in strengthening health systems in the world’s poorest countries.
Global health nonprofit joins JEE Alliance advisory board
Arlington, VA—Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is pleased to join the advisory board of the JEE Alliance, a platform for facilitating multisectoral collaboration on health security capacity building and implementation of the International Health Regulations.