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A Cure for Poverty: Pneumococcal Vaccine (02:21)


Europe recently placed pneumococcal vaccinations onto its immunization list; pneumococcal infection is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae and leads to illnesses such as meningitis and pneumonia.

Pneumococcal Disease (01:55)

Doctors in rural African villages, such as Dr. Anne Wariri, commonly treat pneumococcal infections with antibiotics that are swiftly becoming ineffective against the disease. Experts believe preventable diseases in the developing world contribute to the constant cycle of poverty.

Health and Economic Links (04:18)

Julian Lob-Levyt explains that to improve economic growth, the health of the country must first be improved; immunizations within sub-Saharan Africa would potentialy remove people from poverty. Traditional vaccines demonstrate the cost effectiveness of prevention.

Controversial Vaccines (05:38)

Vaccination campaigns in Costa Rica effectively eradicated polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough from the region. A new HPV vaccine, which would prevent cervical cancer, is controversial within South America, Britain, the Catholic Church, and other conservative communities.

A Future Without Disease (05:40)

Parasites causing malaria evolved along with humans and are now becoming resistant to antibiotics. Lob-Levyt believes advanced market commitments could make antimalarial vaccines available in developing countries, but scientists have been unable to produce an effective vaccine.

Credits: A Cure for Poverty (00:23)

Credits: A Cure for Poverty

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Despite the excellent track record of vaccines in some quarters, they are still treated with considerable suspicion. How can—and should—these doubters be convinced? We show this: polio—in Tajikistan we filmed a father who refused to let his daughter be vaccinated because he thought it was a secret method of birth control. There have also been riots against polio vaccination campaigns and strong resistance to other vaccines like HPV (for example, immunizing Catholic girls against a sexually transmitted disease). HPV is also important in terms of the trend for preventative vaccines; it’s harder to harness the immune system to make a therapeutic vaccine, but scientists have been successful in trials currently taking place for vaccines targeting melanoma, kidney, lung and breast cancers and Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. What is this the future of vaccines?

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL144788

Copyright date: ©2008

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