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A quarterly publication of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization


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March 2001 issue - Contents


Special Feature

  • First, do no harm: Lisa Jacobs examines the road to injection safety from recognition of the problem to action


  • Introducing hepatitis B vaccine: As the first round of countries prepare to immunize children for the first time against hepatitis B, Scott Wittet shares some tips in advocacy, communication, and training from developing countries that have done it already

The Idea Exchange


  • Charles Mérieux: Jacques-François Martin remembers a mentor committed to the health of the poor


Immunization Focus is issued quarterly on the GAVI website.

It is intended to provide updates and topical debate about key immunization issues at national and international level. It can also be sent to you by email.

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GAVI Secretariat,

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1211 Geneva 10,


Editor: Phyllida Brown

GAVI Editorial Adviser: Lisa Jacobs

Publisher: Dr Tore Godal, GAVI Secretariat, C/O UNICEF, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. Email:


External Editorial Board:

  • Maria Otelia Costales, Country Representative, AVSC International, The Philippines;
  • Shawn Gilchrist, Vaccine Industry Representative, Aventis Pasteur, Toronto, Canada

  • Keith Klugman, Department of International Health, The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States;
  • P. Helena Mäkelä, National Public Health Institute, Finland;
  • Philip Minor, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, United Kingdom;
  • Khadija Msambichaka, Zimbabwe;
  • Francis Nkrumah, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana;
  • Paul Offit, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, United States, and Member, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices;
  • Mohammed Ashraf Uddin, Chief Health Officer, Dhaka City Corporation, Bangladesh

The views expressed in Immunization Focus are not necessarily the views of the GAVI Board.

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