Infectious Diseases Public Health

Fake WHO Certificates of Yellow Fever Vaccination in Zimbabwe and Zambia Endangers Global Populations

Here is a great example of how a Governmental Policy and Implementation may impact global health issues! According to the New Zimbabwe report, fake WHO certificates crediting Yellow Fever vaccinations are sold openly in bus terminals of Zimbabwe and Zambia (a problem which was previously also noted to exist in Nigeria).

The main reason why people have to resort to these fraudulent measures is because of the prohibitively expensive tag associated with the yellow fever vaccine, which can cost between 60-70 US$ in a private pharmacy, which are the most important providers of the vaccine. A fake certificate, on the other hand, comes for a mere 5 US$!
The failure of governmental policy implementation has not only failed to protect the health of the people in these nations, but has created a potential health hazard for all those countries in which the vector mosquitoes are present, but the disease has not yet made an appearance simply because the virus is absent.
Considering that we are rapidly moving towards a global village, it is these kinds of activities that, occurring beyond the radar of detection, inflates the risk of a global infectious catastrophe!

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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