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Berita MPA eBMPA April 2010

7 April 2010

A word from the Editorial Team

Salams and Peace from the editorial team of e-BMPA. We hope you enjoyed the inaugural issue of the e-BMPA released in March 2010. April is a bumper issue because you will also receive soon, a hard copy of your BMPA. You are most welcome to contribute news and opinions in our e-BMPA. Kindly email your thoughts and queries to any of our three editors.

It’s been very much a vaccines month; like previous! MPA co-organised the VAACA just last week (27- 28 March 2010) at the Westin, KL with participants from over  12 countries in the Asia Pacific. If you might recall your Latin, the root word for vaccine is vacca, Latin for cow which provided the first vaccine material against smallpox. VAACA is the acronym for Vaccine Availability for All children in Asia and is an initiative of GSK.

Dato’ Dr. Zulkifli and his Filipino counterpart Dr. Lulu Bravo co-chaired the scientific symposium. Our local doctors, Koh Mia Tuang and Musa Mohd Nordin spoke on the pneumococcal and varicella (MMRV) vaccines respectively. Other vaccine preventable disease discussed included pertussis and rotavirus. Recent contaminant issues related to the latter was comprehensively addressed. Developments in vaccinology, ethics of vaccination and increasing the access to vaccines were discussed with interesting case scenarios. Speakers included those from Korea, India, Philippines, Kenya, USA, Australia and Singapore. The overwhelming response from the delegates was a call for a third VAACA!

We have a report on the recent launch of the MMRV and have included an interesting but worrying repercussions on fertility in males as a consequence of the decreased uptake of the MMR vaccine.

A final year student from Palestine has submitted an eye opener poster on burns due to white phosphorus. This won the second prize for poster presentation at the International Trauma Conference in Imperial College, London.

Test your wits with the quiz. It sure gave our ophthalmology colleagues in DSH a tough time.

Have a pleasant read and do become part of the e-BMPA by contributing your ideas in whatever paediatric forms! It’s the only way it gets to be bilateral, holistic and less vaccine centric! 

Peace always,
The Editorial team

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