We all take the common fridge for granted. At home it keeps the beer cold and milk fresh, in pharmacies industrial sized fridges keep our vaccines potent. But what if you live in a country where infrastructure is poor, fridges are a luxury and electricity is unreliable?
Humanitarian and international organizations have to respond to multiple cholera outbreaks causing havoc and deaths in communities already hit by poverty, conflict, or natural disasters.2 Since WHO pre-qualification in 2011, 12 million doses of Shantha’s vaccine have been shipped to 25 countries across the world, including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mozambique, and South Sudan. The largest ever shipment took place in September 2017 when Shantha responded to an urgent call for humanitarian help from international agencies and sent 900,000 doses to Nigeria to respond to the country’s cholera epidemic.
Reference1Shantha Biotechnics, an affiliate of Sanofi Pasteur in India, is a fully integrated biotechnology company involved in R&D, manufacturing and marketing. Shantha was founded by Dr. K I Varaprasad Reddy in 1993 in Hyderabad. Sanofi Pasteur is Sanofi’s Vaccines Global Business Unit.
2Several large-scale outbreaks, surges in endemic cholera, and multiple humanitarian emergencies have recently occurred in many parts of the world, including Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Soudan, Tanzania, Zambia, and just recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Yemen.