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‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we…

India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…

Afghan Capital Kabul Sees First Polio Case Since 2001

News outlets report on the first polio case detected in the Afghan capital of Kabul since 2001. Associated Press: Afghan capital sees 1st polio case since 2001 “Afghan officials have launched a polio vaccination campaign after a young girl from Kabul was diagnosed with the disease — the capital’s first…

Number Of Winter-Related Illnesses Rising In Northwest Pakistan, Doctors Report

Reuters: Doctors say health crisis growing in Pakistan’s remote northwest “Already enduring frequent attacks on militants by U.S. drone aircraft, a Taliban insurgency, sectarian violence and poverty, Pakistanis in the remote northwest face a new enemy: an unusually bitter winter. A growing number of cases of pneumonia, hypothermia and other…

Number Of H7N9 Cases In China Will Continue To Rise, Officials Say

News outlets report on the continuing outbreak of H7N9 avian influenza on mainland China, where officials say the number of cases will continue to grow. Global Dispatch: Chinese officials predict more human H7N9 avian flu cases “With a large spurt of new human H7N9 avian influenza cases reported so far…

Afghan Polio Case Tied To Pakistan; Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging

News outlets report on a new polio case in Afghanistan and vaccination efforts in Pakistan. New York Times: Rare Afghan Polio Case Tied to Pakistan “A three-year-old girl in Kabul has contracted polio, the first confirmed case in the capital in 12 years, health officials said Tuesday. Afghanistan is one…

India Celebrates Three Years Of No Polio Cases

News outlets report on India’s achievement of being polio free for three years. Agence France-Presse: India celebrates eradication of polio “Indian leaders celebrated the eradication of polio on Tuesday, reminding doubters that something once thought impossible had been achieved and promising to tackle other diseases which still blight the country…”…

Access To HIV Prevention In Prisons Is Crucial To Curbing Transmission

IRIN: HIV interventions also needed behind bars “Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts…” (2/12).