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Wild Poliovirus Could Be Halted Next Year, Experts Say

NPR: Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio “Polio is on its last legs. The disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of kids a year around the globe is now down to just a few dozen cases this year. ‘We are aiming to halt all transmission of wild…

U.S. Ready To Offer Aid To Earthquake-Hit Regions Of Pakistan, Afghanistan

The Hill: U.S. offers aid after quake kills hundreds in Pakistan, Afghanistan “The Obama administration is offering to provide assistance to victims of a devastating earthquake that struck Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. has yet to receive a formal request for aid, State Department spokesman Jeffrey Kirby said Monday, but…

International Community Must Intensify Efforts To Eradicate Polio

Devex: Polio on the brink of eradication Peter Crowley, head of the UNICEF polio team “…We still face setbacks [in progress against polio]. … We must work harder to prevent … lapses, by intensifying our efforts, and by strengthening and maintaining optimal levels of immunity around the world. It has…

SciDev.Net Audio Slideshow Examines HIV Prevention, Treatment Strategies In Cambodia

SciDev.Net: Face to face with Cambodia’s HIV fighters “…Thanks to heavy government investment and international aid, Cambodians now have free access to HIV tests, antiretroviral drugs, and counseling. As a result, new HIV infections have dropped from 3,500 in 2005 to 1,300 in 2013. … In this audio slideshow, Didier…

Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers At Frontlines Of Anti-Polio Campaign

Foreign Policy: The Polio Capital of the World Arsla Jawaid, former managing editor at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad “As the world prepares to mark World Polio Day on Oct. 24, Pakistan remains at the center of the global effort to eradicate the virus. Despite facing a host…

Report Discusses, Makes Recommendations For Pakistan’s Anti-Polio Efforts

International Crisis Group: Winning the War on Polio in Pakistan This report discusses and makes recommendations for Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign. “…If Pakistan is to make a durable transition out of its current polio-endemic status, it should complement eradication successes with wider routine immunization coverage, through the Expanded Program on Immunization…

Health Systems In Asia Overwhelmed By Dengue Outbreaks

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Dengue fever sweeps Asia, hospitals struggle to cope “…The Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are among countries that have seen significant spikes in the mosquito-borne disease, while India’s capital New Delhi is in the grip of its worst dengue outbreak in almost 20 years. Hospitals…

Civil Society Plays Crucial Role In Child Health, Immunization In India

Huffington Post: Every Indian Child Deserves Complete Vaccination: Is The Government Doing Enough? Sridhar Venkatapuram, lecturer in global health and philosophy at King’s College London “…No matter how much better the situation [of child mortality in India] is than in years before, the present state [of] child health and mortality…

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