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Rotary’s Polio Plus Program Director Discusses Disease Eradication Efforts In Interview

National Geographic’s “Germination”: Polio Eradication: Is 2016 The Year? Maryn McKenna, journalist and author, discusses polio eradication efforts with “Carol Pandak, director of the Polio Plus program at Rotary International — which since 1988 has lent millions of volunteers and more than a billion dollars to the eradication campaign…” (1/4).

As G7 Chair, Japan Can Promote UHC By Framing As Health Security Issue

BMJ Blogs: Gavin Yamey: Can Japan rouse the G7 nations to action on universal health coverage? Gavin Yamey, a professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, discusses Japan’s G7 chair status and its potential influence in promoting universal health coverage (UHC) as a focus issue for upcoming G7 summits. Yamey…

South Korea Marked End Of MERS Outbreak In December

Agence France-Presse: South Korea announces official end to MERS outbreak “South Korea announced on Wednesday the official end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people and sparked widespread panic in Asia’s fourth-largest economy…” (12/23).

Brazil Joins Philippines, Mexico In Approving Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

Deutsche Welle: Dengue: a closer look at a spreading fever “With Mexico, the Philippines, and now Brazil giving the green light to Dengvaxia, the first antidote to dengue fever ever released globally, the bandwagon has begun to roll. Regulators in all three countries authorized use of the vaccine [in December],…

Japan Hosts International Meetings On UHC, Global Fund Replenishment

News outlets report on the opening of the International Conference on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the 5th Replenishment Preparatory Meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, taking place in Tokyo. EFE/La Prensa: Bill Gates participates in Tokyo conference to end malaria and AIDS “…The two-day…

Frontline Health Workers, Funders Critical To Progress Against Polio

Project Syndicate: The Polio Heroes Bill Gates, founder and technology adviser of the Microsoft Corporation and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The credit [for the progress against polio] goes to an international coalition of visionary people: the leaders who make polio eradication a high priority in their…

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