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WHO Officially Declares India Polio-Free

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Thursday of India’s polio-free status. Associated Press: India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case “…The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast…

Myanmar Remains Potential ‘Gateway’ for Spread Of Drug-Resistant Malaria, Experts Warn

IRIN: Curbing Myanmar’s spread of drug-resistant malaria “Efforts to halt the spread of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar have delivered encouraging results through the private health sector, but health experts warn the [fight against the] disease cannot be won outside the public health system — and that the country is still…

‘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…

Cambodian Agencies Will Not Be Charged In Case Of Alleged Corruption, VOA Khmer Reports

VOA Khmer: No Charges, Despite Major Corruption Allegation by Global Fund “Authorities at the [Cambodian] government’s Anti-Corruption Unit say they do not have enough evidence to charge officials from the National Malaria Center and other government agencies with corruption. The center and others are under investigation at the Global Fund,…

Wall Street Journal Examines India’s Efforts To Eliminate Polio

The Wall Street Journal looks at India’s efforts to eliminate polio. Wall Street Journal: How India Put an End to Polio “It took three decades to be able to do so and it certainly wasn’t easy. But, from Thursday, India can boast of being polio-free. A new case of the…

CNN Discusses Drug-Resistant Malaria, Disease Elimination Efforts In SE Asia

CNN: Scientists race to eliminate malaria as ‘wonder drug’ loses its powers “… A river that can be crossed in a rickety boat is no barrier to a parasite that rides in the salivary glands of mosquitoes or the red blood cells of humans. … History tells us what happens…

Murder of Polio Worker In Pakistan Heightens Health Workers’ Fears

The Guardian: Pakistan polio vaccinator’s murder by militants raises health workers’ fears “The unusual night-time kidnapping and brutal murder of a female polio vaccinator in the troubled Pakistani city of Peshawar has heightened fears among health workers struggling to stamp out the virus in the face of violent opposition from…

After Polio, UHC Is Next On India’s Health Agenda

Wall Street Journal: After Polio, What’s Next on India’s Health Agenda “In January, India celebrated three years without a single case of polio. On March 27, the country will officially be certified polio-free. That landmark achievement is now prompting the question ‘What next?’ On the campaign trail, leaders of both…

China Employs WHO TB Strategy, Shows Reduction In Disease Rate

New York Times: China Reports Gains in Fighting Tuberculosis “China has cut its rate of tuberculosis by more than half over the last 20 years, according to health officials there. Its success shows that the tuberculosis-fighting strategy endorsed by the World Health Organization in 1995 works well if it is…