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Cholera Immunization Campaign Launched In Iraq To Combat Outbreak

Agence France-Presse: Iraq combats cholera with massive vaccination campaign “Iraq is carrying out a major vaccination campaign to combat a cholera outbreak that has infected more than 2,200 people, the health ministry said on Sunday. The campaign, focused on vaccinating people displaced by conflict including the war with the Islamic…

Harvard Medical School Opens Center For Global Health Delivery In Dubai, Focused On NCDs, Infectious Diseases In Region

The Lancet: Harvard launches new global health center in Dubai “The Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery-Dubai (HMS-Dubai), United Arab Emirates, certainly does not lack ambition. The stated aim is to ‘promote research and education focused on the delivery of high-quality health care to all populations, particularly those…

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…

Continued International Commitment Needed To Eradicate Polio

CNN: Ending polio: ‘We’re on the verge of making history’ Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…For the first time in recorded history, the entire African continent has gone a full year without a child paralyzed by wild poliovirus. To officially certify Africa polio free, we…

Understanding Political Context Around Islamist Opposition To Polio Vaccination Programs Essential To Public Health Policy, Eradicating Disease

Project Syndicate: Militant Islamism and Vaccine Skepticism Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou, both teaching fellows at the University College London’s School of Public Policy “…What is standing in the way of the [polio] virus’s eradication is not medical or technical constraints, but political resistance to the vaccination effort. … If the…

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