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Vigilance Needed To Prevent Polio Re-emergence In Ukraine

GlobalPost: In the midst of conflict, Ukraine’s children are vulnerable to polio outbreak John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International “While the global health community has been rightly focused on containing West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, a potential health crisis involving another infectious virus — polio — worries many of…

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Cameroon No Longer A Polio Exporting Country, But Still Considered High-Risk, Health Official Says

VOA News: Cameroon No Longer a Polio Exporter “Cameroon said it has attained the status of a ‘non-polio exporting country’ — hitting the 6-month mark without a new case — but the country is still considered a high-risk nation with pockets of resistance to polio vaccination programs for children –…

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India Marks One Year Since Country Officially Certified Polio-Free

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: India’s Polio Eradication Campaign: Behind the Scenes Gillian Leitch and Mary Robbins, both senior associates with Global Health Strategies, and Leah Sandals and Rachel Sam, both managers with Global Health Strategies, discuss India’s successful efforts to eradicate polio as well as keep the…

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Gunmen Kill 2 Polio Workers, 1 Guard In Pakistan

The Nation: Two polio vaccinators, cop shot dead in Mansehra “Two female polio vaccinators and a policeman were shot dead in broad daylight in Mansehra on Tuesday…” (3/18). New York Times: Gunmen Kill Health Workers From Pakistan Polio Drive “…There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but…

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Conflict-Affected Areas Risk Spread Of Polio, WHO Warns

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency notes possible threat of polio spread in conflict-affected countries “An emergency meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) noted today that Pakistan had become the 10th country to be ‘infected’ by polio and that ‘the possibility of international spread still remains…

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News Outlets Examine Challenges To Polio Elimination Efforts In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: How far is Pakistan willing to go to fight polio? “Pakistani police recently arrested nearly 500 parents for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. DW examines why vaccination efforts have failed up to this point…” (Haider, 3/3). National Geographic: Taliban…

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Pakistani Provincial Police Issue Arrest Warrants For Parents Who Refuse Polio Vaccinations For Children

New York Times: Pakistani Officials Issue Arrest Warrants Over Refusals of Polio Vaccine “Determined to curb Pakistan’s polio crisis, police officials in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said Friday that they had issued hundreds of arrest warrants for parents for refusing to vaccinate their children…” (Khan, 2/27).

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In Series On Polio’s Resurgence In Pakistan, National Geographic Profiles Doctor Who Helped CIA Identify Bin Laden In 2011

National Geographic: He Led the CIA to bin Laden — and Unwittingly Fueled a Vaccine Backlash “In his native Pakistan, Dr. Shakil Afridi is considered a traitor by many people for helping the Central Intelligence Agency track down and kill Osama bin Laden. In the United States, he is hailed…

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National Geographic Examines Polio’s Resurgence In Pakistan Since 2011 Killing Of Bin Laden

National Geographic: How the bin Laden Raid Put Vaccinators Under the Gun in Pakistan “When Navy SEALs raided a high-walled compound in Pakistan in May 2011 and killed the world’s most wanted terrorist, another long-standing source of terror also was facing elimination: polio. … But the killing of al Qaeda…

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Eliminating Polio In Pakistan Requires Will Of Government, Religious Leaders, General Population

Huffington Post: Abolishing Polio’s Hold on Pakistan Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, health activist for Pakistan “…In order to achieve a polio-free Pakistan we must have the will from the people, government, and religious scholars. We need support from the government that they will keep our health workers safe and will fully…

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