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Pakistan Can Help World Reach Zero Polio Cases With Sustained Vaccination Efforts

Washington Post: Making polio history Editorial Board “Pakistan now stands as the main barrier to the global elimination of wild poliovirus. … [But the country] is rallying. There have been only 22 cases so far this year, compared with almost 60 at this time last year. Violence has abated, at…

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With Only 25 Reported Polio Cases This Year, Experts Tout Progress Against Paralytic Disease

Reuters: Polio eradicators hail historic progress, aim to ‘finish the job’ “The world is closer than ever to being able to wipe out polio, international experts said on Thursday, with zero cases of the crippling disease recorded across all of Africa this year and fewer than 25 globally. Polio eradication…

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U.N. Resumes Childhood Immunization Campaigns In Ebola-Hit West Africa

U.N. News Centre: U.N. resumes vaccination drive for three million children in West Africa “For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thousands of health workers are fanning out across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in nationwide immunization campaigns with an aim to protect…

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Kaiser Family Foundation Updates Fact Sheets On U.S. Government Involvement In Various Global Health Issues

Kaiser Family Foundation: Updated Global Health Policy Fact Sheets The Kaiser Family Foundation last week released several updated global health fact sheets, including The U.S. Government and International Family Planning & Reproductive Health; The U.S. Government and Global Neglected Tropical Diseases; The U.S. Government and Global Maternal & Child Health;…

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Vaccinations Essential To Protecting Health, Well-Being Of Children In India

Huffington Post: Giving Our Children A Shot At Health Vishwajeet Kumaar, scientist and founder and CEO of Community Empowerment Lab “This World Immunization Week (April 24-30), countries around the world will celebrate one of the most transformative health interventions in the history of public health — vaccines. … Last month,…

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World Must Make Continued Investments To Eradicate Polio

Globe and Mail: Vanquishing a virus Itzhak Perlman, Israeli-American violinist and conductor, and Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada “…Thanks to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), launched by Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and joined more…

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Frontline HCWs Need More Protection In Efforts To Eradicate Polio

Global Health Council: Eradicating Polio Requires Protecting Vaccinators As part of the #ProtectingKids blog series curated by PATH for World Immunization Week, Global Health Council Executive Director Christine Sow discusses the importance of protecting frontline health care workers who provide polio vaccinations, saying polio will not be eradicated “without stronger…

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WHO Working To Vaccinate Children In Syria Against Polio

WHO: Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border This WHO feature story examines efforts to vaccinate children affected and displaced by violence in Syria. “…WHO has provided technical and financial support to halt transmission of polio in Syria. During the most recent campaign, in March…

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Distrust, Under-Resourced Health Care System Slow Efforts To Eradicate Polio In Pakistan

The Guardian: Suspicion slows dangerous work to eradicate polio in Pakistan “…Since the Taliban issued a ban on vaccinations, and compared female health workers to prostitutes for working outside the home, more than 80 vaccinators and the armed guards assigned to protect them have been gunned down. … Added to…

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News Outlets Highlight 60th Anniversary Of Salk Polio Vaccine, Report On Microneedle Patch Vaccine Delivery System

CNN: 60 years after a vaccine, new technology may finally eradicate polio “Over the last few years, we’ve been close to eradicating worldwide polio without full success. However, a new medical technology, an easily applied microneedle patch, could be the key to that goal. The biggest challenge standing in the…

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