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February 2016 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The February 2016 WHO Bulletin includes news, research, and policy articles on various topics, including kangaroo mother care for newborns, the use of mobile phones in polio eradication, and classifying perinatal deaths (February 2016).

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Gateses Discuss Polio Eradication, Health System Improvements, Foundation’s 2016 Agenda In WEF Interviews

CBS News: Melinda Gates: One issue is key in conquering poverty “…Melinda Gates said the most urgent issue is making investments in health systems around the world. ‘Because if people have a healthy life and can start out healthy, they then can go on and educate their children and participate…

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Eradicating Polio In Pakistan Requires Overcoming Extremist Ideology, Violence Against Humanitarian Workers

Fox News: Campaign to eradicate polio requires courage in the face of extremist ideology and violence Heidi J. Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project and senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…The last mile of polio eradication is a story of extremism and geo-politics.…

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Gates, Dangote, President Buhari, Others Sign Agreements To Ensure Childhood Immunizations, Polio Eradication Efforts In Nigeria

African Independent Television: Bill Gates, Dangote Sign MoU With Nigerian Governors On Polio Eradication “Bill Gates, Alhaji Aliko Dangote in conjunction with northern states governors on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Routine Immunizations in Kaduna. The northern states that signed the agreement include, Kano, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto,…

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Pakistan Using Smartphone Technology To Improve Polio Vaccination Efforts With Aim Of Eradicating Disease

New York Times: In Pakistan, a Final Push to Wipe Out Polio Bina Shah, author “…[T]he Taliban’s efforts to fight the [polio eradication] campaign continue, as do management problems within the national immunization campaign. … One effort to resolve that problem was the introduction in Punjab last year of a smartphone…

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U.N. SG Ban Condemns Suicide Bombing Near Pakistani Polio Vaccination Center

U.N. News Centre: Pakistan: Ban condemns suicide bombing near polio eradication center in Quetta “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned [Wednesday’s] suicide bombing close to the premises of a polio eradication center in Quetta, Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 15 people, and wounding 25 others. ‘The secretary general reiterates…

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Suicide Bomber Targets Polio Center In Pakistan’s Quetta, Killing At Least 14 People; Most Victims Police Preparing To Protect Vaccinators

Associated Press: Suicide attack on Pakistan polio center kills 15 “A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers, who have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic militants, officials said…” (Sattar/Shahzad, 1/13).…

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South-East Asia Region Marks 5 Years Without Wild Poliovirus Case, WHO Announces

U.N. News Centre: Five polio-free years in South-East Asia Region, announces U.N. health agency “The United Nations health agency [on Tuesday] announced that the South-East Asia Region has completed five years without any case of wild poliovirus … [The WHO] is underlining that completing half a decade without any case…

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Oral Polio Vaccines Pose Risk Of Outbreaks Among Inadequately Immunized Populations

Vox: We’ve almost eradicated polio. Ironically, a big threat now is vaccines. “The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio, the horrible paralysis-inducing disease that primarily infects children. But the tail-end efforts are at risk from the very thing that made eradication programs a success: the vaccines themselves. ……

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Working Together On Polio Vaccination Campaigns

Pak Tribune: Pakistan and Afghanistan will synchronize their polio campaigns together “Pakistan and Afghanistan will synchronize their polio campaigns and a three-member delegation from the Afghan national polio team will arrive in Pakistan on Jan. 10 to monitor the campaign beginning in Pakistan on Jan. 11 following Pakistan’s decision to…

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