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U.N. Helps Organize Polio Vaccinations In 6 Central African Nations

VOA News: U.N. to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations “The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory…” (Kindzeka, 10/21).

Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

Pakistan Records 200 Polio Cases In 2014, Highest Number In More Than 12 Years

Washington Post: Polio becomes ‘public health emergency’ in Pakistan as number of cases soars “As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. Over the weekend, Pakistan logged…

Ending Polio Is Moral, Practical

TIME: What It Will Take to End Polio Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for TIME magazine and TIME.com “Franklin Roosevelt never knew the Pakistani babies battling polio today, but he knew their pain. The world is fighting to end that suffering forever. … It made him a champion of children…

Pakistan Struggles To Eradicate Polio

News outlets report on Pakistan’s struggle to eradicate polio. IRIN: Polio cases surge in Pakistan “Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28…

Polio Vaccination Campaign Shows How Prevention Is Key To Public Health

World Economic Forum: Why it pays to invest in disease prevention John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International, discusses the importance of prevention in public health, using the success of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative as an example (9/28).

CSIS Report Examines GPEI, Polio Activities in India

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Repurposing Global Polio Eradication’s Tool Kit In this report, Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, “…describes [the Global Polio Eradication Initiative's] goals and processes for planning for a polio legacy and examines the opportunities and challenges for moving…

Sanofi Pasteur Works To End Polio By 2018

SciDev.Net: Is the world on track for polio eradication by 2018? “Polio is a viral disease that, until the 1980s, crippled an estimated 350,000 children every year. … SciDev.Net visited the Mérieux campus in Lyon, France, where the pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur works with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to…

Pakistan’s Polio Case Numbers Rise As Taliban Enforces Vaccination Ban

Bloomberg News: Polio Cases Jump in Pakistan Amid Taliban Vaccination Ban “Pakistan reported 11 new cases of polio on a single day last week, bringing this year’s official count to 138, a four-fold increase from last year, as the crippling disease spreads amid Islamist militancy and suspicion…” (Anis/Gokhale, 9/8).