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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).

‘Principle Of Trust’ Necessary To End Polio, Ebola

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common In a guest post, Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington discusses how “[m]isinformation, strong…

Fighting In Pakistan Impacts Country’s Efforts To Eradicate Polio

New York Times: How Fighting in Pakistan Affects War Against Polio “Fierce fighting in Pakistan is harming and helping the country’s drive to eradicate polio. … [I]n three months of fighting between the armed forces and the Taliban, nearly a million people have been displaced, spreading the virus, according to…

Double Vaccine Offers Better Protection Against Polio, Study Says

News outlets report on a study’s findings that using two types of polio vaccines could give better protection and speed up efforts to fight polio. Associated Press/The Guardian: Polio double vaccine gives better protection, study finds “For decades, there’s been a tug-of-war between the oral and inactivated polio vaccines over…

Anti-Polio Campaign Faces Challenges As Conflict Escalates In Afghanistan

Reuters: Amid Afghanistan’s escalating war, a battle to beat polio “Tens of thousands of volunteers fanned out across Afghanistan this week, braving deteriorating security and distrusting parents to administer two chilled drops of the oral polio vaccine each to millions of children…” (Mahr/Harooni, 8/21).

Polio In Pakistan Threatens Global Goal, Polio Achievements In Other Countries

Times of India: WHO says polio virus from Pak has spread to Israel, Iraq “India may be gearing up against Ebola but a more serious threat is at hand. One of 21st century’s greatest public health achievements — India wiping out polio, is now under serious threat from across its…