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Rumors Spread By Islamic Rebels Hindering Polio Vaccination Campaign In Somalia

“Islamic extremist rebels are fighting a campaign in Somalia to administer a polio vaccine, charging that it contains the virus that causes AIDS or could make children sterile, a battle of words that is frustrating health workers,” the Associated Press reports. “Vaccination workers who walked door to door in the…

Pakistan’s New Government Should Aim To Eradicate Polio

“When Pakistan’s new government is sworn in on Wednesday it has a historic opportunity” — “to eradicate polio from Pakistan, one of three countries where the crippling disease remains endemic,” Sania Nishtar, a federal minister in the government of Pakistan, writes in the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog.…

Polio Virus Found In Sewage Sample From Israel

“The polio virus has been found in a sewage sample from Israel for the first time since 2002, the [WHO] announced on Monday,” the New York Times reports, noting no new cases have been identified in Israel or in Gaza or the West Bank. “The sample was from Rahat, a…

Polio Eradication Activities Can Help Improve Routine Immunization Efforts

Naveen Thacker, president-elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Beyond the value of face-to-face advocacy, the polio eradication effort [in India and elsewhere] opens the door for the delivery of all essential vaccines and health services in a…

Vaccine-Derived Polio Cases Do Not Impact India’s Polio-Free Status

The death of an infant from vaccine-derived polio in India’s Maharashtra state on Saturday “won’t impact the country’s march toward being certified polio-free,” the Wall Street Journal’s “India Real Time” blog reports, noting the country has gone more than two years without a case of wild-type polio. According to the…

Gates Foundation, Rotary International Renew Partnership To Eradicate Polio

“Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have renewed a fundraising partnership they hope will inject millions of new dollars into the final push to eradicate polio, a goal both say is closer than ever,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Under the agreement, the Gates Foundation said it…

Nigerian Millionaire Donates $1M To International Polio Eradication Program

“Sir Emeka Offor, a wealthy Nigerian oil baron, has donated $1 million to PolioPlus, an international polio eradication program promoted by Rotary International, Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper has reported,” according to Forbes. “Offor, who is the founder and executive vice chairman of Chrome Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil…

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