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Also In Global Health News: International Development Journalism Competition; Polio Vaccines In Nigeria; Antibiotic Prescriptions In Mexico; MDR-TB In N. Korea

Guardian Selects Winning Stories On International Development Wining submissions to the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition were published online Monday. The annual contest features stories about “issues facing the developing world [that] are often overlooked or underrepresented by the media,” according to the newspaper. Professional and amateur journalists wrote about…

Wall Street Journal Examines Polio Vaccinations In Afghanistan

In a story about polio vaccination campaigns in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal examines how the Taliban and international health agencies are working together to promote oral vaccination campaigns across the country. Vaccination campaign volunteers usually bring a “single-page letter requesting people to cooperate, ‘for the benefit of our next generations.’ The letter’s signatory: Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed supreme leader of the Taliban,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Pakistan Re-Launches Polio Vaccination Campaign Amid Increased Security

“Pakistan’s ambassador for polio eradication, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, re-launched the anti-polio campaign in Sindh [province] on Tuesday,” Pakistan Today reports. “Aseefa administered anti-polio vaccine drops to infants in Karachi and distributed gifts among the children,” according to the newspaper (1/8). “The campaign in the city was halted last month after deadly attacks on polio…

Five Alleged Taliban Suspects Arrested On Suspicion Of Killing Polio Workers, Pakistani Police Say

“Pakistani police said they arrested five alleged Taliban suspects Wednesday on suspicion of killing women polio vaccinators and plotting to attack Karachi airport,” Agence France-Presse/Dawn.com reports. “Gunmen in Pakistan last month killed nine health workers carrying out polio vaccinations, five of them in Karachi in attacks that prompted U.N. agencies to suspend work on…

India Marks Two Years Since Last Diagnosed Polio Case

On January 13, India “completed two years since the last case of the crippling disease was reported … a huge achievement for a country that as recently as 2009 reported 741 cases of polio — more than any other country in the world, and almost half of cases reported globally…

Blog Posts Address Progress In, Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

Following the murders of several Pakistani polio vaccinators in December 2012 and India’s recognition of being free from the disease for two years on January 13, two blog posts address efforts to eradicate polio. Siddharth Chatterjee, Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog”: “Thanks to India’s success, we are now closer than ever to eliminating…

CDC Releases Update On Polio Eradication Efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update on its polio eradication efforts. “The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take…

WHO Presents ‘2012 In Review’ Photo Essay

“Key public health milestones were reached in 2012, including the end of polio transmission in India and meeting the Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water ahead of schedule,” the WHO reports in a summary of a “2012 In Review” photo essay. Among other accomplishments, “WHO published new statistics highlighting the growing problem…