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Completion Of Polio Vaccine Campaign In Middle East Critical To Eradication Efforts

Huffington Post: Polio: Why It Matters To You Batoul Abuharb, a student at the University of Houston College of Optometry and co-founder of Dunia Health, and Cherie Fathy, a student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a project assistant at Dunia Health Discussing a recent outbreak of polio in…

Gates Pushed Congress To Increase Polio Eradication Funding

Los Angeles Times: Bill Gates: The world is better than ever Doyle McManus, columnist at the Los Angeles Times “Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up. … Fewer children are dying from preventable diseases, thanks partly…

Afghan Capital Kabul Sees First Polio Case Since 2001

News outlets report on the first polio case detected in the Afghan capital of Kabul since 2001. Associated Press: Afghan capital sees 1st polio case since 2001 “Afghan officials have launched a polio vaccination campaign after a young girl from Kabul was diagnosed with the disease — the capital’s first…

Lawrence Ellison Foundation Pledges $100M Toward Polio Eradication

Bloomberg News: Ellison Foundation Pledges $100 Million Donation to End Polio “The Lawrence Ellison Foundation, created by Oracle Corp. (ORCL)’s chief executive, pledged $100 million toward the effort to eliminate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative said in a statement. The donation, $20 million of which was given last year,…

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan “Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

VOA Reports On India’s Successful Polio Elimination Campaign

VOA On Assignment: How India Beat Polio “On Assignment’s Doug Bernard talks with VOA science reporter Steve Baragona about India’s battle against polio. Thanks to a massive vaccination program, it has now been three years since the country last recorded a new case of the disease…” (Bernard, 2/20).

Kidnapped Polio Workers, Security Personnel Released In Pakistan

News outlets report on the release of several polio workers and guards who had been kidnapped in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Kidnapped Pakistan polio team released “A six-member polio vaccination team was released by their captors Wednesday, two days after gunmen kidnapped them in southwest Pakistan, officials said…” (2/26). APP/Dawn.com: Kidnapped…

Security Concerns Hampering Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

Al Jazeera examines how “security concerns and negotiated access” are threatening Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts, writing, “Since July 2012, 31 people have been killed in Taliban-led attacks on anti-polio campaigners in Pakistan.” The news service notes, “Most recently, two policemen providing security to polio vaccinators in Swabi were killed when…

Provide ‘The Gift Of Vaccines’ To All Children Globally

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, José Esparza, a senior adviser on global health and vaccines at the foundation, reflects on the “miracle of vaccination,” which he notes led to the eradication of smallpox in 1980 and has “been critical in reducing the…