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Japan, Britain Donate Funds To Help U.N. Provide Polio Vaccinations In Somalia, Kenya

“An emergency contribution from Japan will enable the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners to tackle a polio outbreak in Somalia that has already paralyzed nearly 100 children and threatens hundreds of thousands more who are not vaccinated,” the U.N. News Centre reports (8/5). “With a growing number…

Polio Eradication Plan Is Working, But Continued Support Necessary

“Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area,” Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive…

Kenya Vaccinates 5 Million Children Against Polio

“Kenya, which has declared a polio outbreak a public emergency, vaccinated more than five million children to curb the spread of the viral disease after a spate of cases in eastern Africa, the United Nations said,” Bloomberg reports. “While Kenya has confirmed 14 cases of polio since May 14 when…

Wired Examines Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan, Afghanistan

In a five-part feature in Wired magazine, journalist Matthieu Aikins examines efforts to eradicate polio, with a focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The global campaign [against polio], decades in the making, has come down to this: an all-out, very expensive effort to eliminate the last few problem areas in some…

Police Officers Guarding Polio Vaccinators Shot In Pakistan; One Killed

“Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said,” United Press International reports (11/30). “Officials say the police were attacked Saturday in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,” VOA News writes, adding, “No group has claimed responsibility for…

Stronger Measures Needed To Protect Polio Workers From Attacks In Pakistan

“Attacks on polio workers have become dangerously frequent, and so security measures are being ratcheted up,” an editorial in Pakistan’s The Nation states. “But even in cases where apparently ample security is provided, attacks happen. Instances where police patrols accompanying the health workers, have themselves come under fatal attack, are…

USA TODAY Examines Resurgence Of Polio In Some Muslim-Majority Countries

“Once close to eradication worldwide, the dreaded disease polio is resurfacing in Muslim-majority countries where vaccinations are hard to come by due to war, religious edicts and ignorance, experts say,” USA TODAY reports. The newspaper highlights outbreaks of the disease and efforts to immunize children in countries such as Syria,…

Polio Outbreak In Syria Expected To Worsen; Refugees, Children Need Humanitarian Aid

The polio outbreak in Syria “has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO said last week” and declared a polio emergency in the country, NPR’s “Shots” blog and “All Things Considered” reports. “The Syrian government has pledged to immunize all Syrian children under age five. But wartime politics is getting…

IRIN Examines Lower Profile Of Pakistan’s Polio Immunization Campaigns

“Attacks on vaccination teams, militant threats and the abduction of teachers facilitating [a polio immunization] campaign in November 2013 have handicapped efforts and led to a new strategy” for conducting vaccinations in Pakistan, IRIN reports. “It means an end to the kind of campaigns seen in the past, often headed…