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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…

Health Workers In Pakistan Refuse To Administer Polio Vaccine

News outlets report on the halting of polio vaccination efforts in Pakistan because of security threats to health workers. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan “Health workers in part of a troubled Pakistani tribal region Friday refused to participate in a polio vaccination campaign because of…

Bill Gates Discusses Achieving A Polio-Free India

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates discusses the success of India’s polio elimination efforts. He writes, “India’s victory galvanized the global health community to commit to achieving a polio-free world by 2018.” He notes that “India’s success is cause…

Fighting In Syria Forces Halt To Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on the challenges of providing polio vaccinations to displaced persons in Syria, especially women and children, as violence continues to escalate. Reuters: Fighting halts polio vaccination in northern Syria “Heavy fighting has prevented health workers from getting polio vaccine to an estimated 100,000 Syrian children in the…

Pakistan Looks To India For Strategies To Eliminate Polio

News outlets examine Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate polio, as India marks three years without a reported case of the disease.The News: Pakistan wishes to learn from India’s victory against polio “Congratulating India on achieving the milestone of being polio-free for three consecutive years, Pakistan has expressed the desire to benefit…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

News Outlets Report On Ongoing Humanitarian Action In Syria

News outlets report on ongoing humanitarian operations in Syria, including food aid and vaccinations for polio. Thomson Reuters Foundation: WFP Syria director says peace talks must address humanitarian aid “Syria’s warring sides must seize this week’s peace conference in Switzerland as a chance to allow humanitarian aid workers access to…

Taliban Attitudes May Indicate Fewer Attacks On Polio Workers, Blog Says

“Consecutive days of attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan renewed concerns about its eradication. At least ten people were killed during attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, this week. Despite that, changing public attitudes by Taliban leaders may indicate a coming decrease in attacks…,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in…

Pakistan Struggles To Contain Spreading Polio Virus

VOA News: Anti-Polio Drive in Peshawar, Pakistan Falters “The war on polio is in danger of being lost in Pakistan, and in a dramatic development a new strain of polio has been identified in a part of the country where eradication efforts against the crippling disease are most at risk…

Security Threats Negatively Affect Health Care Delivery In Nigeria’s Borno State

IRIN: Violence grinds health care to a halt in Nigeria’s Borno State “Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria’s Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health…