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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…

Bomb Targets Pakistan Polio Team, Kills At Least 11

News outlets report on the latest series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse: Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12 “Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest exploded Saturday, officials said, in…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).

Polio Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Agence France-Presse: Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border “About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to children at the Torkham Gate crossing, the focal point of an intense global campaign to eradicate polio by 2018. But Afghanistan and Pakistan — two of the three remaining ‘endemic’ polio…

UNICEF, GAVI, Others Announce More Accessibility To Inactivated Polio Vaccines

Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries. CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries…

Polio Vaccine Partnership Will Help Eradicate Disease, Bring Global Health Equity

“…Thanks to a new arrangement announced last week, which was made in partnership among GAVI, our foundation and the pharmaceutical industry, a major barrier to global vaccination with [inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)] is erased now with the availability of IPV at a significantly-reduced price for the world’s poorest countries. ……

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

Pakistan Cross Border Movements Threaten Polio Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan

IRIN: Cross border movements threaten Afghan polio eradication efforts “For health care workers, Torkham border crossing connecting eastern Afghanistan to neighboring Pakistan straddles one of the most important regions in the world: Close to the border are some of the world’s few remaining reservoirs where the polio virus is endemic…”…