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Taliban Threatens To Stymie Polio Eradication Efforts In Pakistan

NPR: Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication “…Today the [Taliban] militant group continues to threaten to kill not only [polio] vaccinators but also parents who get their children immunized. That threat has had a chilling effect on anti-polio efforts nationwide. And it completely halted vaccination drives in some Taliban-controlled…

AVAC Director Discusses Myths, Challenges Surrounding Vaccine Delivery

Deutsche Welle: Whether it’s polio, HPV or HIV, ‘crazy myths’ about vaccines run wild on social media “Scientists often think the health benefits of vaccines are obvious. But they are not. Disease prevention advocate, Mitchell Warren, says social media will help — if we can harness it…” (Abbany, 7/30).

Health Workers Vaccinate Children In Pakistan, Despite Death Threats

NPR: Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains “…Being a front-line health worker usually isn’t controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear that the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to…

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…

Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…

‘High Time’ To Eradicate Polio

The Nation: Polio eradication: A true story Tariq Iqbal Bhutta, chair of Pakistan’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) “With around 40 years of experience in the field of pediatrics and public health, heading different medical institutions in the country, I feel it is my responsibility to provide a true…

U.N. Helps Organize Polio Vaccinations In 6 Central African Nations

VOA News: U.N. to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations “The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory…” (Kindzeka, 10/21).

WHO Issues Statement On Second IHR Emergency Committee Meeting On Polio

WHO: WHO statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement regarding the second meeting of the Emergency Committee, which discussed the status of the spread of polio since the WHO’s declaration…

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