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Polio Movement Achieves Successes, Faces Challenges

Writing in PSI’s “Impact” blog, founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan and co-director of research in global child health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Zulfiqar Bhutta, shares reflections on polio efforts made in 2013 and looks ahead to…

Global Polio Eradication Would Be Worldwide Victory

Huffington Post: A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free Tom Frieden, CDC director “I’m recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV — and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization’s event to certify Southeast Asia free of…

NPR Interviews Gates On Why He Fights Diseases Abroad

NPR: Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home “This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds. Five hundred of the world’s top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists,…

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Polio

News outlets report on a WHO emergency meeting convened to discuss the cross-border spread of polio in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: WHO starts emergency polio talks “The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases…

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…”…

Pakistan To Pay Parents In New Polio Vaccination Campaign

News outlets report on Pakistan’s new campaign that pays parents to vaccinate their children against polio. The Guardian: Pakistan to pay parents in new polio vaccination drive “Parents in one of Pakistan’s most troubled provinces are to be paid to vaccinate their children against polio, the crippling disease the world…