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IPS Interviews IFRC’s Chatterjee About Global Polio Response

Noting “Africa and Pakistan are now battling outbreaks of polio, threatening the extraordinary progress the world has made in fighting the almost-extinct disease,” Inter Press Service interviews Siddharth Chatterjee — who “has served as the chief diplomat, head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the…

Polio Can Be Stopped With Continued Support From International Community

“Six years after Somalia’s last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa,” Siddharth Chatterjee, the chief diplomat and head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in…

‘More Is Needed’ In Global Effort To Eradicate Polio Virus

In a Deseret News opinion piece, John Hoffmire, a professor at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, reflects on the global effort to eradicate polio, writing, “The world is now, 25 years [after Rotary International, a humanitarian organization made up of nearly 1.2 million members in more than…

Agencies, Health Care Workers Continue To Vaccinate Against Polio In Somalia, Pakistan

VOA News examines the polio outbreak in Somalia and the Horn of Africa in a video feature. “Earlier in 2013, polio was confined to three so-called ‘endemic countries’ — Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan — where the virus has never been snuffed out,” the news service writes in an accompanying article,…

Israel Announces Polio Virus Found In Jerusalem Sewers

In the midst of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign, Israel’s health ministry on Monday announced “[p]olio virus has been found in Jerusalem’s sewers for the first time since Israel eliminated the disease,” the New York Times reports. “In June, the virus was found in sewage in Rahat, a small city…

Examining Women’s Role In Polio Eradication

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Rachel Lonsdale, a communications officer at the foundation, examines “the critical role women vaccinators are playing in eradicating polio.” She highlights an article published in The Independent this week, which profiles a vaccinator in Pakistan named Gulnaz Sherazi. She…

Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91…

Israel Expands Polio Vaccination Campaign Nationwide

“Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports (8/18). The country kicked off the “extensive anti-polio drive by vaccinating over 30,000 children under nine…

Global Polio Eradication Effort Facing Setbacks In Africa, Middle East

“The global effort to eradicate polio, a disease that has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents,” the New York Times reports. “The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several…

Gates Blog Continues Series By Nigerian-Born Polio Survivor

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog continues its four-part series in which U.K. broadcaster and ex-Paralympian Ade Adepitan, a polio survivor, reflects on his recent trip “back to his birth country of Nigeria to see why kids in his country were still getting polio.” In the second…