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Polio Eradication Efforts Hampered By Conspiracy Theories, Terrorism

Motherboard: Conspiracy Theories Are the Reason We Still Have Polio “…The last countries with polio have some important commonalities: They are rankled by terrorism that threatens health workers and makes it difficult to disseminate vaccines. But the root of this is often based in something else entirely: conspiracy theories that…

Agile, Innovative Polio Immunization Campaigns Help Pakistan Edge Closer To Eradication

The Guardian: Polio’s last stand: frantic effort to eradicate Pakistan’s ‘badge of shame’ “…Here in Pakistan, home to almost all of the world’s polio cases just a few years ago, [a mobile population] require[s] a vaccination strategy as agile and stubborn as the virus itself. At hundreds of sites, teams…

Melinda, Bill Gates Discuss Global Health Efforts On CBS Sunday Morning

CBS: Sunday Morning Conversation with Melinda Gates Jane Pauley interviews Melinda and Bill Gates about their efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; how the use of data informs their actions; and how improving access to contraceptives for women worldwide is a priority…

Despite Challenges, CDC, Other Global Health Agencies Administer Childhood Immunizations In Effort To Eradicate Polio In Nigeria

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: CDC Maintains Vigilance to Eradicate Polio in Northern Nigeria Chimeremma Denis Nnadi, an epidemiologist in the Polio Eradication Branch of the CDC’s Global Immunization Division, discusses his work with the Global Immunization team in Nigeria, which “is closer than ever to eradicating polio.” Nnadi notes the…

WHO Committee Recommends Extension Of Polio As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

WHO: Twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2015) regarding the international spread of poliovirus “The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the director general on 7…

Multiple U.S. Billionaires Funding Global Health Initiatives

International Business Times: A Cure For All Disease? Mark Zuckerberg Isn’t Only Billionaire Trying To Save Lives, So Are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg, And Ray Dalio “Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the only billionaire trying to eradicate diseases. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former New York City…

Joint Polio Efforts By Afghanistan, Pakistan Suggest Eradication Achievable ‘Very Soon’

Humanosphere: ‘All systems in place’ for Afghanistan to eradicate polio, says WHO Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, discusses efforts to address polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made and challenges ahead. Lu writes, “Afghanistan only had 13 recorded cases [of polio] last year, down from 20…

WHO Executive Board Discusses Global Polio Post-Eradication Transition Plan

Devex: WHO board discusses polio eradication endgame “Polio eradication and antimicrobial resistance were among the biggest issues at the World Health Organization’s weeklong executive board meetings, which concluded on Tuesday. … The board called for the director general to compile a thorough report ahead of the World Health Assembly in…

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