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Despite Challenges, Polio Eradication Efforts Continue To Progress

Humanosphere: Range of setbacks slow progress toward polio eradication Humanosphere correspondent Tom Murphy discusses several challenges to polio eradication in the three remaining endemic countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — including a lack of access to certain regions and vaccine shortages. He writes, “Despite the challenges, the effort for eradication…

U.N.-Supported Campaign Vaccinates Nearly 5M Children For Polio In Yemen

U.N. News Centre: Millions of children in Yemen vaccinated against polio through U.N.-backed campaign “Despite daunting challenges, United Nations agencies and partners in war-torn Yemen have completed a major nationwide polio inoculation campaign, vaccinating nearly five million children under the age of five against the paralyzing disease…” (4/10).

Taliban Allows Polio Vaccination Team Access To Kunduz Following Cases Among Children

The Guardian: Polio in Afghanistan: ‘Americans bomb our children daily, why would they care?’ “Just over a fortnight ago, a 14-month-old girl in the Afghan province of Kunduz was diagnosed with polio. Within days, the Taliban granted health workers access to parts of northern Afghanistan for the first time in…

Blog Post Highlights MMWR Reports On DRC Yellow Fever Outbreak, Global Polio Surveillance Efforts

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Yellow fever, polio reports highlight obstacles to disease prevention, control, eradication Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” highlights two recent reports published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One report discusses an August 2016 yellow fever outbreak in the…

Coordinated Polio Immunization Campaign Underway In West, Central African Nations

Deutsche Welle: Fresh drive to rid Western Africa of polio “Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in Western and Central African nations, especially Nigeria. … The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said Friday its teams were aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries…

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…

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