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Report Says Pakistan Is Largest Obstacle To Global Polio Eradication

Wall Street Journal: Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Efforts Slammed “A global body issued a scathing report Monday on Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio, saying the country was the biggest obstacle to the goal of stopping world-wide transmission of the disease by the end of 2014…” (Nauman, 10/27).

Pakistan Records Additional Polio Cases; Vaccination Program Criticized In Upcoming Report

News outlets note additional cases of polio have been recorded in Pakistan and highlight a soon-to-be-released report criticizing the government’s polio vaccination campaign. Associated Press: Pakistan detects more polio cases on awareness day “The World Health Organization said Friday that three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the…

Blog Posts Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Crisis

The following blog posts discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy”: What Can Donors Learn from HIV in Responding to Ebola? In a joint blog post, Karen Grépin, assistant professor of global health policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public…

Global Efforts To Eradicate Polio Continue On World Polio Day

News outlets report on various aspects of polio in recognition of World Polio Day, marked annually on October 24. Inter Press Service: Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication “The goal is an ambitious one — to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the…

Rotary’s ‘This Close’ Campaign Aims To End Polio

Roanoke Times: We’re “this close” to ending polio Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic; Jon Barlett, CEO of LewisGale Medical Center and president of LewisGale Regional Health System; Cynda Johnson, president and founding dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Bertram Spetzler, president of the…

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).

Polio Risk Growing In Pakistan, Conflict Zones In Middle East

News outlets report on the growing risk of polio in Pakistan and conflict zones in the Middle East. Deutsche Welle: Conflict and polio “Polio is on the rise in countries at conflict, such as Syria and Iraq. The disease was eradicated there 14 years ago. But regional conflict and a…

Pakistan Records 200 Polio Cases In 2014, Highest Number In More Than 12 Years

Washington Post: Polio becomes ‘public health emergency’ in Pakistan as number of cases soars “As world health officials struggle to respond to the Ebola epidemic, Pakistan has passed a grim milestone in its efforts to combat another major global health crisis: the fight against polio. Over the weekend, Pakistan logged…

Ending Polio Is Moral, Practical

TIME: What It Will Take to End Polio Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for TIME magazine and TIME.com “Franklin Roosevelt never knew the Pakistani babies battling polio today, but he knew their pain. The world is fighting to end that suffering forever. … It made him a champion of children…