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Ukraine’s Polio Outbreak Could Widen Due To Delays In Vaccine Licensing, WHO Warns

The Guardian: Ukraine risks polio spreading as it delays licensing new vaccine “Ukraine could be a month away from becoming the only country in the world without protection from polio because of delays in licensing a new vaccine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Health workers in Ukraine, which…

Polio Eradication In Conflict Areas Requires Securing Support Of Political, Militant Leaders

Project Syndicate: The Politics of Polio Eradication Jonathan Kennedy, teaching fellow at the UCL School of Public Policy and research associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and Domna Michailidou economic adviser for OECD’s Economics Department and teaching fellow at the Center for Development Studies at…

Vaccines, Access To Toilets, Clean Water Critical To Ending Polio

U.N. Dispatch: Want To Stop Polio? Vaccines Are Crucial. But So Are Toilets. Karen Coates, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, discusses the importance of vaccines and access to toilets for the eradication of polio, writing, “Ultimately, it takes a combination of vaccines, toilets,…

Pakistan Records 3 New Polio Cases, Bringing Global Total For Year To 5

VOA News: New Cases of Polio Reported in Pakistan “Three new cases of polio were reported in Pakistan last week, bringing the total number of worldwide polio cases this year to five — all of them in Pakistan. The country remains front and center in the global fight to eradicate…

CSIS Report Discusses U.S. Role In Transitioning Polio Eradication Assets In Ethiopia

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Global Health Policy Center”: Bolstering Public Health Capacities through Global Polio Eradication The summary of this report by Nellie Bristol, senior fellow, and Chris Millard, research associate and program manager, both at the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, states, “U.S.-funded global polio eradication assets…

Pakistani Polio Worker Shot, Wounded During Nationwide Immunization Campaign

Reuters: Polio worker shot as Pakistan holds countrywide vaccination drive “Gunmen shot and wounded a Pakistani polio worker in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against eradication teams in a country that accounts for more than 70 percent of the world’s cases…

Congress Should Increase FY17 U.S. Funding For Global WASH, Education Programs

The Hill: Obama’s budget addresses extreme poverty, but Congress must do more Judith Rowland, U.S. policy & advocacy manager at the Global Poverty Project “…[W]hile [President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request] shows strong support for life-saving vaccines and polio eradication, it misses the mark on funding for clean water, sanitation,…

Health Workers Begin Polio Vaccination Campaign In Pakistan Despite Threats

Reuters: Despite threats, thousands join anti-polio drive in Pakistan, a last bastion of the disease “More than 100,000 health workers fanned out across Pakistan on Monday, stepping up a drive to eliminate the polio virus this year from one of its last bastions, despite continuing militant threats to vaccination teams.…

Strengthening Frontline Health Workforce Essential To Increasing Access To Vaccines

Gavi’s “Vaccineswork”: On the Frontlines: Supporting Health Workers that Deliver Lifesaving Vaccines Scott Weathers, Global Health Corps policy fellow at IntraHealth International, discusses the role of frontline health workers in delivering vaccines, writing, “Ensuring that frontline health workers are safe, motivated, properly trained, and incentivized must be central considerations of…

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