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On World Day, UNICEF, Rotary Urge Continued International Efforts To Eradicate Polio

U.N. News Centre: On World Polio Day, UNICEF cites ‘dramatic’ progress against virus, urges efforts towards zero cases “Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus, but a senior United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official has vowed ‘we cannot…

Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers At Frontlines Of Anti-Polio Campaign

Foreign Policy: The Polio Capital of the World Arsla Jawaid, former managing editor at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad “As the world prepares to mark World Polio Day on Oct. 24, Pakistan remains at the center of the global effort to eradicate the virus. Despite facing a host…

Continued International Commitment Needed To Eradicate Polio

CNN: Ending polio: ‘We’re on the verge of making history’ Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…For the first time in recorded history, the entire African continent has gone a full year without a child paralyzed by wild poliovirus. To officially certify Africa polio free, we…

Understanding Political Context Around Islamist Opposition To Polio Vaccination Programs Essential To Public Health Policy, Eradicating Disease

Project Syndicate: Militant Islamism and Vaccine Skepticism Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou, both teaching fellows at the University College London’s School of Public Policy “…What is standing in the way of the [polio] virus’s eradication is not medical or technical constraints, but political resistance to the vaccination effort. … If the…

Report Discusses, Makes Recommendations For Pakistan’s Anti-Polio Efforts

International Crisis Group: Winning the War on Polio in Pakistan This report discusses and makes recommendations for Pakistan’s anti-polio campaign. “…If Pakistan is to make a durable transition out of its current polio-endemic status, it should complement eradication successes with wider routine immunization coverage, through the Expanded Program on Immunization…