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Polio Eradication Activities Can Help Improve Routine Immunization Efforts

Naveen Thacker, president-elect of the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (APPA), writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “Beyond the value of face-to-face advocacy, the polio eradication effort [in India and elsewhere] opens the door for the delivery of all essential vaccines and health services in a…

At Least 25 Children Infected With Wild Polio Virus In Northern Nigeria

At least 25 children in northern Nigeria have been infected with wild polio virus this year, according to an official, the country’s Premium Times reports. WHO Consultant on Vaccine Security and Logistics Bolaji Buari “said this on Friday at Tegina town in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State ……

Two Polio Volunteers Shot To Death In Northeastern Pakistan

“Two volunteers in a polio immunization campaign were shot to death on Sunday in the Swabi district of northeastern Pakistan, the police said,” the New York Times reports. “The two volunteers, one a local schoolteacher, were killed by two gunmen, the district police chief, Mian Saeed, said,” the newspaper notes…

Bill Gates Offers To Assist Pakistan In Health Sector

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “has offered to assist Pakistan [with its] health sector in a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PM office said Tuesday,” News Pakistan reports (Khan, 6/11). “Gates promised to extend financial and technical assistance to the government of Pakistan…

Financial Times Magazine Examines Pakistan’s Polio Fight

The Financial Times Magazine features a story examining the challenges volunteer polio workers face in vaccinating children in Pakistan. The article details the murder of several polio workers in December 2012, the operation of vaccination teams and their security details, and rumors surrounding the polio vaccine that have caused some…

End To Polio ‘Now In Sight’

“The massive effort to eradicate polio through worldwide vaccination hit some new speed bumps over the past several days, with fresh reports of outbreaks of the disease in the Horn of Africa, and continued deadly attacks on polio workers in rebel-controlled areas of Pakistan and Nigeria,” Jay Winsten, an associate…

Governance, Security Are ‘Essential’ To Eradicate Polio

In his “Africa in Transition” blog, John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, examines the reemergence of polio in the Horn of Africa, noting the WHO in April “reported the new presence of wild polio virus type 1 (WPV1) in the…

Polio Virus Found In Sewage Sample From Israel

“The polio virus has been found in a sewage sample from Israel for the first time since 2002, the [WHO] announced on Monday,” the New York Times reports, noting no new cases have been identified in Israel or in Gaza or the West Bank. “The sample was from Rahat, a…