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Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

Bill Gates Answers Questions On Global Health, Other Issues In Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ Discussion

“Former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates did a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) Monday and discussed several important global health issues,” the Global Dispatch reports (Herriman, 2/11). The Huffington Post’s “Global Motherhood” blog also recaps the discussion, writing that readers “flooded…

Moving Beyond Condemnation To Actions That Protect Health Workers

“Between December and January, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan, according to Reuters — and [on Friday], nine female health workers were slain in northern Nigeria, also while working on a polio eradication campaign,” Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth, writes in the organization’s “Global…

Disease Eradication Efforts Set Sights On Polio, Guinea Worm

“It’s not a race, exactly, but there’s an intriguing uncertainty about whether a former U.S. president or a software magnate will cause the next deliberate extinction of a species in the wild. Will Jimmy Carter eradicate Guinea worm before Bill Gates eradicates polio?” Wall Street Journal commentator Matt Ridley asks…

Nine Polio Workers Killed In Northern Nigeria

“Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centers in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC,” the news agency reports. “In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle,” and “[t]hirty minutes later gunmen…

IDB To Provide $251M Loan For Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Program

“The Islamic Development Bank has approved a $251 million loan for Pakistan’s anti-polio program as attacks against health workers continue,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” reports. “The loan will finance a program worth $300 million, which will be managed by the Pakistani government until 2015, when the disease is expected to be…

On FDR’s Birthday, International Community Should Honor His Legacy By Eradicating Polio

In an opinion piece in the GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Oshinsky notes “January 30 mark[ed] the 131st birthday of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest-serving American president,” and “reflects on the advances in the fight against polio, one of FDR’s greatest legacies.” He writes, “Roosevelt took up…