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WHO’s Declaration Of Polio Emergency Should Be Call To Action

Two opinion pieces address the WHO’s recent declaration of polio as a global public health emergency. Huffington Post: Polio Emergency Signals Risk But Also Resolve John Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation “…Taking into account both the progress we’ve made and the very serious…

Pakistan Faces Challenges To Vaccinating Against Polio

News outlets report on polio in Pakistan, one of three countries identified last week by the WHO as a main reservoir of the virus. BBC News: Pakistan’s deadly descent into polio contagion “Pakistan was close to eradicating polio 10 years ago. But conspiracy theories, a Taliban ascendancy and drive-by shootings…

Militants Complicating Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Efforts

The Economist: Polio in Pakistan: Pariah state Pakistan’s “national polio coordinator, Ayesha Raza Farooq, is attempting to make progress [against polio despite militant attacks]. She says the government is now working on ‘firewalling’ the tribal areas, with checkpoints where children crossing into the rest of Pakistan can be vaccinated. Still,…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Polio As Global Health Emergency

The following opinion pieces and editorials address the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency and efforts to eradicate the disease. The Guardian: Polio: a case for real alarm Sarah Boseley, Guardian health editor “…The only real way to finish polio will eventually be to rid the endemic…

Pakistan Works To Contain Polio, Issues Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the spread of polio in Pakistan and the country’s efforts to contain the disease. Al Jazeera: Vaccination workers under fire “Anti-Western sentiment threatens to reverse progress made in polio vaccination roll-outs in Karachi…” (Crilly, 5/7). New York Times: Pakistan: Province Bars Entry to Those Not Vaccinated…

‘Vigorous Vaccination Efforts’ Needed To Stop Polio’s Spread

New York Times: The Global Polio Threat, Back Again “…Only two infectious diseases have ever been eradicated — smallpox and rinderpest, a viral cattle disease — but there were expectations that polio would soon join them. That hope dimmed this year when three countries where the polio virus was thought…

Polio Emergency Declaration Should Foster More Collaboration To End Disease

Noting the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency, Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “…This isn’t to say that the last mile [to polio eradication] is going to be easy. It hasn’t…

WHO Declares Polio A World Health Emergency

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Monday that the spread of polio is now a world health emergency. Associated Press: U.N.: Spread of polio now a world health emergency “The World Health Organization says the spread of polio is an international public health emergency that threatens to infect…