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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…

Health Workers In Pakistan Battle Polio, Militants

Foreign Policy: SWAT M.D. “…Ever since the CIA used a vaccination campaign as cover in its hunt for Osama Bin Laden, real medical professionals have found themselves in the crosshairs in Pakistan. The Taliban have banned immunizations and accused those attempting to deliver medical services in the tribal areas of…

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Polio

News outlets report on a WHO emergency meeting convened to discuss the cross-border spread of polio in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Agence France-Presse: WHO starts emergency polio talks “The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases…

NPR Interviews Gates On Why He Fights Diseases Abroad

NPR: Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home “This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds. Five hundred of the world’s top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists,…