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Conference Addresses Status, Progress, Challenges Of Global Polio Eradication Efforts

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health Blog”: Meeting the Challenges of Global Polio Eradication Chris Millard, program manager and research associate for the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, highlights topics discussed during a CSIS conference on global polio eradication, including “the strategic transition of polio assets to address other global…

WHO’s Removal Of Nigeria From Polio-Endemic List ‘Should Have’ Received More Attention

Humanosphere: WHO’s big announcement that had nothing to do with bacon Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy says WHO’s announcement that Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries “should have” received more media attention because “a polio-free world just drew a bit closer.” He includes quotes from CDC Director Tom…

Nigerian President Buhari Vows Continued Efforts To Completely Eradicate Polio After WHO Removes Country From Endemic List

News outlets report on reactions to WHO’s formal removal of Nigeria from its polio-endemic list. Agence France-Presse: Nigeria on ‘relentless’ drive to eradicate polio “Nigeria will not relent in its campaign to stamp out polio until the crippling disease is completely eradicated, President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday…” (10/26). Associated Press:…

Wild Poliovirus Could Be Halted Next Year, Experts Say

NPR: Next Year Could Mark The End Of Polio “Polio is on its last legs. The disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of kids a year around the globe is now down to just a few dozen cases this year. ‘We are aiming to halt all transmission of wild…

International Community Must Intensify Efforts To Eradicate Polio

Devex: Polio on the brink of eradication Peter Crowley, head of the UNICEF polio team “…We still face setbacks [in progress against polio]. … We must work harder to prevent … lapses, by intensifying our efforts, and by strengthening and maintaining optimal levels of immunity around the world. It has…

CDC’s MMWR Examines Progress Toward Global Eradication Of Guinea Worm, Polio

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis, January 2014 — June 2015 Researchers from the Carter Center and CDC discuss progress toward eradicating dracunculiasis, or Guinea worm disease, which is caused by a parasitic worm. The report highlights the situations in Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and…