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Examining Need To Stop New Outbreaks In Polio-Free Countries

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Hamid Jafari, director of global polio eradication and research at the WHO, reflects on global polio eradication efforts, noting “[a]n editorial in the Washington Post on Monday and a recent NPR piece both draw attention to one…

U.N., E.U. Officials Call For More Humanitarian Action In Syria

Paulo Pinheiro, chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on Monday spoke to the U.N. General Assembly and “urged the international community to demand a diplomatic solution to the 2 1/2-year conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people,” the Associated Press reports. “He said 4.5 million…

Taliban Ban On Vaccines In Pakistan Affecting Children’s Health

Inter Press Service examines how Taliban control is threatening the lives of children in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), writing, “[T]he Taliban have imposed a complete ban on all vaccines against preventable childhood diseases, including polio — sometimes referred to simply as ‘infantile paralysis’ due to its crippling effects…

CSIS Blog Examines GPEI Polio Eradication Plan

In a video analysis, the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog examines the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) six-year Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan released this year, noting, “The strategy outlines steps to end polio transmission, help improve childhood immunization programs, and begin a…

Continued Investment In Polio Eradication Has ‘Never Been More Critical’

“As I read the final communiqué from the G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Ireland, I was struck by the virtual silence on global health and development,” Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada, writes in a Thomas Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “This absence is especially unfortunate given that one of…

Nigerian Millionaire Donates $1M To International Polio Eradication Program

“Sir Emeka Offor, a wealthy Nigerian oil baron, has donated $1 million to PolioPlus, an international polio eradication program promoted by Rotary International, Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper has reported,” according to Forbes. “Offor, who is the founder and executive vice chairman of Chrome Group, a Nigerian conglomerate with interests in oil…

Gates Foundation, Rotary International Renew Partnership To Eradicate Polio

“Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have renewed a fundraising partnership they hope will inject millions of new dollars into the final push to eradicate polio, a goal both say is closer than ever,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “Under the agreement, the Gates Foundation said it…