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Polio Eradication Plan Is Working, But Continued Support Necessary

“Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area,” Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive…

Bloomberg Businessweek Interviews Bill Gates About His Foundation’s Health, Education Efforts

In Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Interview Issue,” the news service talks with philanthropist Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about the organization’s health and education campaigns. According to the interview transcript, Gates discusses the foundation’s polio and malaria efforts, reflects on the experiences that have led him to…

DRC To Launch New Polio Vaccination Campaign

IRIN examines polio eradication efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighting a new vaccination campaign scheduled to begin this month. “At one stage, after no cases were recorded between 2001 and 2005, polio was considered eradicated in DRC,” the news service writes. Today, however, “DRC is considered an ‘importation…

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…

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…

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…

Aid Workers In Somalia Struggle To Contain Polio Outbreak, U.N. Reports

“Aid workers in war-torn Somalia are struggling to contain a dangerous outbreak of the crippling polio virus, with rampant insecurity hampering efforts, the United Nations said Friday,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports. “Six years after the Horn of Africa nation was declared free of the virus, at least 105 cases have…

IRIN Examines Gaps In Childhood Immunization Efforts In South Sudan

“South Sudan is doing its bit for global polio eradication efforts, but huge gaps in immunization against other diseases remain,” IRIN reports. “Targeted polio immunization efforts started in the area more than a decade before the country’s independence in 2011 and have remained a top priority,” the news service writes,…