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Japan Provides $2.6M To UNICEF To Aid Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Program

“The Government of Japan has extended a grant of 226 million Japanese Yen (approximately US$2.62 million) to Pakistan through UNICEF for supporting the polio eradication program in Pakistan,” Agence France-Presse/Dawn.com reports. “About $2 million out of the total grant will cover the procurement of approximately 13 million doses of oral polio vaccine…

Nigerian Polio Vaccinators Face Challenges But Aim For Eradication By 2018

The Independent reports on the challenges polio vaccinators in Nigeria face, including “the daily gauntlet of militant gangs, kidnappers, and unforgiving waters, on a mission to immunize children.” Polio remains endemic in Nigeria, as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan, “[a]nd it’s why the vaccinators — determined to cut the deaths…

Also In Global Health News: Counterfeit Drugs; Polio in Ghana, Liberia; Deworming and HIV

Counterfeit Drugs Increasing Problem in Underdeveloped Countries, Report Finds Counterfeit and substandard drugs are becoming an increasing problem in underdeveloped countries, according to a new report (pdf) released by the International Policy Network, Public Agenda/AllAfrica.com reports. The report — sponsored by IMANI Center for Policy & Education — finds that…

Also in Global Health News: Pakistan Polio Vaccine Effort; New GHC President; Tanzania Expanding RDTs; HIV/AIDS Vaccine Trial; Thailand HIV Effort

Pakistan Launches Polio Vaccine Effort Pakistani health officials on Wednesday announced a three-day nationwide anti-polio vaccination campaign targeting the children of internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps, the  News International  reports. The announcment was made at a UNICEF-sponsored ceremony held at a Peshawar school (Mahmood, News International, 5/28). Altaf Bosan, who leads the expanded immunization program, said that targeting…

Also in Global Health News: Polio Vaccines in Nigeria; Health Care in Indonesia; Circumcision To Prevent HIV/AIDS in Botswana

Nigeria Releases 57M Polio Vaccines, Aims To Increase Vaccine Coverage The Nigerian government recently released 57 million doses of the trivalent oral polio vaccine for a nationwide campaign that concluded on Sunday, Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper reports. Additional campaigns are scheduled for July, August and October (Muanya, Guardian, 5/28). The Guardian…

Also in Global Health News: U.N. Asks For IDP Aid; Gates On Polio & HIV/AIDS Vaccine; AIDS Cases Triple In Indonesia; Drugs In Kenya, Uganda & Liberia

U.N. Agencies, NGOs Appeal For $37M For IDPs In Pakistan The WHO, UNICEF, the U.N. Population Fund and 19 NGOs have appealed for $37 million to provide “life-saving healthcare” for more than three million internally displaced people currently residing in temporary camps in northwest Pakistan, the International News reports. The…