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Women Play Key Role In Defeating Polio, Other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

In an opinion piece in The Atlantic, Haider Javed Warraich, a resident in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an author, discusses the challenges posed by people who do not believe in vaccination, from the views of actor Jenny McCarthy in the U.S. to the…

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…

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…

Washington Post Blog Interviews Bill Gates On Global Health, Polio Eradication

In the Washington Post’s “Wonkblog,” columnist Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, about his focus on improving global health and efforts to eradicate polio. According to the interview transcript, Gates discusses challenges in public health data collection, replicating successful health programs in different…

Security Officer Protecting Pakistani Polio Team Killed In Attack

“Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in one of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/20). “Local government administrator Faramosh Khan [said] the gunmen attacked the team on Monday in the town of Mamound in the Bajur tribal…

Polio Cases Detected In Kenya, Somalia, WHO Says

The WHO “says the Horn of Africa is experiencing an outbreak of polio with cases confirmed in Kenya and Somalia,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. The “WHO said Wednesday that a four-year-old girl near the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and two of her contacts tested positive for polio, the…

WHO Suspends Polio Vaccination Campaign In Pakistan After 2 Volunteers Shot

The WHO “on Tuesday withdrew polio-vaccination teams from the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar after two volunteers were shot, in another setback to eradicating the crippling disease that remains resilient in the region,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Symington/Hodge, 5/28). “The victims of the shooting in the violence-plagued northwestern city…

Also In Global Health News: Uganda Bill; USAID; ARVs And Food; Polio Declines In Nigeria

News Outlets Examine Reaction To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Legislation Effect On HIV/AIDS Efforts The Daily Monitor reports on a statement released Friday by U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), chair of the Senate’s Committee on Africa, on Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. “Its passage would hurt the close working relationship between our two countries, especially…

Opinions: Future Of PEPFAR; Family Planning

Washington Post Editorial Examines Future Of PEPFAR A Washington Post editorial examines the future of PEPFAR under the Obama administration, as outlined in a five-year strategy released earlier this month. Though “[m]any organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, continue to worry that Mr. Obama is ‘flat-lining’ funding for the vital program,”…

Wild Poliovirus Reaches More African Countries In 2009, WHO Official Says

Cases of polio have been reported in some African countries that have eradicated the disease, Luis Gomes Sambo, the WHO’s Africa regional director, said Monday at the opening of a child immunisation conference in Zimbabwe, Agence France-Presse reports (12/14).