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Polio Can Be Stopped With Continued Support From International Community

“Six years after Somalia’s last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa,” Siddharth Chatterjee, the chief diplomat and head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in…

IPS Interviews IFRC’s Chatterjee About Global Polio Response

Noting “Africa and Pakistan are now battling outbreaks of polio, threatening the extraordinary progress the world has made in fighting the almost-extinct disease,” Inter Press Service interviews Siddharth Chatterjee — who “has served as the chief diplomat, head of strategic partnerships and international relations at the International Federation of the…

Efforts To Eradicate Polio Continue In Israel, Pakistan

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program report on nationwide efforts in Israel to vaccinate one million children against polio after researchers found the virus in 85 different sewage samples from across the country. “Getting rid of polio flare-ups, like the one in Israel right now, is a crucial part…

Poverty, Conflict Helping Polio Re-emerge

“The polio virus, as it is frustratingly inclined to do, has rebounded again despite the ongoing, determined effort aimed at worldwide eradication,” development blogger Tom Paulson writes in the Humanosphere blog, noting the virus has caused active infections in Ethiopia and Somalia and been found in sewage in Israel. “The…

Gates Blog Continues Series By Nigerian-Born Polio Survivor

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog continues its four-part series in which U.K. broadcaster and ex-Paralympian Ade Adepitan, a polio survivor, reflects on his recent trip “back to his birth country of Nigeria to see why kids in his country were still getting polio.” In the second…

Global Polio Eradication Effort Facing Setbacks In Africa, Middle East

“The global effort to eradicate polio, a disease that has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents,” the New York Times reports. “The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several…

Israel Expands Polio Vaccination Campaign Nationwide

“Israel took its polio vaccination campaign nationwide on Sunday, saying a two-week vaccination effort in the south was not enough to curb the threat of an outbreak of the virus,” Agence France-Presse/Fox News reports (8/18). The country kicked off the “extensive anti-polio drive by vaccinating over 30,000 children under nine…

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,…

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