Reuters examines the global effort to eradicate polio and how failure to eliminate the disease could affect future global health undertakings. “Global health and vaccines experts say they have polio ‘on the ropes,’ but are frustrated that the goal of eradicating it continues to elude them more than 20 years after they set their sights on it. They fear failure could crush trust in other major disease projects such as fighting malaria, HIV or measles,” according to the news service.
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Newspaper Examines Gene That Enables Drug Resistance In Bacteria The Washington Post looks at the gene NDM-1, which makes bacteria “resistant to many medications [and] marks a worrying development in the fight against infectious diseases, which can mutate to defeat humans’ antibiotic arsenal.” The article examines the presumed origin of…
A polio outbreak in Angola, which started in 2007 after the country had not reported a case of polio in six years, could have “international consequences” if it is not stopped, Sona Bari, the WHO’s spokesperson on polio eradication, said on Friday, Reuters reports.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released its 2009 annual report (.pdf) highlighting some of the foundation’s work over the last year, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports (Holtzman, 9/7).
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HIV-Positive Children On HAART May Need Revaccination HIV-positive children on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) “may need to be revaccinated to maintain their immunity against preventable childhood diseases,” according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, HealthDay/BusinessWeek reports. After reviewing 38 studies, researchers found that children…
Regional Director Of WHO Africa Warns Of Impact Global Financial Situation Will Have On Health Systems, MDGs
Regional Director of WHO for Africa Luis Sambo discussed during the 60th session of the Africa Committee of the WHO how the global economic situation could impact funding for health programs in Africa and the ability for countries to reach U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, PANA/Afrique en ligne reports.
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“Polio has reappeared in a corner of the world that had not seen cases in years â€“ Tajikistan, the former Soviet republic â€“ a chilling setback in the two-decade campaign to purge a dreaded cause of childhood paralysis from the planet,” the Boston Globe reports in a story that examines the reemergence of polio in other areas of the world.
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Kenya Approves Constitution In Peaceful Election “Kenyans voted in favour of a new constitution in a peaceful referendum that could reshape the political landscape of east Africa’s largest economy, partial results showed on Thursday,” Reuters writes. The new constitution “addresses the corruption, political patronage, land-grabbing and tribalism which have plagued…
“Eastern Africa is free of polio again, with four countries â€“ Ethiopia , Kenya, Sudan and Uganda â€“ having reported no cases of the crippling disease for more than a year, U.N. and other aid agencies said on Friday,” Reuters reports (7/30). The WHO “said the region had responded fast to the outbreak,” according to the Daily Monitor. The article reports that the four countries now “join neighbouring Somalia which has been polio free for the last three years” (Lirri, 8/2).