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Frontline Health Workers, Funders Critical To Progress Against Polio

Project Syndicate: The Polio Heroes Bill Gates, founder and technology adviser of the Microsoft Corporation and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The credit [for the progress against polio] goes to an international coalition of visionary people: the leaders who make polio eradication a high priority in their…

U.S. Polio Efforts Aid In Extending Broader Health Care Services To Border Populations In Ethiopia

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Delivering Health Services to Ethiopia’s Borderlands Chris Millard, program manager and research associate for CSIS’ Global Health Policy Center, discusses challenges to delivering basic health care to border populations, particularly women and children in Ethiopia, as well as the positive impact…

Taliban Begin Supporting Polio-Eradication Efforts In Afghanistan, Bloomberg Reports

Bloomberg Business: Taliban Join Global Effort to Kill Off Polio in 2016 “…The insurgent group, whose anti-government attacks have stoked insecurity in Afghanistan and hampered vaccinators, is working alongside local and international health authorities to wipe out the last vestiges of polio, marshaling thousands of people to immunize vulnerable children…”…

India Launches IPV, Will Withdraw OPV Type 2 From Routine Immunization Services

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Launch of Inactivated Polio Vaccine in India Raj Ghosh, deputy director of India Vaccine Delivery at the BMGF India, discusses efforts to end polio in India, including the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and the withdrawal of oral polio vaccine (OPV) type…

WHO Urges Ukraine To Declare State Of Emergency For Polio Outbreak

Associated Press: U.N.: Polio outbreak in Ukraine is a state of emergency “The World Health Organization is urging Ukraine’s health ministry to declare a state of emergency due to a polio outbreak, a move meant to prompt more action from the government in Kiev. In September, Ukraine announced two polio…

U.N.’s Ban Urges Commonwealth Nation Leaders To Commit To Ending Polio

U.N. News Centre: In Malta, Ban urges Commonwealth leaders to join U.N. in ‘final push’ to wipe out polio “A world that may have once seemed unimaginable is within reach — a polio-free world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Saturday], urging leaders gathered in Malta for the Commonwealth Summit to build…

Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Surveillance, Vaccine Coverage

Devex: How to make a virus disappear Jay Wenger, director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s polio eradication efforts within the Global Development Program “…Polio’s shrinking geographic territory and genetic diversity show that eradication — one of the most ambitious public health goals ever pursued — is not only…

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