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Pakistani Army’s Campaign Against Militants Also Helps Improve Polio Eradication Efforts

Los Angeles Times: Pakistan’s campaign against militants curbs another menace: polio “The Pakistani army’s nearly yearlong campaign against Islamist militants in the northern tribal belt has its skeptics, but one area where experts say its effect has been unmistakable is in battling polio. Six cases have been reported this year…

Science Magazine Examines Measles Eradication Efforts, Feasibility

Science: Is measles next? “Before the polio virus is even in the grave, a small cadre of disease fighters is itching to set the next global eradication target: measles. … Skeptics question whether a measles initiative would fall down the same rabbit hole as did the polio effort, which has…

U.N. Aims To Reach Almost 5.7M Iraqi Children In Polio Vaccination Campaign

U.N. News Centre: U.N. launches mass polio vaccination campaign set to target nearly 5.7 million Iraqi children “Aiming to target 5.7 million children under the age of five, the United Nations [Tuesday] launched a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, which is set to be conducted in all governorates to…

Disease Eradication Efforts Must Continue In Earnest, Be Fully Supported Until Completion

Bloomberg Business: How the World Is Wiping Out Killer Diseases Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…These eradication efforts [for Guinea worm, polio, malaria, and other diseases] represent genuine and largely unheralded breakthroughs, not just for Africa but for the planet as a whole. At the…

CSIS Report Examines U.S. Government’s Polio Efforts, ‘Legacy Planning’

Center for Strategic & International Studies: The United States Should Take a Proactive Stance on Polio Eradication Legacy Planning In this report, Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses the U.S. government’s role in polio eradication and polio ‘legacy planning’ (5/6).

Pakistan Can Help World Reach Zero Polio Cases With Sustained Vaccination Efforts

Washington Post: Making polio history Editorial Board “Pakistan now stands as the main barrier to the global elimination of wild poliovirus. … [But the country] is rallying. There have been only 22 cases so far this year, compared with almost 60 at this time last year. Violence has abated, at…