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Conflict-Ridden Eastern Ukraine’s Health System In Crisis, WHO Warns

Agence France-Presse: WHO sounds alarm on Ukraine’s creaking health system “Fierce fighting in Eastern Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the health system, with more than five million people affected, the United Nations said on Friday. The World Health Organization said access to primary, secondary, and emergency health services was ‘critically…

Despite Challenges Facing Health Workers, Pakistan Hopes To Eradicate Polio

BBC News: What must Pakistan do to beat polio? “Pakistan has yet to report a new case of polio in 2015 — but officials are keeping their fingers crossed nonetheless. In recent years the Taliban have banned vaccinations in areas under their control, while scores of health workers or policemen…

China Approves New Polio Vaccine, As Beijing Pushes To Lead Innovative Drug Market

Reuters: China approves new polio vaccine, shows innovative muscle “China has approved a new polio vaccine, the first of its kind to be produced in the country, a month after local authorities gave the green light for a home-grown Ebola vaccine amid Beijing’s push to become a world leader in…

Forbes To Host Online Discussions With WHO, CDC Polio Officials

Forbes: How Syria Beat Its Polio Outbreak “…On Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2:00 Eastern, Chris Maher, manager for polio eradication and emergency support for the World Health Organization in Syria, will join [contributor Devin Thorpe] for a live discussion about the efforts to manage polio through the conflicts and…

Partners Working To Introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine, Eradicate Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection Jos Vandelaer, chief of UNICEF’s Global Immunization Program, and Michel Zaffran, coordinator of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), discuss the progress made in introducing the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization…

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccinator In Pakistan

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan: Polio vaccinator killed in Faisalabad “Gunmen have killed a polio vaccinator in Pakistan’s Punjab province just a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for attacking two policemen assigned to protect an immunization team in the country’s northwest…” (Shams, 12/9). New York Times: Anti-Polio Worker Slain in Pakistan…

Blog Post Discusses Polio Eradication, Immunization Campaigns In Nigeria

Humanosphere: How the focus on polio eradication in Nigeria undermines itself In this guest post, science writer Robert Fortner discusses polio eradication in Nigeria and the relationship between polio immunization campaigns and efforts to address other vaccine-preventable diseases in the country (11/26).