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WHO Officially Declares India Polio-Free

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement on Thursday of India’s polio-free status. Associated Press: India is polio-free after 3 years with no new case “…The World Health Organization formally declared India polio-free on Thursday, after three years with no new cases. It said the milestone means the entire Southeast…

U.N. Deems Surge Of Polio In Syria As ‘Most Challenging In History’

The Guardian: U.N. brands polio outbreak in Syria and Iraq ‘most challenging in history’ “A U.N. agency has described the eruption of polio in Syria as perhaps ‘the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication’ after the number of cases in the war-ravaged country reached 38 and the…

Global Community Must Maintain Pressure On Leaders To Eradicate Polio

The Guardian: India may be free of polio — but the disease hasn’t been eradicated yet Archie Panjabi, actor and polio eradication ambassador for Rotary International “This week a regional certification commission is expected to declare the World Health Organization south-east Asia region polio-free. I could not be prouder about…

‘Impatient Optimists’ Publishes Posts Recognizing Successes Against Polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog published two posts recognizing the WHO’s certification of India as polio-free. In one post, Ananda Bandyopadhyay, a senior program officer for the polio program at the foundation, writes, “In order to protect the historic progress in the battle against polio, we…

India Looks To Eliminate Measles Following Success With Polio

NPR: After Ending Polio, India Turns To Stop Another Childhood Killer “…On Thursday, health officials declared India — and the entire Southeast Asia region — free of polio. … It also means that India, for the first time, has the tools and infrastructure to tackle other childhood diseases. At the…

Forbes Interviews Head Of Rotary International John Hewko

Forbes: John Hewko, Head Of Rotary, Explains Polio’s Legacy Contributor Devin Thorpe interviews John Hewko, general secretary of Rotary International, “to discuss the end game strategy for completing the eradication of polio and the legacy the effort leaves behind.” The interview is available as a video file (3/29).

Yemen, USAID Discuss Health Cooperation, Polio Prevention

Yemen News Agency (Saba): Yemen, USAID discuss health cooperation “[Yemen's] Minister of Public Health and Population Dr. Ahmed al-Ansi met on Monday with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Polio Eradication Coordinator, Ellyn Ogden. The two sides discussed the cooperation relations in the health sector, especially in the areas…

July 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on eliminating polio, a news article on reinventing the toilet, and several research and policy papers on various topics (July 2014).

U.N. Agencies Scale Up Health Care Responses In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: Amid massive displacement, U.N. agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases “United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their health care responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and…

Africa’s Wealthiest Man Pledges To Build 11 Health Centers In Nigeria

Forbes: Africa’s Richest Man To Build 11 Health Centers in Nigeria To Combat Polio “Africa’s wealthiest man Aliko Dangote has pledged to build 11 health centers in Kano, a large commercial state in Nigeria’s northwestern region, in an effort to ensure routine immunization and the general physical health of indigenes…