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Response To Syrian Polio Outbreak Faces Challenges But Is Progressing

The Lancet: Polio in Syria Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general for polio and emergencies, and Ala Alwan, director of WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean “…Fully implementing [a response plan to the polio outbreak in Syria] … has required overcoming immense hurdles to reach every child amid the wreckage…

‘High Time’ To Eradicate Polio

The Nation: Polio eradication: A true story Tariq Iqbal Bhutta, chair of Pakistan’s National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) “With around 40 years of experience in the field of pediatrics and public health, heading different medical institutions in the country, I feel it is my responsibility to provide a true…

U.N. Responds To Humanitarian Situation In Syria

The U.N. News Centre reports on humanitarian efforts in Syria. U.N. News Centre: U.N. begins polio vaccination campaign at besieged Palestinian refugee camp in Syria “The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees said today it has begun a large-scale polio vaccination campaign targeting thousands of children in the Yarmouk refugee…

Completion Of Polio Vaccine Campaign In Middle East Critical To Eradication Efforts

Huffington Post: Polio: Why It Matters To You Batoul Abuharb, a student at the University of Houston College of Optometry and co-founder of Dunia Health, and Cherie Fathy, a student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a project assistant at Dunia Health Discussing a recent outbreak of polio in…

Bomb Targets Pakistan Polio Team, Kills At Least 11

News outlets report on the latest series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse: Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12 “Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest exploded Saturday, officials said, in…

10M Children In Middle East To Receive Polio Vaccination, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: 10 million children in Mideast to get polio vaccine: U.N. “Millions of children in the Middle East will be vaccinated against polio this month after the crippling disease resurfaced in conflict-hit Syria, the United Nations said Sunday…” (3/2).

Polio Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging Along Afghanistan-Pakistan Border

Agence France-Presse: Polio’s last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border “About 1.3 million oral vaccinations are administered every year to children at the Torkham Gate crossing, the focal point of an intense global campaign to eradicate polio by 2018. But Afghanistan and Pakistan — two of the three remaining ‘endemic’ polio…

UNICEF, GAVI, Others Announce More Accessibility To Inactivated Polio Vaccines

Media outlets report on several groups’ announcement that they will make inactivated polio vaccines (IPVs) more accessible and available to developing countries. CIDRAP News: UNICEF, WHO push for inactivated polio vaccine “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recently announced that inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) will be available to low-income countries…

Polio Vaccine Partnership Will Help Eradicate Disease, Bring Global Health Equity

“…Thanks to a new arrangement announced last week, which was made in partnership among GAVI, our foundation and the pharmaceutical industry, a major barrier to global vaccination with [inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)] is erased now with the availability of IPV at a significantly-reduced price for the world’s poorest countries. ……

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

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