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Europe Risks Re-Introduction Of Polio From Israel, Report Says

“Europe is at risk of a re-introduction of polio, more than a decade after the region was declared free of the disease, after the disfiguring virus was found in sewage in Israel, according to a European Union report [.pdf]” released this week, Bloomberg News reports. “Poliovirus was identified in 91…

UNICEF To Immunize 20M Children Against Polio In Iraq, Syria, Egypt

News outlets report on UNICEF’s polio vaccination campaign launched over the weekend in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Deutsche Welle: Massive polio vaccination underway in Syria and Iraq “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched a vaccination campaign Sunday as part of an international response to a major polio outbreak in…

Counterterrorism Measures Must Stop Using Vaccination Teams As Covers

Foreign Policy: The Shots Heard Around the World Laurie Garrett, journalist and senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “New shots are jeopardizing humanity’s battle to eradicate polio, and they don’t include syringes or vaccines. Rather, they’re the gunshots of Islamic terrorists. … The collective forces…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

Canada Supporting Polio Eradication, Child Health Efforts Wordwide

Ottawa Citizen: Op-Ed: On the brink of polio eradication Peter Crowley, head of polio for UNICEF “…Nearly three decades ago, governments and global health leaders including UNICEF, the World Health Organization and Rotary International created the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership to achieve a polio-free world. The government…

Polio Immunization Efforts Continue In Iraq, Cameroon

News outlets discuss efforts to vaccinate populations against polio in Iraq and Cameroon. Associated Press: Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict “Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting…

Pakistan To Administer Polio Vaccines At Security Checkpoints

Agence France-Presse/Gulf Today: Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas “Pakistani officials said on Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country’s tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks. The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of…

Equatorial Guinea Reports 2 Polio Cases After 15 Years Of Being Disease-Free

NPR: Polio Hits Equatorial Guinea, Threatens Central Africa “Health officials are worried. After being free of polio for nearly 15 years, Equatorial Guinea has two cases of the disease. … The outbreak is dangerous, in part, because Equatorial Guinea has the worst polio vaccination rate in the world: 39 percent…”…

Polio Movement Achieves Successes, Faces Challenges

Writing in PSI’s “Impact” blog, founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan and co-director of research in global child health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Zulfiqar Bhutta, shares reflections on polio efforts made in 2013 and looks ahead to…

Global Polio Eradication Would Be Worldwide Victory

Huffington Post: A Remarkable Achievement: 80 Percent of the World Now Polio-Free Tom Frieden, CDC director “I’m recently back from New Delhi where I attended meetings on global health security, tuberculosis, and HIV — and very importantly, participated in the World Health Organization’s event to certify Southeast Asia free of…