The WHO said it sent six technical experts to assess a small outbreak of polio in Tajikistan, VOA News reports, adding that WHO “says this is the first importation of polio in the European region since Europe was certified as polio-free in 2002.”
The Wall Street Journal examines upcoming changes to the global strategy to eradicate polio with a focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s role in fighting the disease. “[O]rganizations behind the polio fight,” which include the WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and the CDC, “plan to announce a major revamp of their strategy to address shortcomings exposed by” the increasing number of polio outbreaks in “countries believed to have stopped the disease.” The plan is expected to be announced next week.
Lancet PerspectiveÂ Offers Ethical Case For Pursuing Polio Eradication A Lancet perspective piece examines the ethical case for pursuing polio eradication, ahead of an anticipated announcement by the World Health Assembly next month to endorse an aggressive strategy to stop polio transmission. “In a world of limited and finite resources there…
New York Times Examines How Developments In India, Nigeria Could Aid Global Polio Eradication Campaign
“A decade after the world’s original deadline for eradicating polio, the most tenacious bastions of the crippling virus â€“ Nigeria and India â€“ have recently shown remarkable progress in halting its spread, giving even some of the antipolio campaign’s severest doubters hope that it may yet largely achieve its goal,” the New York Times reports in a story looking at developments in the two countries that are helping drive down the number of polio cases there.
Newsweek examines the work of Intellectual Ventures, a Seattle-based startup that is “trying to develop a computer model that could help eradicate malaria.”
Also In Global Health News: Global Life Expectancy Increases; Polio Campaign In Afghanistan, Pakistan; Plumpy’Nut Patent; HIV Testing In SA
Global Life Expectancy Is Up, U.N. Report Says “Global life expectancy increased sharply from 47 years in 1950-55 to 68 years in 2005-2010, the U.N. has said in a report,” the U.K. Press Association reports. According to the report, “people are living longer mainly because of improvements in nutrition and…
The Associated Press looks at some anticipated changes to the “National Security Strategy, a document that previously outlined the Bush Doctrine of preventive war.” The article focuses on the prospective strategy changes, but notes that the “revisions are part of a larger effort about which the White House talks openly, one that seeks to change not just how the U.S. talks to Muslim nations, but also what it talks to them about, from health care and science to business startups and education.”
The Wall Street Journal examines Lifeline Express, “the world’s first hospital on rails,” which is run by Impact India, a group that “initially focused on immunization and prevention of diseases such as polio and malaria.” Its success has spread to China and Zimbabwe, where three Lifeline Express trains are operated, and to “hospital river boats based on the India model have been set up to tend to patients in Bangladesh and Cambodia.” It has also been used as a model for other health projects in India, according to the newspaper.
Also In Global Health News: Polio In Angola; Diarrhea Guidelines In Kenya; Water, Sanitation In Ghana
WHO To Give Angola $3M For Polio Vaccination Program The WHO will give Angola’s polio eradication program $3 million for a four stage vaccination program through December 2010, Jean Mari Yameogo, the WHO’s polio representative in Angola, said on Wednesday, the Angola Press reports. The WHO expects to spend about…
Former President Clinton, Bill Gates Encourage U.S. Global Health Investment At Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing
Former President Bill Clinton and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said Wednesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing “that U.S. investments in fighting [HIV/]AIDS, malaria and other diseases in underdeveloped nations save lives and play a vital role in improving America’s image abroad,” the Associated Press reports.