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Pakistan Struggles To Contain Spreading Polio Virus

VOA News: Anti-Polio Drive in Peshawar, Pakistan Falters “The war on polio is in danger of being lost in Pakistan, and in a dramatic development a new strain of polio has been identified in a part of the country where eradication efforts against the crippling disease are most at risk…

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan “Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were…

Opinion Pieces Address Public Health Crisis In Conflict-Ridden Syria

The following summarizes opinion pieces addressing the ongoing violence in Syria and how it is affecting the country’s health system. The Guardian: As if Syria didn’t have enough problems, now a polio epidemic looms Elizabeth Parker-Magyar, news producer at Syria Direct “The United Nations announcement on [December 22] that it…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Address Efforts To Eradicate Polio

The following summarizes opinion pieces and an editorial addressing efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. Los Angeles Times: Polio’s war foothold Nancy Aossey, president and chief executive of International Medical Corps; and William Garvelink, the group’s senior adviser for global strategy “The polio resurgence is preventable and it is time to…

Blogs Review Global Health In 2013

The following blogs review multiple global health issues addressed over 2013. The Gates Notes: Good News You Might Have Missed in 2013 “I thought I would share a different kind of list: some of the good news you might have missed. I’ve limited my list to global health and development,…

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…

India Donates To GAVI For First Time, Commits $4 Million To Programs

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that India will commit $4 million to its vaccination and immunization programs. The Hindu: India to donate $4 million to GAVI Alliance “India has committed itself to contributing $4 million over the next four years to GAVI Alliance to immunize children worldwide…

Rotavirus Vaccine Is Critical Component Of ‘Our Collective Anti-Diarrhea Toolkit’

Huffington Post: Reducing Diarrheal Disease With Rotavirus Vaccine Marion Roche, technical adviser with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) “…Rotavirus causes about one-third of diarrheal deaths in children; vaccinating children against it could save hundreds of thousands of lives and make life easier for so many parents. … The rotavirus vaccine definitely…

HIV Prevention, Treatment Should Include Research On Effective Vaccine, Fauci Says

The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine features a perspective piece and interview exploring different strategies to prevent and treat HIV worldwide. NEJM: Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the need for an HIV vaccine and the advances that will help fulfill that need NEJM Managing Editor…

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