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Health Workers Say Water Shortages Contribute To Rotavirus Infections In Cameroon

VOA News: Cameroon Medics Battle Rotavirus “In the past 12 months, thousands of children in Cameroon have died of severe diarrhea caused by rotavirus, with thousands more said to be hospitalized. Although the United Nations has come in to help with a vaccine, local medics say the situation is difficult,…

Deutsche Welle Discusses Balance Between For-Profit Drug Companies And Public Health Needs

Zulfikar Abbany of Deutsche Welle interviews Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute on the issues and challenges involved in balancing the needs of for-profit pharmaceutical companies with public health goals. Deutsche Welle: Is profit more important than public health? In this audio episode of Spectrum, Zulfikar Abbany of Deutsche Welle…

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).

April 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The April 2014 issue of the WHO Bulletin features a public health news round-up, an article on improving breastfeeding rates in Indonesia, and an article on the challenges of eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases, among other articles (April 2014).

Afghan Capital Kabul Sees First Polio Case Since 2001

News outlets report on the first polio case detected in the Afghan capital of Kabul since 2001. Associated Press: Afghan capital sees 1st polio case since 2001 “Afghan officials have launched a polio vaccination campaign after a young girl from Kabul was diagnosed with the disease — the capital’s first…

Afghan Polio Case Tied To Pakistan; Vaccination Efforts Prove Challenging

News outlets report on a new polio case in Afghanistan and vaccination efforts in Pakistan. New York Times: Rare Afghan Polio Case Tied to Pakistan “A three-year-old girl in Kabul has contracted polio, the first confirmed case in the capital in 12 years, health officials said Tuesday. Afghanistan is one…

‘No Child Should Die’ Of Rotavirus

“Several organizations working on rotavirus have excellent websites including PATH, GAVI and WHO and masterfully use social media to get the word out. But we need more widespread attention to rotavirus,” Helen Matzger, a senior program officer on the Vaccine Delivery Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes…

Maintaining Health Gains In Afghanistan Must Be Aim Of Drawdown Agreements

Foreign Policy: The Taliban Are Winning The War On Polio Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, and Maxine Builder, research associate, at the Council on Foreign Relations “This week’s tragic reappearance of polio in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after 13 years, poses serious questions about the future of health…

Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan “Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

New Report Examines Post-Market Safety Surveillance For Drugs, Vaccines

“To fight many of the diseases that plague the world’s poorest, we need tools — safe and effective drugs and vaccines that can reduce unnecessary suffering and afford millions the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives. An essential part of having the right tools, and making sure that the…