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Bill Gates Says Successful Elimination Of Polio Rests With Nigeria, Pakistan

Agence France-Presse: Nigeria, Pakistan could delay polio-free goal: Gates Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair “Bill Gates warned on Tuesday that violence in Nigeria and Pakistan could set him back in his goal of eradicating polio by 2018. Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation … made wiping out…

Humanosphere Offers Annual Letter To Bill And Melinda Gates

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Paulson offers an annual letter in response to Bill and Melinda Gates’s recently published annual letter. “…By all means, let’s celebrate progress. But let’s not forget all those millions, if not billions, of people out there who don’t yet see cause to celebrate” (1/21).

U.S. Commits $175M To GAVI Alliance

In a press release, the GAVI Alliance announced the U.S. “has committed an additional $175 million toward funding global vaccine programs through the GAVI Alliance, the largest amount that the U.S. has ever appropriated to GAVI. The funds, part of the fiscal year 2014 U.S. budget, will be used to…

Pediatrician Examines Polio Outbreak In Syria

New York Review of Books: Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth Annie Sparrow, a critical-care pediatrician and public health professional, is assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the human rights program at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York “One way to measure the horrific…

Taliban Attitudes May Indicate Fewer Attacks On Polio Workers, Blog Says

“Consecutive days of attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan renewed concerns about its eradication. At least ten people were killed during attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, this week. Despite that, changing public attitudes by Taliban leaders may indicate a coming decrease in attacks…,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in…

Warring Factions Must Compromise To Help Prevent Polio’s Spread

Washington Post: Polio is on the rise in war zones worldwide “In Syria, engulfed in civil war, slow and gradual progress is being made in efforts to vaccinate against polio after an outbreak last year, but there are still tens of thousands of children trapped in conflict zones who are…

Philippines To Use New Freezer For Vaccination Programs

Wall Street Journal’s “Southeast Asia Real Time”: Philippines Works to Freeze Spread of Childhood Diseases “…On Wednesday the Philippine government’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, or RITM, will get [a] new walk-in freezer, which will be used to store vaccines for various viruses, measles included. The institute, located south of…

Guinea Works To Contain Measles Outbreak

IRIN: Guinea rushes to curb measles outbreak “Health authorities in Guinea are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has killed one child, infected 37 others, and spread to half of the country’s 33 districts…” (1/27).

GAVI Matching Fund Raises $152 Million With Private Sector Support

A GAVI Alliance press release reports that the GAVI Matching Fund “has secured more than $150 million in just 30 months, it was announced [Friday] at a CEO Breakfast organized by the GAVI Alliance during the World Economic Forum. … Since the GAVI Matching Fund was established in June 2011,…

Financial Times Publishes Commentaries From Easterly, Sachs On Development Aid

The Financial Times recently published an opinion piece by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and a response from Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). “…The obsession with international aid is a rich-world vanity that exaggerates the…