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Oral Polio Vaccine Cold Chain Disruption In Pakistan Could Compromise Immunization Effectiveness, Health Officials Warn

Health officials in Pakistan “have formally complained to the WHO concerning the quality of [oral polio vaccine (OPV)] doses distributed by the U.N. body,” SciDev.Net reports, noting 58 children became infected with polio in 2012 despite having received the vaccine. Abdul Wakeel, assistant director of the government’s immunization program in the Khyber…

Scientists Create New Strain Of Polio To Protect Vaccine Factory Workers

“Scientists have created new strains of polio intended to protect workers in factories that make polio vaccine,” the New York Times reports. “The new strains have the same ability to invoke an immune reaction as the live viruses now used to make vaccine do, but there is virtually no risk anyone will…

‘Vaccine Patch’ Could Make Immunizations Cheaper, Easier

“An innovative new way to deliver vaccines could drastically improve the health of the third world, and even the first world, by making vaccines cheaper and easier to distribute and use,” Business Insider reports, adding, “The ‘vaccine patch’ would be as easy to apply as a Band-Aid, and would be stable for…

Blogs Examine Root Causes, Implications Of Myths About Polio Vaccination

Citing a review by Telegraph correspondent Rob Crilly criticizing the film Zero Dark Thirty “for getting its facts wrong about the CIA vaccination campaign that sought to confirm the DNA of [Osama] bin Laden’s children,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in the Humanosphere blog, “Crilly’s larger point is to say that the film…

Learning From India’s Success In Eradicating Polio

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Shelley Thakral, senior communications officer for the foundation’s India Country Office, interviews Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the foundation, about his recent trip to India “to observe the experience of Bihar, a state in Northern…

Zimbabwe Faces Challenges In Preventing, Treating Cervical Cancer, PlusNews Reports

“HIV-positive women are living longer, but are now dying of cervical cancer,” and “[i]n Zimbabwe, cervical cancer is now the most common cancer among women, particularly those living with HIV,” PlusNews reports. “According to the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry, cervical cancer affects about 30 percent of women in the country,” the news…

Nine Polio Workers Killed In Northern Nigeria

“Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centers in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC,” the news agency reports. “In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle,” and “[t]hirty minutes later gunmen…

IDB To Provide $251M Loan For Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Program

“The Islamic Development Bank has approved a $251 million loan for Pakistan’s anti-polio program as attacks against health workers continue,” Devex’s “Development Newswire” reports. “The loan will finance a program worth $300 million, which will be managed by the Pakistani government until 2015, when the disease is expected to be…

Uganda’s Childhood Immunization Programs Face Challenges, IRIN Reports

“Inadequate funding, a shortage of health staff, and poor adherence to vaccination schedules are some of the reasons for declining immunization levels in Uganda, which experts say threatens efforts to reduce preventable deaths among children,” IRIN reports. “The main challenge has been establishing an immunization program that can function smoothly year after…

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