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Measles Case Numbers Rise In Pakistan Despite Government Vaccination Program

IRIN: Is Pakistan losing the battle against measles? “Pakistan has seen a growing number of measles cases in recent years, with more than 25,000 reported last year, including 321 deaths. … The steady rise comes despite a government measles vaccination program that has been running for more than 35 years…”…

ACTION Releases Update To Its Donor Immunization Record

ACTION: Updated Donor Immunization Record Shows Impressive Accountability on Vaccines ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations, recently “released an update to its Donor Immunization Record, revealing an impressive global accountability picture on child vaccines: 14 out of 17 major donors have delivered on their commitments to the GAVI Alliance…”…

Pakistan Faces Challenges To Vaccinating Against Polio

News outlets report on polio in Pakistan, one of three countries identified last week by the WHO as a main reservoir of the virus. BBC News: Pakistan’s deadly descent into polio contagion “Pakistan was close to eradicating polio 10 years ago. But conspiracy theories, a Taliban ascendancy and drive-by shootings…

World Health Assembly To Vote On Fate Of World’s Remaining Smallpox Stocks

NPR: Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO “…The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, is set to May 19 to vote on a to destroy the stocks of smallpox virus held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta,…

Militants Complicating Pakistan’s Polio Vaccination Efforts

The Economist: Polio in Pakistan: Pariah state Pakistan’s “national polio coordinator, Ayesha Raza Farooq, is attempting to make progress [against polio despite militant attacks]. She says the government is now working on ‘firewalling’ the tribal areas, with checkpoints where children crossing into the rest of Pakistan can be vaccinated. Still,…

GAVI Alliance Provides Successful Example Of Public-Private Partnership

Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: GAVI: An Encouraging Partnership for Taking Action on Global Goals Chelsea Phipps, a program assistant with the NRDC Action Fund and Global Strategy & Advocacy Program, discusses the GAVI Alliance as “an example of how governments, business, and civil society can work together to produce…

Skepticism, Lack Of Clean Water Challenge Rotavirus Vaccine Efforts In Cameroon

Inter Press Service: Vaccinating Against Their Will “The growing number of child deaths from diarrhea in Cameroon has necessitated the introduction of a new vaccine (RotaTeq) designed to protect babies under five against common types of rotaviruses that cause diarrhea. But growing skepticism over new vaccines, and lack of potable…

Pakistan Works To Contain Polio, Issues Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the spread of polio in Pakistan and the country’s efforts to contain the disease. Al Jazeera: Vaccination workers under fire “Anti-Western sentiment threatens to reverse progress made in polio vaccination roll-outs in Karachi…” (Crilly, 5/7). New York Times: Pakistan: Province Bars Entry to Those Not Vaccinated…

‘Vigorous Vaccination Efforts’ Needed To Stop Polio’s Spread

New York Times: The Global Polio Threat, Back Again “…Only two infectious diseases have ever been eradicated — smallpox and rinderpest, a viral cattle disease — but there were expectations that polio would soon join them. That hope dimmed this year when three countries where the polio virus was thought…

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