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Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

Canada Supporting Polio Eradication, Child Health Efforts Wordwide

Ottawa Citizen: Op-Ed: On the brink of polio eradication Peter Crowley, head of polio for UNICEF “…Nearly three decades ago, governments and global health leaders including UNICEF, the World Health Organization and Rotary International created the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a public-private partnership to achieve a polio-free world. The government…

Polio Immunization Efforts Continue In Iraq, Cameroon

News outlets discuss efforts to vaccinate populations against polio in Iraq and Cameroon. Associated Press: Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict “Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting…

Opinion Pieces, Editorials Address Polio As Global Health Emergency

The following opinion pieces and editorials address the WHO’s declaration of polio as a global health emergency and efforts to eradicate the disease. The Guardian: Polio: a case for real alarm Sarah Boseley, Guardian health editor “…The only real way to finish polio will eventually be to rid the endemic…

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…

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,…

WHO’s Declaration Of Polio Emergency Should Be Call To Action

Two opinion pieces address the WHO’s recent declaration of polio as a global public health emergency. Huffington Post: Polio Emergency Signals Risk But Also Resolve John Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation “…Taking into account both the progress we’ve made and the very serious…

Polio Resurgence Poses Larger Threat Than Emerging MERS Virus

Los Angeles Times: Worried about MERS? Worry about polio instead. Wendy Orent, author “…[I]f Americans who oppose vaccination — believing, apparently, that the risk of [polio] is preferable to exposing their children to a dead virus and a needle prick — gain strength, this specialist in human misery could come…

Pakistan Must Reexamine Polio Eradication Program To Improve Effectiveness

Al Jazeera: Pakistan’s polio puzzle Samia Altaf, public health physician and the 2007-08 Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center “…If increasing amounts of funding, steadily developing science and modified organizational plans have consistently failed, the only logical step is an analysis of the context. … The best place to…

India Strives To Maintain Polio-Free Status Amid Disease Outbreaks

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: India Resolutely Guards Its Polio-Free Status Nellie Bristol, a senior fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses India’s efforts to be designated polio-free and the nation’s insistence on maintaining that status (5/22).

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