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Pakistan’s Lady Health Workers At Frontlines Of Anti-Polio Campaign

Foreign Policy: The Polio Capital of the World Arsla Jawaid, former managing editor at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad “As the world prepares to mark World Polio Day on Oct. 24, Pakistan remains at the center of the global effort to eradicate the virus. Despite facing a host…

Policies Must Ensure Access To Essential Medicines

The Lancet: Essential medicines are still essential Andy L. Gray, Veronika J. Wirtz, Ellen F. M ‘t Hoen, Michael R. Reich, and Hans V. Hogerzeilemail, all members of the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines Policies “On October 21, WHO published the full report of the 20th Expert Committee on the…

Funding, Promoting Innovation For New Antibiotics, Diagnostics Can Prevent Drug Wastage, Antimicrobial Resistance

Project Syndicate: Wasted Drugs and the Creation of Superbugs Jim O’Neill, commercial secretary to the U.K. Treasury, honorary professor of economics at Manchester University, visiting research fellow at Bruegel, and chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance “…To achieve the objectives identified by the G7 [around antimicrobial resistance], an especially…

Continued International Commitment Needed To Eradicate Polio

CNN: Ending polio: ‘We’re on the verge of making history’ Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…For the first time in recorded history, the entire African continent has gone a full year without a child paralyzed by wild poliovirus. To officially certify Africa polio free, we…

Understanding Political Context Around Islamist Opposition To Polio Vaccination Programs Essential To Public Health Policy, Eradicating Disease

Project Syndicate: Militant Islamism and Vaccine Skepticism Jonathan Kennedy and Domna Michailidou, both teaching fellows at the University College London’s School of Public Policy “…What is standing in the way of the [polio] virus’s eradication is not medical or technical constraints, but political resistance to the vaccination effort. … If the…

Breastfeeding Critical To Children’s Health, Development

New York Times: The Miracle Breast Milk Elixir Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “What if there were a remedy that could save more children’s lives in the developing world than are claimed by malaria and AIDS combined? A miracle substance that reduces ear infections while seeming to raise scores…

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