U.N. Urges Sudan To Address Polio Outbreak; Researchers Discuss Eradication Strategies In Journal

“Alarmed by the imminent threat posed by the spread of polio through South Kordofan, the United Nations Security Council [on Friday] called on the Sudanese Government to carry out a vaccination campaign immediately to stop the spread of the disease,” which is threatening the province and the Horn of Africa, the U.N. News Centre reports. “They called on the Sudanese Government and the militant group of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to urgently resolve differences over the technical plans necessary … to implement the polio vaccination campaign,” which is scheduled to begin on November 5, the news service notes (10/11). VOA News discusses two articles published last week in PLOS Medicine that propose “a different strategy to eradicate polio in countries where the disease remains endemic, namely, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.” In particular, the researchers “say greater community involvement and stronger health systems are needed,” including support for female health workers, the news service notes (DeCapua, 10/11).