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Polio eradicated in all but two countries

Just two countries remain affected by the polio epidemic, the WHO says. But even where the disease is known to have been eradicated, further suffering occurs due to something known as post-polio syndrome.

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On World Polio Day, UNICEF cites ‘dramatic’ progress against virus, urges efforts towards zero cases

Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus, but a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official has vowed “we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero.”
 
“Progress to end polio is real and dramatic, with now just two countries in the world where the wild poliovirus has never been interrupted: Afghanistan and Pakistan,” said by the head of the Polio Unit at UNICEF, Peter Crowley, in a press release.
 
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Polio on the brink of eradication

When the international community set out in 1988 to wipe polio off the face of the earth, it was an audacious move. Only once before — with the eradication of smallpox in 1974 — had humankind managed to pull off such a feat.
 
And yet, country by country, region by region, there has been tremendous progress in the fight against polio. Cases are down by 99.9 percent. Only two countries still have circulating wild polio virus — Afghanistan and Pakistan — and we’re seeing fewer and fewer cases there too.
 
How did we get this far?
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Ebola Crisis Spurs New WHO Reform Program

The World Health Organization chief said preparedness, awareness, and transparency are at the heart of the WHO reform process.
 
World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan said many lessons have been learned from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and these will be incorporated in the reform process that is underway.
 
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How the “polio surge” in Nigeria helped stop Ebola

CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on how the polio eradication effort was an important tool in fighting the outbreak
 
One of the scariest moments of last year’s Ebola outbreak for Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was when Ebola arrived, by way of a business traveler, in Lagos. That the devastating and highly infectious disease had surfaced in the Nigerian megacity—an international hub and home to some 20 million people—posed any number of troubling scenarios.
 
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A no-brainer: How to transition from polio eradication to measles eradication

Why stop with eradicating polio when the eradication of measles is within our grasp? During more than 25 years of operations, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative has mobilized and trained millions of volunteers, social mobilizers, and health workers; accessed households untouched by other health initiatives; mapped and brought health interventions to chronically neglected communities; and established a standardized, real-time global surveillance and response capacity.
 
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Call for nominations for experts to serve on a SAGE Working Group on Oral Cholera Vaccines

Cholera has produced 7 pandemics and remains a significant and neglected public health threat, which disproportionately affects the poor and imposes significant economic costs. Cholera outbreaks continue to spread across many countries with dramatic consequences, overwhelming stretched health systems and diverting resources from other programs. Endemic situations are not controlled in a number of rural and urban settings in Africa, Asia and Haiti.
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UPDATE 1-As world seeks to eradicate polio, Laos suffers vaccine-linked case

Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to a global plan to eradicate the crippling disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali.
 
The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the virus strain has been circulating in the area of Bolikhamxay province, which has low immunisation rates, for more than two years.
 
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Polio Resurfaces in Laos

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Laos has suffered a case of vaccine-derived polio, the World Health Organization said on Monday, in a new setback to a global plan to eradicate the crippling disease after the virus resurfaced in Ukraine and Mali.
 
The WHO said an 8-year-old boy died of the disease on Sept. 11, and genetic sequencing suggested the virus strain has been circulating in the area of Bolikhamxay province, which has low immunization rates, for more than two years.
 
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Gambia Launches Campaign to Eliminate Malaria At Homes

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has launched the 2015 Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaign.
 
The health minister, Omar Sey, recently launched the operation at a ceremony held at Chamoi village in Upper River Region.
 
Dr Sey said the launching marks the Gambia's renewed efforts towards the prevention and control of malaria so that it ceases to be a major hindrance to the achievements of health-related goals.
 
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