Polio

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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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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UN: Nearly 2M Ukraine Children at Risk of Polio

The World Health Organization and United Nations Children's Fund are urging the government in Ukraine to give the immediate go-ahead for a life-saving nationwide polio immunization campaign. The U.N. agencies warn the government's failure to back the campaign is putting the lives of nearly 2 million children at risk.
 
Six weeks after a polio outbreak and despite repeated requests by aid agencies, Ukrainian authorities still have not given permission for a nationwide immunization campaign to begin.
 
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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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Huge campaign: Over 1m children to be given polio drops

KARACHI: 
A new phase of the anti-polio campaign in 80 union councils of Karachi is being launched from October 7, targeting 1,016,499 children under the age of five.
 
A total of 2,795 mobile teams will participate in the drive against the crippling disease. During the campaign, 153,548 children in district Central, 219,143 children in district Malir, 472,927 children in district West, 7,965 children in district South, 55,719 children in district East, while 107,197 children in district Korangi will be administered polio drops.
 
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Cameroon Finds Resistance to Polio Vaccination Campaign

Cameroon is ending a polio vaccination campaign against a backdrop of growing resistance, even though officials say 7 percent of Cameroon's children are still at risk of contracting the crippling disease. 
 
Forty-three-year-old Clarisse Tomta has refused to allow vaccination agents to inoculate two of her children – both under 5 years of age. She described the anti-polio campaign as unnecessary.
 
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Ukraine health officials fear big polio outbreak

Health officials in Ukraine are gripped by fears of a major polio outbreak, after it was announced this month that the disease had paralysed two children in the south-western region of Trans-Carpathia.
 
Concerns that the virus could cut a deadly swathe through the country has mobilised officials to launch a national immunisation campaign that would embrace all children up to 10 years old.
 
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Three-day anti-polio drive begins amid strict security

LAHORE (Staff report) – Three day countrywide anti-polio drive is underway amid strict security of the Polio vaccination teams, reported the national news channel.
 
PTV World has reported that polio drops will be administered to children across the country in a three-day campaign. Polio vaccination teams will be accompanied with security officials for their protection.
 
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Polio, Measles drive kicks off in tribal belt

PESHAWAR / DI KHAN, PAKISTAN: 
Around 1.7 million children will be administered measles and polio vaccines in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas during an ongoing immunisation drive.
 
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