Safer Polio Vaccines on Way for Use After Eradication

The goal of eradicating polio worldwide is within sight.  But public health officials must make sure that vaccines administered after that point cannot cause a recurrence of the disease. Researchers in Britain have come up with a safe strain that would prevent polio reinfection.
Polio vaccines are stockpiled for use into the foreseeable future to prevent another epidemic of paralytic polio, once the disease is officially eradicated.

Nigeria’s seven lessons from polio and Ebola response

Amid the devastating effects of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak to human lives, communities, institutions, systems and the economy, there are lessons to be learned for the region to be better prepared to handle future outbreaks.

‘Rotary International helped reduce polio cases in 2014’

In a world where various pressing humanitarian challenges continue to prevail, Rotary International—one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations—by way of one of its major corporate projects, has already managed to make a remarkable difference in the lives of the global community stricken by polio, said K R Ravindran, president of Rotary International. He was in Goa recently to recognize the work of the Rotary Club of Goa and Rotary international district 3170.

Polio free Pakistan : ‘We must continue to wage war against polio’

SUKKUR: Two drops of anti-polio vaccine must be given every time to every child, as this is the only way to realise the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for a polio-free Pakistan, said Pakistan’s polio ambassador Aseefa Bhutto Zardari.

Santé/la ministre de la santé RGC relève tous les défis. La Côte d’Ivoire libérée de la polio

L’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS) vient de déclarer la Cote d’Ivoire libérée de la polio. Et cela, par un courrier du Dr ALLARANGA Yokouidéreprésentant résident de l’OMS en Côte d’Ivoire en date du 30 Novembre 2015 informant et félicitant la Ministre de la Santé et de la Lutte contre le Sida, madame Raymonde GOUDOU COFFIE.

Polio victory very close, Bill Gates says at UAE awards ceremony

The campaign to rid the world of polio is close to total success, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Sunday night.
“It is close, very close. Now is the time to double down our efforts to eradicate this disease,” Mr Gates said at the event held to honour five heroes of the fight against the disease, who risk their lives for the cause.
“The donors have to step up for a couple of years more and the countries on the frontline will have to remain vigilant.”

Sanofi, Shantha to supply polio vaccines for India's universal immunization scheme

India will join more than 110 countries that have introduced the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to their calendars. Sanofi ($SNY) and its Indian affiliate, Shantha Biotechnics, will supply polio vaccines to the Indian government via UNICEF. The vaccines will be used in India's universal immunization program.

Nigeria: Health Workers - the Unseen Hands Behind Polio Eradication

Onochie Isa, the son of Ahmadu Kanduwa was the last case of polio in Nigeria and it has been over one year since Isa was diagnosed with It. Nigeria recently marked one year without any record of polio in the country. Just a little above a year ago, we recorded about six cases which dented our relentless efforts to see that no child gets infected again by this crippling disease.

East Africa: Injectable Anti-Polio Drug to Be Rolled Out Next Month

Kenyan children will from next month benefit from an extra dose of injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).
The Ministry of Health has received about 800,000 doses of the vaccine for the exercise, through Gavi, the global vaccine alliance.
"By introducing this vaccine into routine immunisation programmes and using it together with the oral vaccine, children will be better protected from polio and at the same time we will be able to eradicate the remaining strains of wild polio virus," reads a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The last lap on the road to polio eradication in India

Before the year ends, India will introduce a new injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), in its immunisation schedule. This will be one of the few remaining steps on the road to ensuring that no Indian child is crippled or killed by polio ever again.