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*Many of the 540 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) reported from Congo do not have stool specimens but are clinically compatible with polio. When definitively classified, these cases will add to the yearly total.
President of Pakistan kicks off emergency plan to stop polio: President Asif Ali Zardari formally launched the emergency plan on 24 January. The only polio-endemic country with an increase in cases in 2010, Pakistan has struggled in the past six months to slow the transmission of poliovirus. The number of children paralyzed by the virus jumped by 60% (from 88 in 2009 to 144 in 2010, as of 1 February 2011). More
Renewed leadership commitment in Angola: President Jose Eduardo dos Santos reaffirmed the Government´s and his personal commitment to eliminating polio in a meeting with the UNICEF Executive Director and senior leadership from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and WHO African Regional Office. The President agreed to spearhead the country's 2011 vaccination campaigns; this pledge was echoed by Vice Ministers, Vice Governors and civil society organizations, who agreed they would work across the country to improve vaccination coverage. More
Bill Gates call for a final push to end polio, joins UK Prime Minister David Cameron to announce contributions: New funding from the United Kingdom and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will help reduce the US$720 million funding gap of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, but Mr Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reminded readers of his annual letter that eradicating polio requires "funding from a range of donors, to support an aggressive program that will get the job done." Mr Cameron also called on other donors to back polio eradication: noting the question of international development assistance in the current financial climate, Mr Cameron said, "There is never a wrong time to do the right thing." More
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