Friday, December 16, 2011
Jabs without needles?
A needle-free injection device is trialled in Cambodia
Saudi Arabia funds put in play
Polio vaccination campaigns in Niger
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Amitabh Bachchan launches new Polio Communication Campaign
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication appealed parents and caregivers to take advantage of this rare opportunity to “make polio history in India”.
United by a purpose across borders
South Sudan and Sudan conduct polio vaccination campaigns
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Cricket stars and theatre troupes promote a polio-free India
The Indian Government and the GPEI are working to ensure the country's ongoing commitment to polio eradication
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Polio campaign prior to presidential campaigns
The Democratic Republic of the Congo holds vaccination campaigns in early November, avoiding any disruptions due to the country's presidential elections
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Pakistan announces sweeping changes to polio eradication effort
Prime Minister puts in place urgent measures to address drastic rise in new cases; appoints new Polio Focal Point to oversee effort
Friday, November 25, 2011
Yemen protects its children from polio
Mass polio vaccination campaign to prevent outbreaks
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
'Game changers' needed to reach global immunization targets
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Wishing I could play
Children's art competition in Quetta
Monday, October 31, 2011
Over $100 million in pledges for polio eradication at Commonwealth meeting
Australia leads the charge joined by Canada, Nigeria and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Saturday, October 29, 2011
China's all-out fight against polio
Immunizing over 9 million
Rotarian polio survivor takes advocacy work to Afghanistan and Australia
Ramesh Ferris, Canadian Rotarian and polio survivor, travels to Australian and Afghanistan to advocate for polio-free world.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso appeals for a polio-free India
As country maintains pressure on the poliovirus through the high season
Monday, October 24, 2011
World Polio Day
The Last Percent
Mathematical modelling for polio
Helping identify countries at risk of outbreaks
Sunday, October 23, 2011
On World Polio Day, UNICEF launches new website focusing on global immunization strategies
Social data is 'invaluable
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Saudi Arabia delivers first half of its US$30 million commitment
Joining the effort to bring about a polio-free world
Monday, October 17, 2011
World Polio Day energizes polio eradicators
Volunteers around the world prepare for World Polio Day
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Response to polio in midst of Horn of Africa drought
Polio eradication efforts coordinated with broader health agenda
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Immunization leadership challenge for Nigeria's governors
States eligible for US$ 500,000 grant to address pressing health issues
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Islamic countries emphasize the urgency of stopping polio
The Astana Declaration calls for funding and political commitment
Friday, September 30, 2011
Polio eradication in Afghanistan: intensifying efforts to reach children in Southern Region
Religious leaders engage for polio-free DR Congo
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Saudi Arabia delivers US$10 million toward polio eradication efforts
For seven countries in west Africa and Horn of Africa
Thursday, September 22, 2011
China responds to outbreak of polio
Children and adults all vaccinated
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Sanofi Pasteur donates vaccine strain used for polio eradication to WHO
Sanofi Pasteur has donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) a vaccine seed-strain used for the production of oral polio vaccine (OPV). The type 3 polio seed-strain is the original viral seed used to produce large quantities of OPV against type 3 poliovirus.
Polio spreads from Pakistan
Intense outbreak in Pakistan, related cases in China
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Twenty years without polio in the Americas
It has now been 20 years since the last case of indigenous wild poliovirus was reported in the Americas
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
The polio eradication family mourns its own
No intention of curtailing operations in Nigeria
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Pioneering immunologist Sir Gustav Nossal supports polio eradication campaign
Sir Gustav Nossal – winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and former Chairman of the WHO’s vaccines and biologicals program oversight committee – has added his support to the Global Poverty Project’s The End of Polio campaign.
Brick kiln chimneys spread polio messages in Bihar
Brick kiln workers tell of how polio eradication messages painted on chimneys in their workplace remind them to vaccinate their children
Monday, September 05, 2011
Challenges for the final 1%
Until there’s no polio in the world
Thursday, September 01, 2011
African Region makes good progress in polio eradication
Report to WHO Regional Committee meeting
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wild poliovirus confirmed in China
The Ministry of Health confirms wild poliovirus type 1 cases in China.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
CDC Director Tom Frieden Observes Polio Eradication Activities in India
Global polio eradication is a top priority for Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Nigerian community leaders help track mobile populations
Myetti Allah, a social - cultural organization representing the Fulani ethnic group, is working with the GPEI to help reach migrant and mobile populations in Katsina State.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Following the yellow boat road
Circumnavigating Australia to raise money for polio eradication.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Polio kicked out of Europe
Polio kicked out of Europe: European Region to retain polio-free status, but constant vigilance is needed
Monday, August 22, 2011
Finishing my father's work
Oral polio vaccine creator's daughter, Debbe Sabin, shares her experiences of the polio eradication journey
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Rotarians don't shy away from a challenge…
…So when the Gates Foundation challenged Rotary International to raise US$200 million, they set to work with gusto.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announce Partnership on Polio Eradication
4.9 billion Japanese Yen (JPY) loan from JICA to support polio eradication in Pakistan through 2013
Monday, August 08, 2011
Emergency vaccination campaign on the Somali-Kenyan border
Vaccination campaigns rapidly boost immunity of refugees vulnerable to outbreaks of communicable diseases.
Friday, August 05, 2011
"I asked my mother why I was disabled, and she told me I was not immunized"
The story of Aminu Ahmad, polio survivor and eradication advocate
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Immunization helps prevent spread of disease during Horn of Africa crisis
UNICEF releases a series of videos documenting vaccination campaigns in Kenya.
Friday, July 29, 2011
'More than a goal'
FC Barcelona joins the fight to eradicate polio
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Before polio vaccine: snapshots of life in the shadow of polio
Before the introduction of polio vaccine, little could be done to prevent children becoming infected by polio. The following pictures and footage give a snapshot of life in the shadow of polio, in Canada in the middle of the twentieth century.
Why eradicate polio?
The End of Polio campaign starts spreading the word on the international effort to eradicate polio.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Romania Joins Fight against Polio
Funds Vaccinations for 40,000 Children
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Securing the gains: cross-regional collaboration in protecting polio-free areas
WHO and the CDC, China co-hosted an International workshop on polio eradication during 21-22 July in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Turning the tide in Pakistan
Rotarians are in the forefront of the drive to implement Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2011.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Deadly serious' funding gap and need to implement strategies consistently
Independent Monitoring Board report
Friday, July 15, 2011
Countdown begins in Angola
A special bulletin from the World Health Organization office in Angola on polio eradication activities in a country where the virus has re-established transmission.
"The worst drought in 60 years"
Thousands of people across the Horn of Africa are facing severe food and water shortages in what is being called "the worst drought in 60 years". At the same time, high food prices are amplifying the drought's impact.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Aggressive plans for eradication in India
With no polio cases in six months, it would be easy for India to become complacent. However, the Government of India is determined more than ever to mount a final push to ensure that polio is eradicated from India.
Thursday, July 07, 2011
Polio type 3 in Pakistan: only type 3 detected in Asia in 2011
Significant implications, as Asia is on verge of eliminating circulation of this strain.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
OIC renews dedication to polio eradication
Discussion on Polio eradication at the 38th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
India: new West Bengal Chief Minister calls to end polio now
Chief Minister Banerjee launches week-long immmunization drive in West Bengal.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tachi Yamada, long-serving polio advocate at Gates Foundation, steps down as President of Global Health Program
Dr Tachi Yamada has stepped down from his position as President of the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
IMB to convene in London to assess progress towards polio-free world
The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will convene its third quarterly meeting in London, UK, on 30 June-1 July 2011.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Polio 'Endgame'
Strategic vision for lasting polio-free world published in New England Journal of Medicine.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Risk of polio from Chad is high
Hajj-related travel may accelerate spread.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Nigeria triples number of children fully vaccinated
Advances made while running aggressive polio eradication activities.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Heads of G8 countries reaffirm commitment to polio-free world
Declaration at Deauville Summit underscores need for 'special focus' and 'renewed momentum'
Friday, May 27, 2011
WHO facilitates new polio vaccine technology transfer
As part of efforts to prepare for the polio post-eradication era, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have facilitated the development and transfer of new polio vaccine technology to vaccine production facilities in India and the Republic of Korea.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
U.S., Russia reaffirm commitment to eradicate polio at G8 Summit
Deauville, France- At the G8 Summit in Deauville, Presidents Obama and Medvedev recognized the collaborative efforts already underway between the United States and Russia to eradicate polio globally, and pledged to continue that cooperative until the eradication objective is finally achieved.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Eradicating polio will take renewed resolve, says Gates
In front of an audience of over 10,000 Rotarians, Bill Gates offers praise and caution.
Global health leaders express concern over polio funding gap
The global health community signalled strong commitment to polio eradication this week, underlining the financial needs to finish the job.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Polio goes to TED
The 'TED Talks' are well known for presenting "ideas worth spreading" – one of which is the incredible worldwide effort to eradicate polio.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Engaging with the polio-affected communities of eastern Chad
Global eradication of polio cannot be achieved without the support of the people living in polio-affected communities. A community forum, as recently held in three districts of eastern Chad, allows communities to ask questions, express concerns , make suggestions and take ownership of polio eradication.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
WHO Director-General and Bill Gates convene urgent meeting on polio eradication
One year after launch of new plan, infected countries and donors review effectiveness of strategies and agree on essential steps to finish the job quickly
Friday, May 13, 2011
Getting the “Last Hair” in Nigeria
The Hausa people have a saying: When you shave a man’s head, it is getting the last hair that is the most difficult. So it is with eradicating polio.
Friday, May 06, 2011
Gates Foundation issues a 'Grand Challenge'
Looking for studies that seek to provide solutions to some of the roadblocks encountered in polio eradication.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
IMB delivers frank assessment of progress towards polio-free world
Report highlights need for 'heightened attention' at all levels; calls funding gap 'single greatest threat'.
Monday, April 25, 2011
WHO updates polio immunization recommendations for travellers
To minimise the risks of acquiring polio (for travellers to infected areas) and of reinfection of polio-free areas (by travellers from infected areas), the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its polio immunization recommendations for travellers in its publication, International travel and health 2011.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It's Immunization Week
More than 180 countries across Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific rim demonstrate their commitment to immunisation.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Rukhsar: one child triggers India's emergency response
Kolkata, 30 March 2011 — Rukhsar Khatoon takes one look at her visitors and tucks her face into her mother's shoulder, crying in fear.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Funding appeal for Côte d'Ivoire polio outbreak
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has issued an appeal for US$ 10.5 million to respond to an outbreak of polio in Côte d'Ivoire, where three children have been paralysed by wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) since January. This is the first WPV3 found in Côte d'Ivoire since 1999 (the country was affected in 2008-2009 by the west Africa wild poliovirus type 1 – WPV1 – outbreak). Given that WPV3 paralyses approximately one in 2,000 people infected, these cases represent a much larger number of infections.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Kinshasa battles re-emergence of polio
Everyone in the capital city is vaccinated in response to a large polio outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This year, 10 of the 26 cases of wild polio virus in the country have been registered in Kinshasa.
Independent Monitoring Board holds first meeting of 2011
To assess progress towards polio-free world and measure developments against milestones set out in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative Strategic Plan 2010-2012, IMB members are presented with data and risk assessment.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Massive international effort to stop polio epidemic across west Africa
With west Africa on the verge of success, experts caution that complacency could breathe new life into outbreak
Angola steps up immunization drive in its efforts to eradicate polio
Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos launched the first of three rounds of a national polio immunization campaign planned for 2011.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
National Immunization Days keep Somalia polio-free
Four years since last recording polio, vaccination campaign sets out to reach over 1.8 million children across the country.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
World Bank to Help Nigeria Consolidate 95% Decline in Polio
New $60 million credit will support major immunization effort during a critical year.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
End Polio Now: Rotary lights up the world
Most people celebrate a birthday with cake - but not Rotary International. Living up to their motto, 'Service Above Self', Rotarians instead used the organization's 106th anniversary to spread the message about polio eradication.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
First polio immunizations of the year in southern Sudan
Juba, southern Sudan, 22 February – The first round of the 2011 Polio National Immunization Days in Southern Sudan begins this week and is expected to reach an estimated 3.1 million children. Thousands of vaccination teams will spread across Southern Sudan - a region the size of Eastern Europe - and administer two drops of the polio vaccine to all children under the age of five.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Polio eradication mourns loss of true polio champion
Bill Sergeant, former Chairman of Rotary's International's Polio Plus Committee and true polio hero, passed away on 13 February at his home in Tennessee, USA.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Fighting resurgent polio in the Congo
February 2011: In late 2010, a deadly polio outbreak struck the Republic of the Congo. It is the deadliest reminder in recent memory that unless eradicated, polio will spread internationally, with tragic human consequences. Mass immunizations are taking place to stop the outbreak. View the photo essay
Friday, January 28, 2011
UK Government doubles polio funding in matching grant
Citing dramatic gains achieved with polio vaccines, Prime Minister David Cameron joins Bill and Melinda Gates to call on world leaders to finish the job
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
President of Pakistan kicks off emergency plan to stop polio
The only polio-endemic country where case numbers rose in the past year, Pakistan has developed a national emergency action plan that outlines area-specific strategies and accountability mechanisms.
Angolan government renews commitment to polio eradication
Global polio partners pledge support and urge continued action. Tachi Yamada of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blogs his trip.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince contributes to vaccines for Pakistan and Afghanistan
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to purchase and deliver polio vaccines for Afghan and Pakistani children and protect them from paralysis.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Concern over slow progress in OIC countries
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) noted this weekend that the majority of polio cases in 2010 were in OIC member states and expressed concern over the slow progress in eradication efforts in some of these countries.
Friday, January 21, 2011
UNICEF and Gates Foundation join forces to support Angola in eradicating polio
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF today announced that Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, and Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Global Health Program of The Gates Foundation, will arrive this weekend in Angola, where the government is poised to mount a renewed effort to halt an ongoing polio outbreak centered in Luanda.
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