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Olympians shine the spotlight on Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.
A local community worker who was part of the polio eradication initiative in Pakistan was killed in Karachi on Friday evening.
A year has passed since Angola saw its most recent case of polio; yet children in the capital, Luanda, continue to be missed
On the morning on 17 July 2012, a serious security incident took place in Gadap Town, Karachi, Pakistan, involving World Health Organization (WHO) staff
Along with other high-risk states, Kano embarked on a massive door-to-door polio immunization campaign between 7-10 July
New Polio Champion joins renewed drive to eradicate the crippling disease from Pakistan 9 July 2012 – World famous Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi took a break from defeating bowlers last weekend to become the new champion for polio eradication in P...
300% increase in staff to support eradication effort in worst-performing areas
Decline partially offset by use of new vaccines; new emergency plans in 2012 to reverse trend
But spectre of deadly outbreaks not distant  Copenhagen, 21 June 2012 – Today, the WHO European Region marks 10 years since it was certified free of poliomyelitis (polio). Stopping transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus in the 53 countries i...
15 June, 2012 – This week marked one year since the world pledged US $4.3 billion to save 4 million lives by 2015 through vaccination. Assessing the progress achieved since this goal was set at its pledging conference last year, GAVI Alliance has release...
Examining one of the reasons children are missed during vaccination. Deeply entrenched religious and traditional beliefs as well as a strong distrust of government health services undermine polio eradication efforts, particularly in Katanga "We don...
International health experts conclude: "It is highly unlikely" that undetected wild poliovirus circulating is continuing in Xingang. The Government of China conducted a model response to last year’s polio outbreak in the country’s western Xinjia...
Aisha and her grandfather SOKOTO (Nigeria)– “We never felt the need to get our children immunized, but now, I will do my best to mobilize our community,” says Muhammad Bello, the grandfather of a 2-year-old Aisha who fell victim to the wild poliovirus j...
Reaffirms Japan’s commitment to polio eradication TOKYO, Japan (June 4, 2012) – Rotary International President-elect Sakuji Tanaka heard reassuring words from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda regarding Japan’s continued support of polio eradication,...
Senior Somali government officials launch polio campaign Mogadishu, Somalia , 27 May 2013 –  Mothers and children lined up patiently here today for polio vaccination, under a high sun and intense heat. Their vaccinator was the Prime Minister himself,...
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