News Stories

   05/09/2011
From the Development Policy Centre blog: In his earlier post on the eradication of polio, Jonathan Pryke discusses the long struggle that has led to the reducing the global burden of polio by 99% over the last 23 years. Today, Chris Maher discusses what li...
   01/09/2011
Yamoussoukro, (Cote d'Ivoire) -- Countries in the WHO African Region continued to make good progress in polio eradication in spite of outbreaks recorded in some Member States over the last two years. In a progress report on polio eradication to the WHO...
   29/08/2011
The Ministry of Health, China, has informed WHO that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been isolated from four young children, aged between four months and two years, with onset of paralysis between 3 and 27 July 2011. All four cases are from Hotan Pre...
   28/08/2011
Global polio eradication is a top priority for Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In August 2011, he and a delegation of US Congressional Staff Members travelled to India to gain a first-hand perspect...
   25/08/2011
25 August 2011 - How do you reach nomadic populations? Who better to ask than the leaders of the communities themselves?
   24/08/2011
Circumnavigating Australia to raise money for polio eradication As this story goes to print, three men in two rubber dinghies have just arrived at King Island in the south of Australia. These three men are no ordinary local fisherman, however - the tr...
   23/08/2011
Polio kicked out of Europe: European Region to retain polio-free status, but constant vigilance is needed 25 August 2011 -- The WHO European Region retains its polio-free status. In 2010, four countries - Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Tu...
   22/08/2011
Oral polio vaccine creator's daughter, Debbe Sabin, shares her experiences of the polio eradication journey Summertime in the 1950s came as a mixed blessing for children in the United States. Although the long sun-drenched days brought plenty of...
   18/08/2011
…So when the Gates Foundation challenged Rotary International to raise US$200 million, they set to work with gusto. Back in 2007, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation issued Rotary International a challenge - raise US$ 100 million for polio eradica...
   18/08/2011
4.9 billion Japanese Yen (JPY) loan from JICA to support polio eradication in Pakistan through 2013 Ms. Sadako Ogata, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Mr. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundati...
   08/08/2011
Vaccination campaigns rapidly boost immunity of refugees vulnerable to outbreaks of communicable diseases. 8 August 2011 - The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in over 50 years; child malnutrition rates are more than double or triple the...
   05/08/2011
The story of Aminu Ahmad, polio survivor and eradication advocate 5 August 2011 - When some people are affected by the long-term consequences of illness, they let it take over their life. Aminu Ahmad let polio take over his life in the most positi...
   03/08/2011
UNICEF releases a series of videos documenting vaccination campaigns in Kenya. In the wake of drought and famine across the Horn of Africa, thousands of refugees have made the journey to Kenya in search of food and water. The population of the wor...
   29/07/2011
FC Barcelona joins the fight to eradicate polio Futbol Club Barcelona has announced that it will join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in helping to spread the word on the global effort to eradicate polio. Every time Lionel 'Leo' M...
   28/07/2011
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. The fir...
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