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   17/06/2011
Strategic vision for lasting polio-free world published in New England Journal of Medicine. 16 June – Progress achieved over the past 12 months, since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-2012, shows that in...
   10/06/2011
Hajj-related travel may accelerate spread. 9 June 2011 - Chad is experiencing outbreaks of both wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1 – 65 cases in 2011) and wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3 - three cases). The WPV3 outbreak has been ongoing since November 2007, w...
   01/06/2011
1 June 2011 – Nigeria has nearly tripled the proportion of children covered by routine immunization between 2006 to 2010, according to a new national study. The increase took place against the backdrop of aggressive supplementary immunization campaigns to...
   28/05/2011
Declaration at Deauville Summit underscores need for 'special focus' and 'renewed momentum' 28 May 2011 - G8 leaders unanimously re-affirmed their commitment to polio eradication at this year's G8 Summit in Deauville, France, on 26-27 May. In its decl...
   27/05/2011
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...
   26/05/2011
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 eradi...
   24/05/2011
In front of an audience of over 10,000 Rotarians, Bill Gates offers praise and caution. The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation praised Rotary for its continued success in the effort to eradicate polio, but cautioned that Rotarians will ne...
   24/05/2011
The global health community signalled strong commitment to polio eradication this week, underlining the financial needs to finish the job. 24 May, Geneva – Delegates at the World Health Assembly (WHA) focused on the 'significant advances' since the la...
   23/05/2011
The 'TED Talks' are well known for presenting "ideas worth spreading" – one of which is the incredible worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Dr Bruce Aylward, then Director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, was invited to speak at TED2011 by gues...
   19/05/2011
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 sugg...
   17/05/2011
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 17 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland - As international public health leaders gather in Geneva this...
   13/05/2011
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. Dr Muhammad Pate, Executive Director of Nigeria’s National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, blo...
   06/05/2011
Looking for studies that seek to provide solutions to some of the roadblocks encountered in polio eradication.  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking submissions for round seven of their 'Grand Challenges in Public Health' initiative....
   28/04/2011
Report highlights need for 'heightened attention' at all levels; calls funding gap 'single greatest threat'. 20 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland - The report of the 31 March-1 April meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio...
   25/04/2011
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...
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