News Stories

   31/08/2010
Attack a stark reminder of the dangers faced by public health workers. On the morning of 22 August 2010, Mr Osman Hussein Ibrahim, District Polio Officer in Mogadishu, Somalia, was shot and killed by a stray bullet while on his way to supervise polio...
   24/08/2010
Bono - lead singer of the rock band U2 - met today with President Dmitri Medvedev of the Russian Federation. Among other development and public health topics, both men discussed the importance of stopping polio, which has this year resurged in central Asia...
   16/08/2010
On 8 August 2010, the President of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno, received the prestigious Rotary 'Polio Eradication Champion' award. The award was given in recognition of the President's personal engagement in Chad's polio eradication efforts. Officially presen...
   04/08/2010
In Pakistan, polio eradication staff and resources are being used to help in the response to the devastating floods affecting the country. Polio eradication epidemiologists and surveillance officers in the worst-affected areas of North West Frontier Provin...
   01/08/2010
As a result of a large wild poliovirus outbreak in neighboring Tajikistan, Afghanistan has moved to safeguard children in its northern border regions through large-scale immunization campaigns. UNICEF Afghanistan Communication Specialist Cornelia Walthe...
   30/07/2010
The Horn of Africa is officially polio-free, with Sudan, Kenya and Uganda having reported no wild poliovirus cases for more than a year. In the first half of 2009, an outbreak of wild poliovirus that originated in northern Nigeria spread from southern...
   27/07/2010
Bill Gates' personal blog: With continued hard work and investment the world is on a path toward something pretty incredible, the eradication of polio.
   17/07/2010
A persistent outbreak of polio in Angola is geographically expanding in 2010 A persistent outbreak of polio in Angola is geographically expanding in 2010, with cases detected since February in previously polio-free provinces of Angola (Bie, Bengo,...
   25/06/2010
Looking at long-term OPV use and at fractional IPV dosage The New England Journal of Medicine has published today two studies on polio eradication, offering useful new insights both for the pre- and post-eradication era. In the first study, Helen Jenki...
   25/06/2010
Looking at long-term OPV use and at fractional IPV dosage The New England Journal of Medicine has published today two studies on polio eradication, offering useful new insights both for the pre- and post-eradication era. In the first study, Helen Jenki...
   21/06/2010
As polio eradication launches plan to tackle the final 1%, funding threatens historic achievement THE new Strategic Plan to eradicate polio by 2013 is already being compromised by a lack of funds, despite the fact the new approaches outlined in the Plan a...
   11/06/2010
Vaccination campaigns delayed or curtailed to minimize funding risk After several rounds of intense vaccination campaigns to end a polio outbreak in west Africa, which saw heads of state, movie stars and football heroes advocate for the eradication of pol...
   11/06/2010
Tajikistan has held four rounds of vaccination activities
   08/03/2010
Top-level leadership at launches of vaccination campaigns The President of Chad started the day by announcing, "I am personally declaring war on polio." The President of Mali launched campaigns in his country, calling on his peers to help make Africa...
   04/03/2010
Campaign aims to leave no child unvaccinated in 19 countries More than 85 million children under five years old will be immunized against polio in 19 countries across west and central Africa in a massive example of cross-border cooperation aimed at st...