News Stories

   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...
   28/07/2011
The End of Polio campaign starts spreading the word on the international effort to eradicate polio.  The campaign, brainchild of the Global Poverty Project, gives four reasons to eradicate polio: • It's a generation defining achievement. •...
   27/07/2011
Funds Vaccinations for 40,000 Children Washington, DC (July 27, 2011) — The United Nations Foundation today welcomed Romania’s announcement that it was joining the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its first grant that will provide polio vaccin...
   24/07/2011
WHO and the CDC, China co-hosted an International workshop on polio eradication during 21-22 July in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. "The global battle to eradicate polio is challenged with the double pressure of being polio-free and maintaining polio-...
   21/07/2011
Rotarians are in the forefront of the drive to implement Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2011. The government launched the emergency plan in January, in response to a sharp increase in polio cases in the country i...
   20/07/2011
Independent Monitoring Board report The report of the 30 June-1 July meeting of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) affirms that polio eradication can be achieved in the near-term, but that 'this will not happen if things continue as they are.'...
   15/07/2011
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 Independent Monitoring Board in its July report raised concerns about the quality...
   15/07/2011
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. Hawa Issak lives with her s...
   14/07/2011
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. An aggressive strategy to ensure the ces...
   07/07/2011
Significant implications, as Asia is on verge of eliminating circulation of this strain. Pakistan has reported wild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) isolated from a 16-month old child with onset of paralysis on 9 June 2011, from a conflict-affected, inaccessi...
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