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   20/10/2011
Joining the effort to bring about a polio-free world Geneva – The World Health Organization and the Saudi Fund for Development signed today a memorandum of understanding for the latter to contribute US$ 5 million to WHO, for the cost of polio eradic...
   17/10/2011
Volunteers around the world prepare for World Polio Day Last year, celebrations for World Polio Day included a contingent of around 460 Rotarians and friends who ran and walked the Eurasia Marathon in Istanbul, crossing the Bosporus Bridge,...
   12/10/2011
Polio eradication efforts coordinated with broader health agenda With the detection of WPV in Kenya, it is crucial that transmission is rapidly interrupted to avoid further spread to neighbouring countries, especially those affected by drought and f...
   05/10/2011
States eligible for US$ 500,000 grant to address pressing health issues SEATTLE -- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a new initiative today for Nigeria’s Executive Governors challenging them to deliver...
   02/10/2011
The Astana Declaration calls for funding and political commitment Astana – Ministers of health from around the Islamic world adopted a declaration this week noting that they "emphasize the urgency of stopping all wild poliovirus transmission b...
   30/09/2011
Religious leaders' support critical to help increase community vaccination acceptance and coverage in the country Ahead of the next National Immunization Days (NIDs) on 20 October, religious leaders from across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (...
   30/09/2011
Ministry of Public Health, WHO and UNICEF working to reach all underimmunized children wherever they live, priority outreach is being directed to Southern Region. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), with the support of World Health Organ...
   29/09/2011
For seven countries in west Africa and Horn of Africa Washington, D.C. — The United Nations Foundation today announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had delivered $10 million of its $30 million commitment to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (G...
   22/09/2011
Children and adults all vaccinated Chinese authorities continue to respond aggressively to a polio outbreak in the western part of the country, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Following the initial immunization campaign held on 8-1...
   20/09/2011
Sanofi Pasteur has donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) a vaccine seed-strain used for the production of oral polio vaccine (OPV). The type 3 polio seed-strain is the original viral seed used to produce large quantities of OPV against type 3 poli...
   20/09/2011
Intense outbreak in Pakistan, related cases in China Wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) genetically linked to virus currently circulating in Pakistan has been isolated in China. Pakistan is affected by nationwide transmission of WPV1, and is the loca...
   14/09/2011
It has now been 20 years since the last case of indigenous wild poliovirus was reported in the Americas This little Peruvian boy (pictured left) is Luis Fermin Tenoria. Luis was the last child in the Americas to be paralysed by indigenous wild polioviru...
   07/09/2011
No intention of curtailing operations in Nigeria The polio eradication family is mourning its own. The World Health Organization and UNICEF, two of the spearheading partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, both lost staff in the attack on UN H...
   06/09/2011
25-year-old Geeta, a mother of three, has her priority clear - making 300 bricks a day. “I don’t have time to even think of taking my children to the Aganwadi centre for routine immunization,” she admits. Hundreds of such mothers work in brick kilns in...
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