News Stories

   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...
   23/02/2010
“End Polio Now” message beamed on to monuments worldwide   Iconic landmarks around the world were illuminated with the “End Polio Now” message the week of 23 February in honour of Rotary's 105th anniversary. Landmarks lit up included: the...
   16/02/2010
Polio, peace and partnership For the past three days, 19 000 health workers travelled from house-to-house in 14 provinces to reach 2.8 million children under 5 years of age in southern, south-eastern, western and eastern Afghanistan. The immunization...
   15/02/2010
Under-fives in Nad Ali District are missing out on polio immunization due to an ongoing military operation Under-five children in Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, are missing out on polio immunization due to an ongoing militar...
   10/01/2010
Launching campaigns in Buddhism's holiest site   The Dalai Lama inaugurated polio vaccination campaigns here today, in Buddhism's holiest site. The campaigns in Bihar state, India, were the first in the country to use the new bivalent oral pol...
   16/11/2009
Young pilgrims to the Hajj from polio-infected countries must be immunized with oral polio vaccine, the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has demanded. The Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia has once again issued a requirement that all visitors aged unde...
   24/10/2009
We're "this close" to eradicating polio This October, some 162 million children are being vaccinated against polio, in countries from Guinea in west Africa to Nepal in south Asia. This month also marks 95 years since the birth of Jonas Salk, developer...
   16/10/2009
Getting real-time campaign coverage data The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is implementing new approaches to improve the quality and impact of eradication strategies. One critical step is to obtain complete and rapid data on supplementary immunizati...
   23/06/2009
UN Secretary General recognizes polio workers and volunteers Birmingham, UK – In the final push to rid the world of a crippling and potentially fatal disease, Rotary International today announced that it has raised US$ 90.7 million toward its US$ 200...
   06/03/2009
A landmark polio project puts thousands of newborns on the map every month In the teeming streets of Uttar Pradesh (UP), ensuring each of the estimated 38 million children in India's most populous state is immunized remains one of the global polio era...
   26/02/2009
Response to polio spread in West Africa In response to a polio outbreak originating in Nigeria, an eight-country synchronized vaccination campaign in West Africa kicks off on 27 February 2009. Nigeria and seven of its neighbours wi...
   25/02/2009
During Rotary's 104th anniversary, floodlight messages across some of the world's most iconic landmarks are lit with the message “End Polio Now” From Sydney's Opera House to Rome's Coliseum, from Cape Town's Table Mountain to New York's High Falls, Ro...
   13/02/2009
Shows final stages of eradication effort A film depicting the challenges in the final stages of polio eradication has been nominated for an Academy Award in the best documentary short subject category. "The Final Inch" chronicles the challenges health org...
   27/12/2008
Police and students band together to build support for polio eradication in Pakistan All around the world they’re much the same… they’re red and round with big bold lettering. But in Islamabad, Pakistan, drivers may have cause to pause and look again....