News Stories

   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...
   06/09/2011
Sir Gustav Nossal – winner of the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and former Chairman of the WHO’s vaccines and biologicals program oversight committee – has added his support to the Global Poverty Project’s The End of Polio campaign. Deliver...
   05/09/2011
From the Development Policy Centre blog: In his earlier post on the eradication of polio, Jonathan Pryke discusses the long struggle that has led to the reducing the global burden of polio by 99% over the last 23 years. Today, Chris Maher discusses what li...
   01/09/2011
Yamoussoukro, (Cote d'Ivoire) -- Countries in the WHO African Region continued to make good progress in polio eradication in spite of outbreaks recorded in some Member States over the last two years. In a progress report on polio eradication to the WHO...
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