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A week in China with PATH

“Each of these little vials—every single one—can protect a child,” says PATH board member Dr. Yehong Zhang, leaning over a humming conveyor belt as hundreds of vials of Japanese encephalitis vaccine whisk by. “It’s moving, really. This is why we do this work.” I’m standing with Dr. Zhang at the Chengdu Institute of Biological Products […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesReproductive health: a candid conversation with Martha BradyEnsuring vaccines reach the people who need them mostNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

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Progress toward #polio eradication is a much-needed reminder that global health is still…

I always love spotlighting polio eradication. Along with Guinea worm, it is one of the few candidates to follow smallpox to the eternal (or so we all hope) halls of eradicated diseases. While the eradication effort has suffered its setbacks in recent years, public health workers have persisted, steadily marching onward. And frankly, there has been so much hand-wringing in global health in recent weeks that it is important to occasionally remember that there are still wins we can, and should, celebrate.

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Polio Eradication: Advances, Threats, and the Role of Mobile

Polio Eradication Progress In 2017 so far, a total of five cases of wild polio have been reported worldwide: 3 in Afghanistan and 2 in Pakistan. This represents an incredible decrease of 99% since 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (a public-private partnership composed of national governments with support from the World Health Organization, Rotary International, CDC, UNICEF, and the Gates Foundation) began its efforts to eradicate the disease worldwide – a time when polio paralysed more than 1000 children worldwide every single day. Child with leg deformity from polio This represents an enormous triumph for the science of vaccination, and for the determination of the global community to eliminate this disease from the planet, as smallpox was before, almost 40 years ago. National governments, non-profits, the Red Cross movement, scientists, and funders have all played a role in this progress. Mobile Plays a Role We’re incredibly proud of having played a role in recent advances against this terrible disease, as for more than five years WHO has relied on Magpi for mobile data collection and reporting for a wide variety of monitoring and assessment and management activities around polio vaccination – some of which are detailed in a paper published last year by Nigeria WHO staff: “Implementation of a Systematic Accountability Framework in 2014 to Improve the Performance of the Nigerian Polio Program”(download below)

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From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

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CDC Maintains Vigilance to Eradicate Polio in Northern Nigeria

Chimeremma Denis Nnadi, MD, MPH, PhD Epidemiologist in the Polio Eradication Branch of the Global Immunization Division Vaccines save lives. Today, millions of children have a chance at surviving and living healthy, productive thanks to the introduction and increasingly widespread use of vaccines against major diseases that cripple and kill children over the last few decades. These diseases include polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, influenza and measles. The essence of our work could be seen in CDC’s commitment to eradicate polio and reduce other vaccine-preventable diseases among children in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. More children are surviving and the country is closer than ever to eradicating polio.

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WHO Committee Recommends Extension Of Polio As Public Health Emergency Of International Concern

WHO: Twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2015) regarding the international spread of poliovirus “The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the director general on 7 February 2017. … The committee…More

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Joint Polio Efforts By Afghanistan, Pakistan Suggest Eradication Achievable ‘Very Soon’

Humanosphere: ‘All systems in place’ for Afghanistan to eradicate polio, says WHO Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, discusses efforts to address polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made and challenges ahead. Lu writes, “Afghanistan only had 13 recorded cases [of polio] last year, down from 20 the year before and 28…More

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WHO Executive Board Discusses Global Polio Post-Eradication Transition Plan

Devex: WHO board discusses polio eradication endgame “Polio eradication and antimicrobial resistance were among the biggest issues at the World Health Organization’s weeklong executive board meetings, which concluded on Tuesday. … The board called for the director general to compile a thorough report ahead of the World Health Assembly in May, detailing any challenges and…More

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World Polio Day 2016: A Focus on Tenacity and Hope

Rebecca Martin, PhD, Director, Center for Global Health John Bingham is an American writer and long distance runner who’s competed in more than 45 marathons. He has no connection whatsoever to global health. Nor does he claim any history or involvement with the difficult but ever hopeful struggle to eradicate polio from every corner of the world. So it might seem odd that Bingham’s words come to mind today, World Polio Day, as an apt and perfectly relevant call to action in our efforts to defeat polio. “Marathons,” he wrote, “are about tenacity as much as talent.” We have made remarkable progress in our goal to eradicate polio, but if we are to close the last, small but stubborn distance between a world with polio and one without, we should heed Bingham’s advice

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New vaccines to foil polio’s last tricks

Editor’s note: The importance of polio vaccine coverage is an obvious lesson learned in global health. What is less obvious is why we’re investing in new vaccines if we’re already on the cusp of eradication. Guest contributor Hope Randall recently sat down to meet with John Konz, who leads a PATH project developing a new […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changeHonoring decades of compassion and friendshipsGuides lead the way from fear to hope ;

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The multidimensional fight against polio

“The end of polio in sight” “What if we fail to eradicate polio?” “WHO concerned about Nigeria polio outbreak” The headlines covering polio are inspiring and troubling at the same time. Are we really close to eliminating this paralytic disease from the face of the earth, or aren’t we? Here’s the answer: There is great […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesThe essential fight for positive changeTaking parasitic worms out of childhoodNew vaccines to fight polio’s last tricks ;

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Polio survivors face new disability

Polio survivors contend with emergence of new disabilities decades after being treated for the disease.

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Polio will be eradicated

Read this article:   Polio will be eradicated

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WHO Official Says Polio Will Be Eradicated Despite Setback In Nigeria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Polio will be eradicated Michael Zaffran, director of polio eradication for the World Health Organization, writes that Nigeria’s recently reported cases of poliovirus are “a setback in the global effort to eradicate polio once and for all. But as Nigeria is again classified as polio endemic, I am…More

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