Polio

Focusing on Hard-to-Reach Children for Polio Vaccination Campaign in Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

More than six months after confirmation of the first polio case in Syria, Unicef continues to support efforts to tackle the outbreak in all parts of the country. The April nationwide polio round which started this week aims to reach 2.8million children across Syria with a special focus on hard-to-reach children in conflict zones and besieged areas...

The Resurgence of Preventable Diseases

Harry Brown | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For each new person promoting falsehoods about vaccines - the MDGs become that much harder to accomplish. In India, a country known for its political dysfunction, it has achieved extraordinary success by setting clear policy goals with adequate levels of funding and clear lines of responsibility.

India Is Set To Be Declared Polio Free From Today (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Outside her village home, while her mother embroidered a striking pink sari, India's last polio victim looked shyly at the cameras capturing her playi...

Could Polio Return To Europe?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK

Experts have raised the prospect of polio returning to Europe as a result of the Syrian crisis. The continent was declared polio-free by the World ...

The Battle to Eradicate Polio Is Not Won Yet - Let's Keep Fighting

James Shannon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
James Shannon

For many of us, the threat of contracting polio belongs in the past. We think of black and white photographs showing patients in wheelchairs or lying in an 'iron lung' to help them breathe. But for people in polio's last strongholds, the disease remains as real a threat today as it was 50 years ago.

Polio Outbreak in the Horn of Africa: The Red Crescent/Red Cross Key to Vaccinating Kids

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK
Siddharth Chatterjee

Six years after Somalia's last case of polio, the country has become the epicenter of a fresh outbreak in the Horn of Africa. 128 cases have been reported in Somalia, 13 in Kenya and one in Ethiopia.

Polio: We've Started, So We'll Finish

Gareth Williams | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK
Gareth Williams

We are within spitting distance of wiping polio off the face of the planet for all time. This is the last stage of one of the grand medical crusades of the 20th Century, which in 1988 was given focus, credibility and an apparently workable schedule by the World Health Organisation and its partners.

In Defence of Aid

Ashish Prashar | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Ashish Prashar

Ipsos MORI recently released a poll which showed that three quarters (76%) of those surveyed in Britain say they know 'not very much' or 'nothing at all' about the development aid given by the UK to poorer countries.

Prime Minister Cameron: UK Aid Budget Is Not a Political Piggy Bank

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Conflating poverty alleviation with peacekeeping and other military operations ignores a fundamental principal of economic efficiency - comparative advantage - and fuels mission creep, one of the most dangerous threats to military operations.

Polio and Pakistan: Great Trepidations

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK
Dr Sania Nishtar

The brutal assassination of nine grass roots level health workers in Pakistan, who were involved in a door-to-door immunization campaign in an attempt to secure children from crippling polio, adds an unprecedentedly grave dimension to the ongoing carnage in Pakistan.

Health Workers on the Frontline in Pakistan

Suniya Qureshi | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Suniya Qureshi

The various levels of corruption, racketeering, protection bribes, sectarian threats and drone attacks have created a cocktail of intrigue and mistrust amongst the Pakistani citizens at best, and murderous behavior at worst! However, justifiable opposition to these problems cannot and should not ever be used to defend the murder of innocents.

Killings Force UN To Pull Polio Workers Out Of Pakistan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK

The United Nations has pulled all its staff on a Polio eradication campaign in Pakistan out of the country after two more workers were killed on Wedne...

The New Wings of Development

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK
Dr Sania Nishtar

The concept of development, through which governments view social policy in environments where capitalism is the mode of social organization, may be up for a major rethink, globally. This year, policy signals at agenda-setting global convening and major publications seem to be heralding new directions.

Polio: Why we Need to Keep on Fighting

Carolyn Miller | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Carolyn Miller

Like most people who have grown up in the UK, I used to think of polio as more or less eradicated.

UK Aid is Helping to End Polio in Pakistan

Suniya Qureshi | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
Suniya Qureshi

We're in the final round of an epic fight. Now is not the time to flinch - now is the time where together we make history.

The London 2012 Paralympics Are Historic for a Reason You May Not Know About...

David Bull | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Sport
David Bull

For at least 20 of the athletes who competed in the Games in London this year, it is polio which has left them paralysed - a vicious, highly infectious disease that attacks the nervous system and can cause paralysis, if not death. It is children under five who are most vulnerable to infection. But it was possible to watch London 2012's Paralympics Games with a great sense of optimism. These Games were historic, not only for the number of competing athletes and sell-out crowds, but also because they may well have been the last Olympics to take place in a world where a child is at risk of paralysis because of polio.

The Shoe Seller

Dan Griffin | Posted 27.10.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

David Njenga is sitting at home--a dank, claustrophobic room in Rongai--with his wife and two young children. Perhaps ironically for a man whose legs ...

As India Stands on the Brink

David Bull | Posted 05.05.2012 | UK
David Bull

We have a window of opportunity to capitalise on India's achievement and make a real push to protect every child against polio. I want to know that, wherever I travel on this planet of ours, I will never again find a child whose life has been damaged forever by polio.

Too Many Disabled Children in Developing Countries Are Being Denied Their Rights

Anne Wafula Strike | Posted 01.02.2012 | UK
Anne Wafula Strike

When given access to their fundamental rights, disabled people can achieve the equality that enables them to make vital contributions to society, improving their lives and the lives of others.

Pakistan and Polio

Dr Sania Nishtar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Home
Dr Sania Nishtar

So long as a single child remains infected with polio, the global goal of eradication will not be met. We must also look inwards to put in place critically-needed health system reforms, which will be vital for meeting any development target in Pakistan where social divides are widening at an alarming pace.