Scientists Have Taught A Plant How To Be A Polio Vaccine

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Tech

Household plants could hold the answer to eradicating a disease that has been paralysing people worldwide since the 1800’s. Scientists in Norfolk h...

Just Another Week in Global Health?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK
Aaron Oxley

This is a special week in Global Health. The World Health Organisation recognises a total of 14 "World Health Days" every year. The usual suspects of...

Polio - Almost History

David Bull | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
David Bull

The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.

Dr. Jayakrishnan Thavody: How India turned polio free

Netha Hussain | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK
Netha Hussain

The shift to injectable polio vaccine will also ensure that there are no cases of vaccine associated paralytic polio. As of now, the risk of vaccine associated paralytic polio is one in 1,50,000 babies.

Eliminating Polio Forever - Why Should We Care?

Tom Roberts | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Tom Roberts

A quarter of a century ago, a million children's lives were ruined or lost to Polio every three years - today that number is just 400 a year. A disease that was once endemic in 125 countries is now confined to just a small handful - in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Immigration Debate

Ade Adepitan | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ade Adepitan

Migration is a fact of life. Humans have moved around the world for hundreds of thousands of years. It's hard to blame someone for wanting to improve his or her circumstances. My parents made the same decision when they realised I had polio. After he came to London my father never saw his parents again. My mum and dad made huge sacrifices for which I will always be grateful.

World Polio Day - 99% of the Way There

Stephen_Brown | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK

World Polio Day gives us the opportunity to do just that. It shines a light on the magnificent effort by the international community to almost eradicate only the second human disease in history, and galvanises our movement to act to get rid of polio completely.

'I Am Disabled By Polio, But Enabled By Determination'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

As part of our month of determination, we're showcasing inspiring individuals who have shone in the harsh light of adversity. And if anyone deserve...

Field Diary: Unicef School Bags, a Symbol of Hope in War-Torn Aleppo

Hamida R. Lasseko | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Hamida R. Lasseko

During my visit to the Unicef-supported Basic Education School for displaced grade one to four children at the Aleppo University I met a number of confident, upbeat children, not shy to ask tough questions... As a mother, I could not hold back my tears when a young girl got up and asked me: "When will this war end?"

Intense Fighting in Syria Hampers Vital Polio Vaccination Efforts

Razan Rashidi | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Speaking from Syria, UNICEF health facilitator, Dr. Suliman Najem said that reaching remote communities is particularly challenging in a region that has been badly affected by the three-year old conflict.

In Syria, Mobile Teams Extend the Reach of Vaccination Effort

Razan Rashidi | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

One of the major obstacles is reaching populations in areas cut off by the conflict. In an effort to reach every child with vaccination coverage, UNICEF is supporting local NGOs and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in sending mobile health teams to remote villages and areas affected by conflict.

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

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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.