Sindh transmitting measles to other provinces: survey — Dawn com Pakistan

LAHORE: Holding Sindh responsible for transmitting measles to the rest of the country, a survey has found that the province lags well behind Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in vaccine coverage. A child receiving treatment at a hospital. — Reuters/file According to the measles supplementary immunisation activity (SIA) coverage survey, millions of children are vulnerable to…

Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency? — Rafia Zakaria and Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta on Democracy now video

Click Image to watch video at source The World Health Organization has designated the spread of polio in Asia, Africa and the Middle East a global public health emergency requiring a coordinated “international response.” Three countries pose the greatest risk of further spreading the paralyzing virus: Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria. In an unusual step, the…

WHO: ‘Pakistan is one of the taps for poliovirus’ — Deutsche Welle

The World Health Organization has identified Pakistan as one of the countries posing the greatest risk of spreading polio. WHO spokeswoman Sona Bari explains how various international outbreaks are linked to the country. On May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency, with three countries identified…

Dean Klag Signs Declaration to End Polio — Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health joined the group led by Emory and Aga Khan University

The dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has joined an influential group of leading scientists and public health experts in signing the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication. By signing the declaration, which was published April 11, Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, dean of the Bloomberg School, publically endorsed the new Polio…

Polio Mostly Eradicated Globally – VOA News on Aga Khan University head Pediatrician Anita Zaidi’s progress report in Atlanta

Jessica Berman November 15, 2012 The global scourge of polio has been virtually eradicated, reaching historically low numbers this year.  But pockets of the disease remain in South Asia and Africa because of the refusal of some parents to immunize their children.  International public health officials counted 177 polio cases worldwide for the first ten…

One million Pakistani children miss polio vaccination – Dawn com News

ISLAMABAD: Almost one million Pakistani children were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended Wednesday, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western “conspiracy”. Data obtained by AFP showed that some 998,569 children of the 32 million targeted during the three-day nationwide drive, backed…

Polio Makes Its Last Stand: As global eradication efforts ramp up in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, funding shortfalls threaten gains in Africa and Asia – Scientific American com

A hard-fought battle against the polio virus may be approaching its endgame. Last week, health officials laid out plans to eradicate the virus from its last redoubts, but warned that the effort may founder owing to a US$1-billion funding gap.  “We are truly at a tipping point in the program right now,” says Bruce Aylward,…

PPA demands eradication of polio from Pakistan – Pakistan Press International News

Karachi: Experts belonging to Pakistan Paediatric Association have urged redoubled efforts to eradicate polio from Pakistan. Dr. Amir M. K. Jogezai, President, Pakistan Paediatric Association Centre, Prof. Dr. Zareen Fasih, Secretary General, Pakistan Paediatric Association Centre, Prof. Tariq Bhutta, Chairman, National Immunization Advisory Group, Lahore, Dr. A. Ghaffar Billoo, Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi, Prof….

New plan mooted to end polio menace – The Gulf Today

ISLAMABAD: After the massive failure of Pakistan’s the National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) for polio eradication, the government has come up with a new plan. Admitting the failure of the NEAP, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Shahnaz Wazir Ali, however, attributed it to lack of commitment, accountability and inadequate implementation of strategies and ownership of the polio programme at provincial,…