October 7, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb exploded near a government health center Monday in northwestern Pakistan as anti-polio kits were being distributed, killing two people and wounding at least 12, Pakistani officials said. The explosion in a suburb of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border, was apparently detonated by remote control. It was the latest in a series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. A policeman and a volunteer peace committee member were killed in the blast, which appeared to target police assigned to protect vaccinators shortly before they headed into nearby neighborhoods to administer the anti-polio vaccine, authorities said.
December 18, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Five female anti-polio workers in Pakistan were slain Tuesday by gunmen on motorcycles, police said, on the second day of a three-day national immunization campaign. Four of the women were killed in Karachi, the nation's largest city, and the fifth in Peshawar. Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, whose capital is Karachi, ordered a halt to the anti-polio drive in the port city after the shootings. Health officials said vaccinations were also halted until further notice in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is located.
June 26, 2011 |
Scientists, health workers and community outreach officials in India believe they're finally on the cusp of a major milestone, the defeat of polio throughout the country. The polio virus, which attacks the nervous system, has been largely eliminated in most other countries through immunizations. But it has remained a frustratingly significant threat in India, as well as in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, largely because of unsanitary conditions. It wasn't too long ago that polio killed or crippled 100,000 children in India each year.
February 9, 2011 |
We've been waiting a long time for the eradication of polio. Since the World Health Organization's 1988 decision to eliminate polio from nature, as it once did smallpox, billions of dollars have been funneled into this long war. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation alone has contributed more than $1 billion since 1999 to the effort, and it recently pledged an additional $119 million. The massive campaign has included armies of eradicators, mountains of research and the dedication of numerous governments and NGOs.
December 16, 2010
British and U.S. researchers are developing a new virtually risk-free polio vaccine that "tricks" the body into triggering its immune system to counteract the polio virus, according to British media reports this week. Unlike other polio vaccines, this replica, or hoax vaccine, bypasses the need to import any poliovirus cells into the body. Researchers are optimistic as they embark on the first stage of testing. "This is an entirely new strategic approach against polio," Dr. Nicola Stonehouse of the University of Leeds says in a statement.
October 26, 2010 |
A new oral polio vaccine is making headlines today — and small wonder. Polio may have been wiped out in America, but that’s not true for parts of Africa. And it's there that a new vaccine may finally put an end to the crippling disease. The bivalent oral polio vaccine, known as bOPV, immunizes children in high-risk countries for two key strains of the polio virus in one shot, according to findings published in Lancet on Tuesday. World Health Organization scientist Roland Sutter hailed the vaccine that could "get us to the finish line of polio eradication," Reuters reports.