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    18 January, 2018 | The Nation

    PM Abbasi condemns killing of polio workers In Quetta

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today strongly condemned the attack on a polio team in Quetta , which resulted in the loss of two precious lives. The prime minister called for a report on the incident from the Chief Secretary and Inspector General Balochistan.


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    10 January, 2018 | The News

    Murad stresses importance of winning national war on polio

    Reiterating his commitment to eradicate polio from Sindh, the chief minister has directed all the divisional, district administration and health officials to work harder to ensure that their respective jurisdictions are clean and that vaccines are administered to all vulnerable children.


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    02 January, 2018 | Dawn

    Sudden resurgence

    It is clearly going to take much longer to eradicate the deadly polio virus from Sindh and Karachi in particular even though the initiative came so tantalisingly close to the finish line earlier this year.


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    30 December, 2017 | Dawn

    Armed with handkerchief, Pishin's Dadi fights poliovirus

    For many women living and working in Balochistan, life is very difficult. As if the security situation doesn't create enough problems, cultural sensitivities and responsibilities at home make everything even harder.


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    08 December, 2017 | Dawn

    Polio eradication

    AS the clock ticks ever closer to the passage of another year, it is a time of reckoning all round: what gains have been made, what losses incurred, in the country's various endeavours?


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    22 September, 2017 | Dawn

    Bill Gates appreciates Pakistan's progress in polio eradication

    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chairman Bill Gates on Thursday appreciated the progress achieved in eradication of polio over the last four years in Pakistan and expressed hope that the goal of complete eradication from the remaining three pockets in the country would be achieved soon.


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    26 July,2017 | Project Syndicate

    Helping the Heroines of Polio Eradication

    NEW YORK – Last month, world governments and other donors pledged $1.2 billion to help carry the 30-year fight to eradicate polio over the finish line. At its height, the polio epidemic caused 350,000 cases of paralysis in children every year. Last year, only 37 cases were reported. So far this year, the number stands at six..


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    17 July,2017 | The Times

    This could be the year that we eradicate one of the world's worst diseases

    The fight against disease has been the most successful battle in human history. Over the past two centuries several once-common sicknesses have disappeared or lost their terror. One notable exception remains — polio. In the UK we have forgotten the ravages of this awful condition, the harm it inflicts on so many lives and its impact on communities.


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    27 July,2017 | Tribune

    No polio case reported in Fata in one year

    PESHAWAR: The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) achieved a milestone on Thursday as it completed a year without reporting a single case of polio.

    According to a statement issued by Fata Secretariat, the last polio case in Fata was reported on July 27, 2016.


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    May ,2017 | Observer

    Pakistan's joint external evaluation exercise a model: WHA

    Islamabad: Pakistan was presented as a model to countries attending the World Health Assembly (WHA) as the first nation to conduct Joint External Evaluation of Core Capacities to respond to disease outbreaks and level of preparedness to deal with pandemics.


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    May 23, 2017 | Business Recorder

    Pakistan sets up world's largest surveillance network for polio

    Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Co-ordination Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the Government of Pakistan is carrying out aggressively the surveillance for polio and has established 53 environmental sampling sites which is the largest surveillance network in the world.


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    April 14, 2017 | Tribune

    Polio job 'almost done but not finished'

    QUETTA: Prime Minister's Focal Person for Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, while lauding the role of the district for its efforts, has urged the authorities to ensure the highest quality of campaigns through coordinated monitoring, supervision and leadership during the upcoming round of campaign starting from April 17.


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    April 9, 2017 | Tribune

    Coordinated Pak-Afghan efforts for bear fruit

    ISLAMABAD: and Afghanistan's 'united we stand, divided we fall' stance on has started to bear fruits. Children under 10 have been vaccinated at the border crossings despite the challenges.


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    April 2, 2017 | Tribune

    TAG chair lauds 's efforts in anti- fight

    ISLAMABAD: Chair of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) lauded 's efforts in its fight against and remarked that the country's progress since the group's last meeting has been remarkable.


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    February 14, 2017 | gatesnotes

    Warren Buffett's Best Investment

    Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world.


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    February 26, 2017 | The news on sunday

    The soldier

    As the sun rises overhead in the midst of day, Khayal Muhammad; a young man with a limp in left leg, accompanied by a team of workers, knocks at a door in the dusty Afghan refugee camp...


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    January,2017 | The Lancet

    Triumph over adversity: 's successes against

    In 2014, 306 cases were reported across , which dropped to only 54 in 2015 and 16 as of Nov 16, 2016, in contrast to the 40 cases reported by the same time in 2015..


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    February 2, 2017 | Arabian Business

    WHO hails UAE's efforts to eradicate

    The UAE's efforts to help eradicate "cannot be underestimated" and has played a significant role in the turnaround seen in the country since 2014, according to the World Health Organisation..


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    January 19, 2017 | The News

    Bill Gates meets PM Nawaz, lauds 's efforts against

    DAVOS Switzerland: Mioorsoft founder and head of the Melinda Gates Foundation BillGates Thursday appreciated the tremendous success of in eradication of virus from the country over the past three years.


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    January 10, 2017 | Daily Times

    CM vows to make Sindh -free

    KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that has become a big challenge for his government but "I have accepted this challenge and would hopefully turn Sindh into a free province shortly."


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    January 03, 2017 |The News

    vaccine is safe for children, says JUI-F leader

    PESHAWAR: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Fata chapter leader Mufti Abdul Shakoor has categorically termed the vaccine safe for children.In a statement, he said: "I consider vaccine safe and urge the parents not to listen to any rumours about it,


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    30 November 2016 |Daily Times

    Japan to give $4m for eradication of

    ISLAMABAD: A grant of US$ four million will be provided to for 'the Project for the Control and Eradication of myelitis' which will support the procurement of 3.9 million....


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    24 October 2016 |The Nation

    close to defeat : Ayesha

    Islamabad - In observance of the World Day, 's programme is committing to nothing less than leaving no child unvaccinated and vulnerable to the crippling virus....


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    24 October 2016 |Dawn News

    A victim who has become a ray of hope

    QUETTA: "Many people told me that I was a curse and burden for my family. Some even advised me to commit suicide," says Naqeebullah Ehsas, a man hit by virus in his childhood and still unable to walk...


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    September 27, 2016 |Dawn

    Governor orders accelerated efforts to in Fata

    PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has directed accelerated efforts to eradicate myelitis and ensure safe and healthy future of children in Fata. He ordered the authorities concerned to mobilise all resources during the ongoing drive in the tribal region to ensure its success.


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    01 September 2016 |Tribune News

    Survey of to help improve campaigns

    ISLAMABAD: The country's health authorities have joined hands with the Survey of (SoP) for improved campaign planning and execution monitoring.......


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    26 August 2016 |Dawn News

    monitoring board enhances targets for

    ISLAMABAD: The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for has increased a number of targets for to eliminate the crippling disease by the end of the year.....


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    15 August 2016 |Tribune News

    Crippling virus: Strategy devised to register children from high-risk UCs

    PESHAWAR: The provincial government has devised a fresh strategy whereby every single child from high-risk union councils will be registered with the health department. This has been done in view of recent sewerage samples which tested positive for virus....


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    13 July 2016 |Gulf News

    UAE delivers 116m units of vaccine in over 3 years

    ISLAMABAD: The UAE has provided more than 116 million units of vaccine for i children aged under five from January 2014 to the end of May 2016 through the Emirates Campaign, launched under the directives from President...


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    10 June 2016 |Global Health

    may have turned a historic corner in the battle against

    may be on its way to finally ridding itself of , if a small environmental survey is truly representative of the country as a whole.The virus, which only infects humans but can spread in the environment usually through contaminated...


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    01 June 2016 |Foreign Policy

    's Quiet Revolution Against

    Every morning, Naseeba travels to the local health facility in Taxila, , to collect a cooler packed with vaccines. With these, an area map, and tally sheets in hand, she then begins her daily journey, joining thousands of i citizens...


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    20 May 2016 |Dawn

    Japan approves $59m loan for

    ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government has approved a loan of $59 million for the programme in in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help optimise immunisation against of children under the age of 5.


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    10 May 2016 |New York Times


    While a global campaign to vaccinate every child on the globe has reduced incidence of by 99 percent, wiping out the disease in the last handful .


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    27 April 2016 |The News

    The road to zero Part - II

    The phased introduction of a new vaccination regime, the injectable vaccine, has proved a fillip to the initiative. The globally synchronised switch from the trivalent vaccine to the bivalent vaccine.


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    26 April 2016 |The News

    The road to zero Part - I

    As the global community observes the World Immunization Week, beginning April 24, for many it is time to reflect on the health of children and how far humanity has been able to ensure that children have access to health,education.


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    05 April 2016 |Business Recorder

    Efforts being made to make free:jhagra

    PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said all out efforts are being made for complete eradication of from the country to make a free state to save the future of next generation.


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    21 March 2016 |Dawn

    Good neighbours ease fears in country's fight

    KARACHI: In a rundown district of Karachi, Rabia balks at a neighbour's proposal to vaccinate her children, demonstrating one of the biggest hurdles to eradicating by the end of the year: confused and frightened parents.


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    16 March 2016 |Dawn

    Japan to provide funds for 16m doses

    ISLAMABAD: Japan will extend financial assistance to for procurement of 16 million doses of oral vaccine, sufficient to vaccinate over 14m children under the age of five in 10 mop-up campaigns during this year.


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      17 February 2016 |Dawn

      Swat prayer leader joins anti- drive

      MINGORA: A local religious leader, Mufti Samiullah, has rolled up his sleeves to help eradicate the deadly virus from Swat valley and he along with his team is actively taking part in the three-day anti- campaign that started on Feb 15.


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      16 February 2016|The News

      Only collective efforts can eliminate from

      Karachi Inaugurating a three-day drive in the province on Monday, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan stressed the importance of the role being played by female volunteers hired from local communities in ensuring that each and every child, particularly in vulnerable communities, was receiving drops and a fighting shot at a prosperous future.


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      02 February 2016 |Dawn

      Immunisation: Agents of change

      On Jan 12, Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa added another important tool to their inventory in the fight against and became the fourth province in the country to introduce the inactivated vaccine (IPV).


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    01 February 2016 | Tribune

    Shot in the arm: $338m earmarked for fighting

    approved on Friday a three-year, $338-million emergency plan. remains endemic in only two countries – and Afghanistan – despite an extensive global campaign for a -free world.


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    25 january 2016 | Tribune

    Crippling disease: , Canada join hands against

    This was agreed during a meeting between a Canadian High Commission delegation and Prime Minister's Focal Person for Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq here on Monday.


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    08 January 2016


    Friday, January 08, 2016 - Islamabad—The governments of and Afghanistan have agreed to join forces against virus and mobilise their


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      08 December 2015 | PT

      Year's last anti- drive launched in city

      The last anti- campaign of current year was launched in two phases in Karachi on Tuesday. In first phase, the drive will be carried out in Malir,


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      08 December 2015 | Tribune

      free : 'We must continue to wage war against '

      SUKKUR: Two drops of anti- vaccine must be given every time to every child, as this is the only way to realise the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for a -free.


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        23 November 2015 | Global Citizen

        Final push against : Punjab shows the way in

        It's not often you pick up the phone and hear the voice of a senior minister at the other end, asking how you think local immunisation services could be improved.


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        26 October 2015 |The Nation

        Efforts on to immunise every child against : Ayesha

        Islamabad - Prime Minister's Focal Person for , Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq has said protection from is the right of every i child and the government is making all-out efforts to ensure that every child in the length and breadth of is reached with anti- vaccine


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      27 September 2015 |Dawn

      Bill Gates lauds 's efforts to eradicate

      NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates, on Saturday in New York – where the latter lauded 's efforts to wipe out the crippling virus from the country.


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      10 September 2015 |Tribune

      , US to broaden health care cooperation

      ISLAMABAD: and the United Stated on Wednesday agreed to strengthen cooperation under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) while describing health security


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      11 August 2015 |New York Times

      A Milestone in Africa: No Cases in a Year

      It has been one full year since was detected anywhere in Africa, a significant milestone in global health that has left health experts around the world quietly celebrating.


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      03 June 2015 |Dawn

      Zarb-i-Azb helped decrease cases

      LAHORE: The Punjab health managers called an important meeting here on Tuesday in wake of a crucial conference planned in Islamabad...


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      03 May 2015 |The Washignton Post

      Making history

      NOW stands as the main barrier to the global elimination of wild virus.


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      20 March 2015 | CNN

      Crawling in a '-free' country

      (CNN)-Imagine sitting on a dusty, busy street in New Delhi, crowded with vendors and people running quickly about the market.


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      19 March 2015 | Dawn

      Unabated killings

      IT is tragic that while workers continue to be cut down in the country, few outraged voices are heard condemning their murder or demanding justice.


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      09 Feb 2015 | The News

      refusals plunge to all-time low of 0.15%

      Islamabad: refusals in have plummeted to an all-time low of 0.15%, reveals a special report on refusals shared with 'The News' by the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC).


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      04 Jan 2015 | Tribune

      Crippling disease: requests for emergency TAG meeting

      ISLAMABAD: has requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to convene a meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) as soon as possible to discuss its strategy in light of the current security situation of the country and to channel resources for vaccine and operational activities.


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      02 Jan 2015 | Relief Web

      Sindh emergency centre opens to tackle surge

      KARACHI: Sindh has become the first province to have an emergency operation centre to deal with a surge in cases under a World Health Organisation (WHO) demand after its formal inauguration by the health minister on Thursday.


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      08 Dec 2014 | The Nation

      awareness campaign launched

      LAHORE - The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has started Awareness Campaign by organising walks in all nine towns of the City on Sunday just a day before the three-day-long anti- drive which is going to commence from December 8.


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      25 Nov 2014 | Dawn

      Govt launches drive in inaccessible tribal areas

      ISLAMABAD: vaccination began in South Waziristan on Monday after a break of two-and-a-half years. World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed it a positive development for the eradication of virus from the country.


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      11 Nov 2014 | Tribune

      Taking a stand: Political agents told to take seriously

      PESHAWAR: FATA Additional Chief Secretary Mohammad Azam Khan has urged all political agents and other officials working for in the tribal belt to adopt a serious approach to rid the region of the crippling virus.


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      18 Oct 2014 |Dawn

      Rising cases may cause more travel restrictions

      With the confirmation of two more cases, it is feared that rising number of victims in the country may lead to more recommendations about travel restrictions on i nationals by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).


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      15 Oct 2014 | Dawn

      heads towards highest number of cases

      Official epidemiological data recorded until October 1, 2014 reveals that the Wazir and Dawar tribes of North Waziristan have the highest ratio of the virus. The tribesmen on the other hand hold the government and Taliban equally responsible for the spread of virus in the region.


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      15 Oct 2014 | Dawn

      Govt to use all resources to make country -free

      QUETTA: The government is firm to making the country -free and will employ all efforts to eradicate the disease. Emergence of new cases has forced international institutions and foreign governments to put restrictions on the country.


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      1st Oct 2014 | Dawn

      Rising number of cases upsets CM

      QUETTA: The government is utilising all available resources to protect children from crippling and fatal diseases, including and hepatitis, says Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.


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      27 Sep 2014 | NewsWeek Paksiatn


      would have been a problem of the past had it not been for . That's the takeaway from the World Health Organization's recent statement on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.


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      August 05, 2014 | Dawn

      469,110 IDPs vaccinated against so far: Health Department KP

      PESHAWAR - Turning challenge into an opportunity, Health Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has managed to vaccinate 469,110 internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) against at different permanent transit points set up in FR Bannu, Bannu, Hangu and Kurram agency.


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      Aug 4th, 2014 | Dawn

      Provinces asked to follow WHO rules on anti- immunisation

      PESHAWAR: The federal government has asked the provinces to ensure that people travelling abroad get immunised against in line with the recommendations of International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organisation so as avoid spread of the childhood ailment to other parts of the world, according to relevant officials.


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      August 03, 2014 | Npr

      Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains

      When my translator and I arrive in a crowded, dusty neighborhood in Karachi, Fatima Noor is waiting in a full black burqa. But she pretends not to see us. She turns down the alley and disappears. We follow her into a neighborhood, where the buildings are so close together that Noor's burqa brushes the walls.


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      Aug 2, 2014 | Dawn

      Centre asks Sindh to boost drive amid IDPs influx

      KARACHI: The Sindh government has received a letter from Islamabad asking for extensive campaigns in the province, particularly in Karachi, in anticipation of the arrival of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency after the launch of an army operation there, it emerged on Friday.


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      July 14, 2014 | The Express Tribune

      IDPs influx: Bannu 'most vulnerable' to

      PESHAWAR: As tens of thousands of displaced tribespeople from North Waziristan Agency pour into Bannu, health authorities have declared the district 'most vulnerable' for .Official data from the Provincial Control Room (PPCR), established at the Chief Minister's Monitoring Cell, reveals that the number of vaccine refusals in Bannu district has increased manifold over the past month.


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      July 12, 2014 | Nation

      and Afghanistan to fight together

      Quetta- and Afghanistan have agreed on a mechanism to improve coordination in the joint efforts to eradicate . The agreement was reached at a two-day regional cross border meeting on between Balochistan government and Southern Afghanistan in Quetta.The two sides discussed ways to improve bilateral coordination in improving quality of vaccination in cross-border villages, case surveillance and for transit vaccination points.


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      July 1, 2014 | JConline

      refugee crisis creates challenge

      BANNU, – The rugged i region of North Waziristan emerged as a hotbed of infections after Taliban militants in the isolated area banned immunizations. Now the i government's offensive against the militants has sent a half-million refugees fleeing the territory, creating both perfect conditions for the disease to spread and a golden opportunity to immunize many thousands of people.


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      June 27, 2014 | Dawn

      Displacement brings vaccination boon

      KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Taking advantage of the displacement of children in large numbers from North Waziristan due to the launch of a military operation there, health authorities have been able to vaccinate more than 192,442 previously unreachable children against , officials say.


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      June 17, 2014 | Observer

      IDB boosts 's anti- drive

      IN a major development Islamic Development Bank (IDB) President Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al Madani personally dashed to Islamabad to express solidarity of the Bank with in its drive to eliminate the deadly disease.


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      June 12, 2014 | Observer

      JICA kicks off KP routine immunization

      Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Islamabad—Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Health Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday jointly kicked-off a project for strengthening routine immunization to reduce the morbidity and mortality of vaccine preventable diseases.


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      May 27, 2014 | Aljazeera

      Working towards a -free

      Even with international efforts to promote immunisation, virus makes a comeback in the country.


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      May 26, 2014 | The News

      launches fresh vaccination drive in tribal belt

      PESHAWAR: launched a fresh vaccination drive in its restive tribal belt Monday, but officials warned that nearly 370,000 children are likely to miss out because of security problems.


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      May 19, 2014 | Dawn

      vaccine – what you need to know

      ISLAMABAD: As more and more would-be travellers queue up at hospitals and immunisation centres across the country for their dose of the vaccine, many have concerns about the vaccine's safety and the proper dosage for children and adults alike.


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      May 17, 2014 | BBC

      Eradicating one step at a time

      A few years ago, India accounted for half the world's cases of . Today it is officially clear of the disease. This remarkable feat is largely down to an army of women who, one step at a time, have crisscrossed the country on foot to give the under-fives vaccines.


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      May 16, 2014 | The News

      can be overcome in a year, says WHO

      ISLAMABAD: World Health Organisation (WHO) has claimed that outbreak can be overcome in within one year if the government ensures access of workers to the high risk areas in Fata, Karachi and Peshawar.


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      May 16, 2014 | The Express Tribune

      Stamping out : PM Nawaz orders inoculation of FATA children

      ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turned the talking points on into far-reaching action on Thursday when he ordered the compulsory pre-travel vaccination of all children venturing out of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).


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      May 12, 2014 | Balochistan Express Quetta

      Bugti vows to wipe out virus at the earliest

      QUETTA: Provincial Secretary Health Balochistan Arshad Hussain Bugti has said that all in-hand resources are being utilized to eradicate the menace of virus from the province.


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      May 12, 2014 | DAWN

      vaccine choices

      WHEN I think of the reaction of state and society over the -related travel restrictions recommended by the World Health Organisation last week, in my mind's eye I get the picture of Chicken Licken running around, worried about the sky falling on its head.


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      April 29, 2014 | ForeignPolicy

      SWAT M.D. Taliban

      Ever since the CIA used a vaccination ruse in its hunt for OBL, health workers have been combatants in 's war with the Taliban.


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      April 28, 2014 | Dawn

      Pindi sewers test negative for virus

      RAWALPINDI: Environmental sewerage samples taken from Rawalpindi have tested negative for virus after three consecutive months.


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      April 22, 2014 | Dawn

      Data from SKI can be used for covering refusal cases

      PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government's Sehat Ka Insaf (SKI) programme, which came to an end on Sunday after a vigorous vaccination campaign, virtually failed to address the problem of refusals against oral vaccine and missed children.


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      April 21, 2014 | The News

      Govt tackling situation on priority basis

      Islamabad: The federal government is very much aware of situation in the country, so it has declared emergency to tackle the issue on priority basis, according to Minister of State for Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar./p>


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      April 11, 2014 | The Express Tribune

      Rawalpindi declared -sensitive

      RAWALPINDI: Along with countering dengue, the district government has to face another challenge of containing spread of virus after Rawalpindi was declared -sensitive on Thursday, along with a few other districts around the country.


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      April 07, 2014 | Balochistan Express Quetta

      Healthy Balochistan Programme to be launched, says Minister

      QUETTA: Provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Baloch has said that the incumbent brings all its in-hand resources to develop a healthy Balochistan by providing all basic needs of the health to the masses.


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      April 06, 2014 | The Frontier Post

      Can be free?

      is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure for but it can be prevented by effective vaccines. And of course it can be eliminated through immunization program.


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      March 27, 2014 | Wall Street Journal

      How India Put an End to

      It took three decades to be able to do so and it certainly wasn't easy. But, from Thursday, India can boast of being -free. A new case of the crippling and, at times, deadly disease has not been recorded in the country for three consecutive years.


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      March 18, 2014 | Daily Times

      President for better civilian-military coordination in fight

      Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has reiterated unwavering commitment of the present government to protect the children from and eventually eradicating the crippling disease from all parts of the country and said that the government has declared a health emergency.


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      March 11, 2014 | Dunya News

      Saira Afzal says the government has declared a health emergency.

      ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated strongest commitment of his government to protect the children from and eventually eradicating this disease from the country. He said it is matter of grave concern that there is a possibility of travel restrictions being imposed on is since virus from has been found linked to cases in other countries.


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      March 11, 2014 | Associate Press

      striving for -free goal : Diplomat tells health leaders

      WASHINGTON, March 11 (APP): is striving to eliminate from the country as a national priority that includes immunization drive as well as coordinated efforts to dispel myths associated with vaccination, Deputy Chief of the Mission at the i embassy in Washington DC, Dr. Asad Majeed Khan said. Speaking at an event organized by the United Nations Foundation, Dr. Khan said that despite facing security challenges in tribal areas, misperceptions about the anti- vaccine and daily movement of people across Pak-Afghan border, Islamabad is effectively pursuing its National Emergency Action Plan to eradicate .


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      March 08, 2014 | Daily Times

      Japan gives Rs 400m for in

      ISLAMABAD: The Government of Japan and UNICEF will boost up the global eradication effort in one of the last strongholds of virus in the world.


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      March 06, 2014 | Nation

      's last stand on the Afghan- border

      Trundling across the Afghan-i border in a handcart, Shayma dismisses militant threats and conspiracy theories about vaccinators while her four children receive drops that could finally eradicate the crippling disease.


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      March 05, 2014 | The News

      becomes a global risk

      KARACHI: Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed that recent cases of in China and Syria have been traced to . Moreover environment samples of the virus found in Israel are also thought to have origins in .


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      February 23, 2014 | News

      551,000 Peshawar children vaccinated in six hours

      PESHAWAR: With the help of 5,777 policemen on the ground, complete ban on motorbike riding and strict security measures across the provincial capital, the innovative six-hour immunisation campaign against and nine other childhood diseases called 'Sehat Ka Insaf' reached a milestone as another 551,000 children were vaccinated against myelitis during the fourth round on Saturday.


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      February 13, 2014 | News

      National cold chain inventory database launched

      A national cold chain inventory database system was launched here Wednesday, clearing the path for establishment of accurate baseline of the existing cold chain equipment, affecting improvements in vaccine management, and enabling generation of a multiyear forecast of equipment needs to meet future requirements.


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      February 15, 2014 | Dawn

      Parents to receive invitations for vaccinating children

      PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department will launch a campaign from Sunday (tomorrow) to scale up awareness among parents of the significance of immunisation against nine vaccine-preventable childhood ailments.


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      February 10, 2014 | Daily Times

      Jirga opens doors for vaccinators in

      Mianwali: "Glowing faces, bright complexion, a traditional cap and most of them wearing identical shalwar qameez; Afghan children look so similar that it is difficult to count them in cluster", jokes team member Raees Gul as he vaccinates an Afghan child in a small compound in one of the biggest Afghan refugee camps in Chandana Union Council, Mianwali.


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      February 08, 2014 | Today

      A welcome anti- initiative

      Islamabad has been -free city since September 2008 as per World Health Organization reports. According to Radio , six officers of ICT are deputed for supervising each campaign in the federal capital.


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      February 07, 2014 | Daily Time

      A welcome anti- initiative

      Finally, despite all odds, things seem to be looking up for anti- initiatives in . It seems the latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which minced no words in declaring Peshawar the world's largest reservoir of the virus strain, has woken up the government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the real and inherent danger of ignoring the threat of spread of the disease.


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      February 06, 2014 | The News

      vows to eradicate in 2014

      UNITED NATIONS: Despite the security challenges, Ambassador Masood Khan has told a United Nations panel that , under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, hopes to eradicate in 2014.


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      February 06, 2014 | Express Tribune

      endemic: to fight threat of travel ban

      ISLAMABAD: The government has sought the assistance of the Imam-e-Kaaba in order to address misconceptions about the vaccine.


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      February 01, 2014 | The Nation

      : A true story

      Prof Tariq Iqbal Bhutta - With around 40 years of experience in the field of Pediatrics and Public Health heading different medical institutions in the country, I feel it is my responsibility to provide a true perspective to the anti- effort that has saved millions of children from falling prey to permanent irreversible disability.


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      January 31, 2014 | Carbonated

      One Of The Most Dangerous Jobs In Is What You Would Least Expect

      Working to eliminate and preventing it from crippling young children does not sound like a job that would meet much opposition, let alone be life threatening. But in , militant resistance to mass vaccination campaigns has claimed the lives of dozens of healthcare workers in the past two years – many of them women.


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      January 29, 2014 | Business Recorder

      Govt to formulate new anti- strategy: NA told

      ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that the government was formulating a new strategy to address the issue of in FATA.


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      January 26, 2014 | Aljazeera

      struggling with campaign

      Recent attacks on vaccination teams has undermined the country's efforts to rid itself of the disease.


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      January 26, 2014 | Pak Tribune

      Free : A Dream Unlikely To Come True

      Bill Gates, founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that the dream of a free by 2018 cannot be fulfilled. The main reason is the incidents of terror across the country. He said that killing workers is unjust and unfair. He was responding to the killings of three workers in Karachi on 21st of January, 2014. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a major supporter of Global Initiative (GPEI).


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      January 17, 2014 | Times of India

      's Peshawar world's 'largest reservoir' of : WHO

      ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization on Friday declared 's troubled northwestern city of Peshawar as the world's "largest reservoir" of and called for urgent action to boost vaccination.


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      January 16, 2014 | The News

      wishes to learn from India's victory against

      Islamabad: Congratulating India on achieving the milestone of being -free for three consecutive years, has expressed the desire to benefit from the experience of its eastern neighbour to fight out the vaccine-preventable disease.


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      January 12, 2014 | Tribune

      Health threat: Grand jirga eyes anti- strategy

      PESHAWAR: Dozens of tribal elders attended a grand jirga convened on Saturday by President Mamnoon Hussain in a bid to drum up broader support for vaccination in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).


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      January 07, 2014 | Nation

      Up against

      PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah, paid a surprise visit to Civil Hospital as well as the Government Elementary College for Teachers Training at Jamrud in Khyber Agency on Monday morning.


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      January 06, 2014| Tribune

      Vaccination: CM forms team to monitor campaign

      LAHORE: A joint monitoring team comprising senior Health Department officers, representatives of the WHO, the UNICEF and the GATES Foundation has been formed to monitor a special anti- campaign from 8 to 11 January in Toba Tek Singh and Shorkot.


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      January 03, 2014 | Tribune

      Now or never: Governor reaffirms importance of -eradication

      PESHAWAR: In a bid to reinforce the fight against , Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan on Thursday said families of workers slain while performing their duty will be compensated with Rs1 million each.


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      January 02, 2014 | DAWN

      Officials think possible in 2014

      PESHAWAR: The government can eradicate in the country in year 2014 if it tackles political and management issues that have marred immunisation efforts in the areas where children remained unvaccinated last year, according to officials.


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      December 24, 2013 | The News

      Govt striving for -free : Mamnoon

      ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said Monday that was a top priority for the government and concerted efforts and innovative steps in collaboration with all the stakeholders were being taken at all levels to make a free country.


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      December 22, 2013 | Dawn

      : the national cost

      THIS year, has recorded at least 77 cases compared to 58 in 2012. 's rising count is not only problematic for the state but also poses a tremendous threat to the international community.


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      December 19, 2013 | Dawn

      Imran Khan assails 'those who attack workers'

      PESHAWAR: Avoiding an open condemnation of Taliban militants yet again, i cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Wednesday assailed "those who are attacking workers" and demanded an immediate end to the attacks.


    • December 17, 2013 | Dawn

      Imran picks up gauntlet

      After entering politics, though, Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan has worked assiduously at building up an image as a politician focusing on political issues. Since his party swept to victory in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the May elections, perhaps the single most prominent issue on his agenda has been drone attacks.


    • December 16, 2013 | The News


      Even as militants continue actions against vaccination teams, more and more problems stem from 's inability to contain the disease.


    • December 15, 2013 | NPR

      They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash In 2013

      As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind numbers, ranging from zero to 1 trillion.


    • December 12, 2013 | Central Asia Online

      is welcome fatwa for vaccination

      Darul Uloom Haqqania's fatwa favouring vaccinations will inhibit the spread of and reduce attacks on vaccination workers.


    • December 11, 2013 | The News

      Clerics asked to facilitate drive

      NOWSHERA: Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Mardan Range, Police Mohammad Saeed Wazir Tuesdayurged the religious scholars to raise awareness in public about anti- campaign in the area.


    • December 08, 2013 | Nation

      on prowl

      MULTAN - "I was paralysed for life by when I was a minor. But the trauma has further strengthened my resolve to save other children from the crippling disease", says Najeebullah Khan who is a Social Mobiliser with Communication Network, at an awareness session organised on Saturday for Pashtuns in Union Council Panj Faiz, Multan.


    • December 06, 2013 | Tribune

      raises fear of travel curbs

      KARACHI: With 73 cases of virus surfacing this year, travellers to and from are expected to face restrictions and guidelines by the international community from January 2014.


    • December 02, 2013 | Tribune

      In the line of duty: Taking a bullet for

      PESHAWAR: "Don't worry about anything," he said. "Just call me, I will tell Billu [younger brother Bilal] to bring everything your family needs in your absence." This was the last gesture of help I recall from Zakir Khan Afridi, a member of the special police force who was killed on Canal Road Friday by assailants for protecting anti- vaccinators. We lived in the same neighbourhood and he never shied away from lending a helping hand.


    • November 28, 2013 | Daily Times

      Robust efforts against , dengue ordered

      RAWALPINDI: The officials of various government departments have been directed by Rawalpindi Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry to make the dengue and campaign result-oriented.


    • November 26, 2013 | The News

      Stop! For vaccination and road safety education

      The next time you see a traffic policeman or a student police volunteer signalling you to stop when you are sure you haven't violated any road safety regulation, don't be aghast! The Islamabad Traffic Police has added a new dimension to its motto 'Pride in Service' by entering into a partnership with the initiative.


    • November 19, 2013 | Nation

      Bajaur battling now

      BAJAUR AGENCY - A three-day anti drive has been launched in Bajaur Agency on Monday in which 223,680 children would be vaccinated for infection across the region.


    • November 7, 2013 | Today

      Time to bid farewell to

      ISLAMABAD - is among the top priorities of the government in health sector.This was said by President Mamnoon Hussain while talking to Dr Robert S Scott from Rotary International at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.


    • November 5, 2013 | Dawn

      Sindh will be -free by 2014, says CM

      KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has expressed his optimism about making Sindh a -free province by 2014.


    • October 25, 2013 | Tribune

      Govt promises to stem surging cases

      PESHAWAR: As two more cases were reported from the tribal areas, the governor said the government has taken up the challenge to protect every child from the crippling disease.


    • October 24, 2013 | Tribune

      World Day 2013: Stop the outbreak, in the name of our children

      On a number of occasions, I have argued is on the verge of eradicating but that failure to do so would have serious global consequences. There is no need for me to repeat these arguments. Having said this, on World Day 2013, I will not shy away from re-emphasizing some salient truths about the current and urgent dangers that poses to our children.


    • October 20, 2013 | Tribune

      Baldia Town, Karachi: free since 2011

      KARACHI: cases in Baldia Town have decreased substantially in the last few years. A team advocating for vaccination has increased awareness in families of the benefits of vaccination increasing their willingness to accept drops for their children.


    • October 14, 2013 | The News

      Defining two drops

      Since December 2012, i authorities have stopped announcing dates for the national anti- vaccination drives. Instead, these regular exercises are now being carried in a hush-hush manner at the district level to prevent any attacks – on volunteers administrating drops to children aged five years and below – by Al-Qaeda-inspired local Taliban militants and other extremist groups.


    • October 02, 2013 | Tribune

      Combating : Parents urged to immunise children

      RAWALPINDI: A five-day drive to administer drops to children under five years of age kicked off in Rawalpindi district on Monday. During the campaign, more than 695,000 children are being given drops. Around 1,365 teams have been engaged to make door-to-door visits in all tehsils and union councils of the district.


    • September 28, 2013 | Tribune

      Crippling disease: K-P governor vows to combat

      PESHAWAR: K-P Governor Engineer Shaukatullah has expressed concern over continuous emergence of cases in different parts of the country. He emphasised more efficient and strenuous efforts to reach each and every child and vaccinate them against .


    • September 25, 2013 | BRecorder

      PM lauds Bill Gates' support on in

      ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the continued interest and support of Bill Gates, co-chair and founder of Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation for in .


    • September 21, 2013 | The News

      Govt committed to making -free: PM

      ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that it was his earnest desire to make a country where no parents see their child crippled by .


    • September 16, 2013 | Tribune

      : Provinces endorse three-year plan

      ISLAMABAD: The proposed three-year emergency plan for is all set to be presented in the next Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting for approval.


    • September 13, 2013 | The Nation

      Nomads educated about immunisation

      MULTAN/RAHIM YAR KHAN - Heaps of garbage, children in rags, tattered shanties, plastic bags, foul smell and a pond of stagnant water turned green due to thick layer of algae – welcome to a nomadic neighbourhood in Peer Punj Faiz – a high risk union council in Multan.


    • September 08, 2013 | Today

      Brace yourself for outbreak: health secy tells provincial health bodies

      Federal Health Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari has issued a warning to the provincial ministries that their people were facing the risk of exposure to the virus and has directed them to reactivate their control teams to curb the menace before it gets out of control.


    • July 22, 2013 | The Nation

      Provinces asked to ensure 100pc coverage

      ISLAMABAD - The authorities concerned of the provinces have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during every immunisation drive. According to an official of the Programme, the provinces have also been directed to reach every child to protect him from the crippling disease.


    • August 29, 2013 |

      Childhood diseases in KP: Area-specific campaigns to promote vaccinations

      PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department is devising a comprehensive strategy under which information would be provided to people in local languages to increase awareness of benefits of vaccines and protect children against nine childhood diseases, including .


    • August 20, 2013 | The News

      'Ulema' assure support to anti- campaign

      The District Health Department held a workshop here on Monday for improving its performance in the forthcoming anti- campaign being launched next week.


    • August 16, 2013 | Tribune

      Protecting the children's protectors

      Another tragic attack recently left a policeman accompanying health workers dead in Pishin, Balochistan. It was the 22nd health worker or police guard killed while delivering vaccines this year. Yet, it barely made headlines.


    • August 16, 2013 |

      IDB releases $32m for

      ISLAMABAD, Aug 15: The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has released the first tranche of $32.6 million to the World Health Organisation to support the programme in .


    • August 15, 2013 | Business Day

      down by 40% in Nigeria, Afghanistan and

      When the Global Initiative was launched in 1988, the virus was circulating in 125 countries, paralysing or killing 1,000 people a day. Today cases have been reduced by 99 percent with only 223 cases reported worldwide in 2012. Only three countries have never stopped the transmission of the wild virus– , Afghanistan and Nigeria.


    • August 08, 2013 |

      Plan for -free world by 2018

      ISLAMABAD: With an overarching framework for vulnerable areas, a comprehensive and long-term strategy has been developed to ensure a -free world by 2018.


    • August 04, 2013 | BBC

      Meet Paulo Machado, the man who has lived in hospital for 45 years

      Paulo Henrique Machado has lived almost his entire life in hospital. As a baby he suffered infantile paralysis brought on by , and he is still hooked up to an artificial respirator 24 hours a day. But despite this, he has trained as a computer animator and is now creating a television series about his life.


    • August 03, 2013 | BRecorder

      Nadra launches smart identity cards for children

      The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) is set to start issuing chip-based Smart National Identity Cards for children of under eighteen. According to a press release, the smart cards for children, having more value added services, are being issued after the successful launch of Chip-Based Smart National Identity Cards (SNIC) for the adult population of the country. The Child Registration Certificate (CRC) would remain valid and Nadra would continue issuing the same as per current registration policy.


    • August 01, 2013 | Tribune

      Fighting : Provinces urged to run awareness drives

      ISLAMABAD: The provinces have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti- drops to their children during every national drive. According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunisation, district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunisation drives. He said they have been asked to ensure 100 per cent coverage during the national anti- drives to vaccinate all children to protect them from the crippling disease.


    • July 30, 2013 |

      Mutated virus heightens worries

      ISLAMABAD, July 29: A rare and dangerous strain of a mutated virus has reappeared in to the dread of the long-time -free world.


    • July 20, 2013 | Today

      Imran assures Gates of anti- support

      ISLAMABAD - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Friday held a 25-minute teleconference with Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and sought his support for the anti- campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where Khan's party is in power.


    • July 18, 2013 | Tribune

      ' emergency' crippling K-P

      ISLAMABAD: There is a ' emergency' in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), as more than three-quarters of cases in 2013 are linked to central K-P, especially Peshawar. The provincial capital has the highest rate of virus detection in sewerage water


    • July 16, 2013 | The News

      in Peshawar

      That the provincial capital of Peshawar has been hit by its first case in six years does not unfortunately come as a surprise at all. This is the fifth case of discovered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year, with another 12 found in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).


    • July 14, 2013 | Today

      KP govt to ensure 100 percent vaccination of children

      PESHAWAR - Keeping in view the increasing cases of in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and its adjoining tribal areas and threats to the lives of health workers, the provincial government is initiating a plan for ensuring 100 per cent vaccination of children and offering protection to vaccinators.


    • July 14, 2013 | BRecorder

      Saudi Arabia issues health criteria for Hajj pilgrims

      As a precautionary measure against an upper respiratory viral disease that has claimed 38 lives in the Kingdom‚ the Saudi Ministry of Health has laid down health criteria for those coming for Umrah and Hajj this season.


    • July 10, 2013 | The Nation

      Provinces asked to run awareness drives effectively

      Islamabad: The provinces have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti- drops to their children during every national drive. According to an official of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the set strategy.


    • July 02, 2013 | The Nation

      Govt committed to -free , Nawaz tells Gates

      ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday assured full support and cooperation of his government to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight to banish from . The Prime Minister while speaking to Bill Gates, who phoned him, said his government was committed to a -free as this crippling disease would not be allowed to play havoc with the future of children.


    • June 30, 2013 | Tribune

      War on : 10,200 teams to march against this July

      KARACHI: With renewed vigour and determination, nearly 10,200 teams of vaccinators will resume their campaign against the crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease across the province on July 2 and July 3.


    • June 29, 2013 | The Nation

      Zero-tolerance to negligence

      Experience in oversight, monitoring and accountability for will be replicated to strengthen routine immunisation for children in , Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said this while addressing a high level meeting to review the situation in . "There will be zero-tolerance for negligence and lethargy in performing duties," expressed the minister while addressing the participants.


    • June 27, 2013 | The News

      programme infrastructure to be used to strengthen routine immunisation

      The infrastructure of the programme will be utilized for strengthening of routine immunization in , minister of state for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar informed participants of a high-level meeting convened Wednesday to review the country's progress in the fight against .


    • June 25, 2013 | The Diplomat

      : Losing The War Against

      Attacks on health workers following the bin Laden raid are hampering efforts to eradicate the disease.


    • June 20, 2013 |

      scare: Saudi demand spurs action

      ISLAMABAD : Federal health officials met here on Thursday to plan the big task of vaccinating against each one of the estimated 156,000 pilgrims going to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj this year.


    • June 18, 2013 | Observer

      Scholars regret persistence of virus in country

      Karachi: Religious scholars and ulema of the country have expressed their dismay over the persistence of virus in certain parts of the country. They were equally concerned about sub-optimal quality of the campaigns in these areas coupled with political, cultural, social as well as security related obstacles in this regard.


    • June 17, 2013 | The Nation

      PM condemns killing of vaccinators in Swabi

      ISLAMABAD: Terming the attack cowardly and inhumane, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the killing of two volunteers of a team in Swabi, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.


    • June 11, 2013 | Frontier Post

      President vow to eradicate

      ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that remains a high national priority and the programme has complete ownership of all political parties. He was talking Repre­sentative of the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Waqar Ajmal in Islamabad Tuesday.


    • June 11, 2013 | Tribune

      Bill Gates offers help to Nawaz-led govt

      ISLAMABAD: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Tuesday offered support to the new government of in the health sector, aiming to extend financial and technical assistance.


    • June 07, 2013 | Friday Times

      and paranoia

      Only three countries in the world still suffer from outbreaks - , Afghanistan and Nigeria. All the other countries have managed to eradicate this disease after concentrated anti- campaigns.


    • June 5, 2013 | The Nation

      Saving children: Conquering , one family at a time

      Karachi: The beautiful, arched building of Baldia Town's largest seminary, the Jamia Suffah, is serene and stolid; its white and rose-coloured hues form animated shadows against the bright sky. Inside, past the marble-tiled courtyard, sits religious scholar Mufti Mohammad Zubair, in an office lined with books.


    • May 29, 2013 | The Nation

      Govt is committed to free : Khoso

      "Condemning the killing of a worker in Peshawar and attacks on teams in the strongest possible words‚ Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has said that those responsible for the attacks cannot weaken the resolve of the government and people of to banish from the country."


    • May 21, 2013 | Bolan Voice

      UNICEF awards prizes among journalists for fight against

      "Unicef awarded journalist with their certificates and cash prizes regarding their utmost services against the virus in Balochistan.

      UNICEF in collaboration with director general of public relation (DPR) government of Balochistan organized best photo feature column and video report contest s to submit their pieces of work with the panel comprising health experts, UNICEF and DPR officials.


    • May 17, 2013 |

      A stopover for a cause: fight against

      "These drops will keep me healthy," said one of the girls on the cart, when asked about the vaccine.Though vaccination of nomadic children has been a challenge for health officials, widespread awareness of the crippling disease has turned these families towards vaccination in Lahore.


    • May 01, 2013 | SA Global Affairs


      It was a crisp morning. The Area Incharge had asked workers to report to Gulshan Bunir (Karachi) to conduct the anti- drive. With security threats at an all-time high, it was imperative to make sure that workers were home early. That morning, Madeeha woke up slightly late and skipped breakfast.


    • April 24, 2013 | The Nation

      Bringing a social change

      Go away and don't come back", a Pathan working in his godown of animal fodder in Lahore, the second biggest city of , yells at the anti- team."I will not allow you to go upstairs and why do you keep on coming back even when we have vaccinated our children against several times?" he rages.


    • April 22, 2013 | The Guardian

      Our collective effort to eradicate is close to success

      The battle against is an extraordinary example of what can be achieved when we work together. This terrible disease, as my generation knows well, once cast a shadow over childhood across the world. Before the development of an effective vaccine nearly 60 years ago, it paralysed and killed up to half a million people every year.


    • April 17, 2013 |

      almost free from type 3 virus: WHO

      The last P3 case was reported on April 18, 2012 when the onset of the crippling disease had paralysed a 12-year-old girl Iqra of Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency, an official familiar with the case told Dawn.According to WHO policy, a country was declared 'endemic free' in case of a one-year gap in the emergence of virus case.


    • April 09, 2013 | The Nation

      Anti- fight to continue

      Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has asked the departments concerned to continue anti- campaign in the province as well as motive the parents to protect the future of their children by getting drops administered to them. " is a dangerous disease and might result in permanent disability,


    • April 09, 2013 | The News

      Punjab CM for focusing on suburbs in anti- drive

      He said , being a dangerous disease, might result in permanent disability, therefore, the Punjab government was vigorously pursuing anti- campaign. He said there was a need to create awareness among the people regarding anti- campaign.Sethi was presiding over a meeting to review the anti- campaign at Chief Minister's Secretariat on Monday.


    • April 09, 2013 |

      campaign & community participation

      It also looks at how important this network remains as India struggles to remain -free in a world where the virus continues to circulate and 27 million Indian children are born each year.The SMNet's goal was to improve access and reduce family and community resistance to vaccination. The partners trained thousands of mobilisers from high-risk communities to visit households,


  • April 02, 2013 |

    : need for strict preventive steps

    virus can be transmitted through contaminated food and water or through direct contact with someone infected with the virus. is more common in infant and young children. virus enters the body through the mouth which ultimately invades the CNS, resulting in paralysis.


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