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    February ,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 Polio 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 polio workers, knocks at a door in the dusty Afghan refugee camp...

     


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    February 2, 2017 | Arabian Business

    WHO hails UAE's efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan

    The UAE's efforts to help eradicate polio in Pakistan "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 10, 2017 | Daily Times

    CM vows to make Sindh polio-free

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

     

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    January 03, 2017 |The News

    Polio 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 polio vaccine safe for children.In a statement, he said: “I consider polio 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 polio in Pakistan

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

     

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    24 October 2016 |The Nation

    Pakistan close to defeat polio: Ayesha

    Islamabad - In observance of the World Polio Day, Pakistan’s polio eradication 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 polio 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 poliovirus in his childhood and still unable to walk...

     



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    September 27, 2016 |Dawn

    Governor orders accelerated efforts to end polio in Fata

    PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has directed accelerated efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis 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 Pakistan to help improve polio campaigns

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

     



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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 poliovirus....

     

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    13 July 2016 |Gulf News

    UAE delivers 116m units of polio vaccine in Pakistan over 3 years

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

     

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    10 June 2016 |Global Health

    Pakistan may have turned a historic corner in the battle against polio

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

     

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    01 June 2016 |Foreign Policy

    Pakistan's Quiet Revolution Against Polio

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

     

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    20 May 2016 |Dawn

    Japan approves $59m loan for polio eradication

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

     


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    10 May 2016 |New York Times

    Outsmarting Polio

    While a global campaign to vaccinate every child on the globe has reduced incidence of polio 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 polio vaccination regime, the injectable polio vaccine, has proved a fillip to the initiative. The globally synchronised switch from the trivalent polio vaccine to the bivalent polio 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 pakistan polio free:jhagra

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

     


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    21 March 2016 |Dawn

    Good neighbours ease fears in country's polio 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 polio in Pakistan by the end of the year: confused and frightened parents.

     

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    16 March 2016 |Dawn

    Japan to provide funds for 16m polio doses

    ISLAMABAD: Japan will extend financial assistance to Pakistan for procurement of 16 million doses of oral polio 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-polio drive

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

       

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      16 February 2016|The News

      Only collective efforts can eliminate polio from Pakistan

      Karachi Inaugurating a three-day polio 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 polio 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 polio and became the fourth province in the country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV).

       

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    01 February 2016 | Tribune

    Shot in the arm: $338m earmarked for fighting polio

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

     




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    12 December 2015

    Ulema Workshop- Peshawar 12 December, 2015

    Rotary's Polio Ulema Committee Chair Haji Muhammed Hanif Tayyab, National Chair, Pakistan Polio Plus Committee Aziz Memon, District Governor (3272) Sajid

     




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        26 October 2015 |The Nation

        Efforts on to immunise every child against polio: Ayesha

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

         


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      27 September 2015 |Dawn

      Bill Gates lauds Pakistan's efforts to eradicate polio

      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 Pakistan's efforts to wipe out the crippling poliovirus from the country.

       

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      10 September 2015 |Tribune

      Pakistan, US to broaden health care cooperation

      ISLAMABAD: Pakistan 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 Polio Cases in a Year

      It has been one full year since polio 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 polio 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 polio history

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

       





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      20 March 2015 | CNN

      Crawling in a 'polio-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 polio killings

      IT is tragic that while polio 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

      Polio refusals plunge to all-time low of 0.15%

      Islamabad:Polio refusals in Pakistan 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: Pakistan requests for emergency TAG meeting

      ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to convene a meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) as soon as possible to discuss its polio eradication 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 polio surge

      KARACHI: Sindh has become the first province to have an emergency operation centre to deal with a surge in polio 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

      Polio awareness campaign launched

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

       

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      25 Nov 2014 | Dawn

      Govt launches polio drive in inaccessible tribal areas

      ISLAMABAD: Polio 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 polio virus from the country.

       


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      18 Oct 2014 |Dawn

      Rising polio cases may cause more travel restrictions

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

       


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      15 Oct 2014 | Dawn

      Pakistan heads towards highest number of polio 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 polio virus. The tribesmen on the other hand hold the government and Taliban equally responsible for the spread of polio virus in the region.

       

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      15 Oct 2014 | Dawn

      Govt to use all resources to make country polio-free

      QUETTA: The government is firm to making the country polio-free and will employ all efforts to eradicate the disease. Emergence of new polio 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 polio cases upsets CM

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

       



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      August 05, 2014 | Dawn

      469,110 IDPs vaccinated against polio 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 polio 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-polio immunisation

      PESHAWAR: The federal government has asked the provinces to ensure that people travelling abroad get immunised against polio 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 polio drive amid IDPs influx

      KARACHI: The Sindh government has received a letter from Islamabad asking for extensive polio 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 polio

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

       

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      July 12, 2014 | Nation

      Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight polio together

      Quetta- Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on a mechanism to improve coordination in the joint efforts to eradicate polio. The agreement was reached at a two-day regional cross border meeting on Polio Eradication 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

      Pakistan refugee crisis creates polio challenge

      BANNU, Pakistan – The rugged Pakistani region of North Waziristan emerged as a hotbed of polio infections after Taliban militants in the isolated area banned immunizations. Now the Pakistani 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 polio 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 polio, officials say.

       

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      June 17, 2014 | Pakistan Observer

      IDB boosts Pakistan's anti-polio 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 Pakistan in its drive to eliminate the deadly polio disease.

       


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      June 12, 2014 | Pakistan 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 19, 2014 | Dawn

      Polio 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 polio 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 polio one step at a time

      A few years ago, India accounted for half the world's cases of polio. 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 polio vaccines.

       

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      May 16, 2014 | The News

      Polio in Pakistan can be overcome in a year, says WHO

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

       

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      May 16, 2014 | The Express Tribune

      Stamping out polio: PM Nawaz orders inoculation of FATA children

      ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif turned the talking points on polio 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 Polio 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 polio virus from the province.

       

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      May 12, 2014 | DAWN

      Polio vaccine choices

      WHEN I think of the reaction of state and society over the polio-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. Pakistan Taliban Polio

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

       


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      April 22, 2014 | Dawn

      Data from SKI can be used for covering polio 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 polio vaccine and missed children.

       


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      April 21, 2014 | The News

      Govt tackling polio situation on priority basis

      Islamabad: The federal government is very much aware of polio 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 polio-sensitive

      RAWALPINDI: Along with countering dengue, the district government has to face another challenge of containing spread of polio virus after Rawalpindi was declared polio-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 Pakistan be polio free?

      Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure for polio 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 Polio

      It took three decades to be able to do so and it certainly wasn't easy. But, from Thursday, India can boast of being polio-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 polio fight

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

       

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      March 11, 2014 | Dunya News

      Saira Afzal says the government has declared polio eradication a health emergency.

      ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated strongest commitment of his government to protect the children from polio 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 Pakistanis since virus from Pakistan has been found linked to polio cases in other countries.

       

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      March 11, 2014 | Associate Press Pakistan

      Pakistan striving for polio-free goal : Diplomat tells health leaders

      WASHINGTON, March 11 (APP): Pakistan is striving to eliminate polio 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 Pakistani 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-polio vaccine and daily movement of people across Pak-Afghan border, Islamabad is effectively pursuing its National Emergency Action Plan to eradicate polio.

       


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      March 06, 2014 | Nation

      Polio's last stand on the Afghan-Pakistan border

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

       

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      March 05, 2014 | The News

      Polio in Pakistan becomes a global risk

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

       


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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 polio and nine other childhood diseases called 'Sehat Ka Insaf' reached a milestone as another 551,000 children were vaccinated against poliomyelitis 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 polio vaccinators in Pakistan

      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 polio 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 | Pakistan Today

      A welcome anti-polio initiative

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

       

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      February 07, 2014 | Daily Time

      A welcome anti-polio initiative

      Finally, despite all odds, things seem to be looking up for anti-polio initiatives in Pakistan. 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 polio 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

      Pakistan vows to eradicate polio in 2014

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

       


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      February 01, 2014 | The Nation

      Polio eradication: 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-Polio 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 Pakistan Is What You Would Least Expect

      Working to eliminate polio 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 Pakistan, militant resistance to polio 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-polio 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 polio in FATA.

       


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      January 26, 2014 | Pak Tribune

      Polio Free Pakistan: A Dream Unlikely To Come True

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

       

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      January 17, 2014 | Times of India

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

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

       

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      January 16, 2014 | The News

      Pakistan wishes to learn from India's victory against polio

      Islamabad: Congratulating India on achieving the milestone of being polio-free for three consecutive years, Pakistan 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-polio 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 polio vaccination in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

       

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      January 07, 2014 | Nation

      Up against polio

      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 polio 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-polio campaign from 8 to 11 January in Toba Tek Singh and Shorkot.

       


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      January 02, 2014 | DAWN

      Officials think polio eradication possible in 2014

      PESHAWAR: The government can eradicate polio 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 polio-free Pakistan: Mamnoon

      ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain said Monday that polio eradication 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 Pakistan a polio free country.

       


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      December 22, 2013 | Dawn

      Polio: the national cost

      THIS year, Pakistan has recorded at least 77 polio cases compared to 58 in 2012. Pakistan's rising polio 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 polio workers'

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

       


    • December 17, 2013 | Dawn

      Imran picks up polio gauntlet

      After entering politics, though, Pakistan 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

      Polio barrier

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

       

    • December 15, 2013 | NPR

      They Shot For Zero, But Couldn't Squash Polio 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 11, 2013 | The News

      Clerics asked to facilitate polio drive

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

       


    • December 08, 2013 | Nation

      Polio on prowl

      MULTAN - "I was paralysed for life by polio 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

      Polio raises fear of travel curbs

      KARACHI: With 73 cases of poliovirus surfacing this year, travellers to and from Pakistan 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 polio

      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-polio 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 polio, dengue ordered

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

       

    • November 26, 2013 | The News

      Stop! For polio 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 polio eradication initiative.

       

    • November 19, 2013 | Nation

      Bajaur battling polio now

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

       

    • November 7, 2013 | Pakistan Today

      Time to bid farewell to Polio

      ISLAMABAD - Polio eradication 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.

       



    • October 25, 2013 | Tribune

      Govt promises to stem surging polio cases

      PESHAWAR: As two more polio 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 Polio Day 2013: Stop the outbreak, in the name of our children

      On a number of occasions, I have argued Pakistan is on the verge of eradicating polio 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 Polio Day 2013, I will not shy away from re-emphasizing some salient truths about the current and urgent dangers that polio poses to our children.

       

    • October 20, 2013 | Tribune

      Baldia Town, Karachi: Polio free since 2011

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

       

    • October 14, 2013 | The News

      Defining two drops

      Since December 2012, Pakistani authorities have stopped announcing dates for the national anti-polio 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 polio drops to children aged five years and below – by Al-Qaeda-inspired local Taliban militants and other extremist groups.

       


    • October 02, 2013 | Tribune

      Combating polio: Parents urged to immunise children

      RAWALPINDI: A five-day drive to administer polio 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 polio drops. Around 1,365 polio 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 polio

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

       


    • September 21, 2013 | The News

      Govt committed to making Pakistan polio-free: PM

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

       

    • September 16, 2013 | Tribune

      Polio eradication: Provinces endorse three-year plan

      ISLAMABAD: The proposed three-year emergency plan for polio eradication 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 polio high risk union council in Multan.

       


    • September 08, 2013 | Pakistan Today

      Brace yourself for polio 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 polio virus and has directed them to reactivate their polio control teams to curb the menace before it gets out of control.

       


    • July 22, 2013 | The Nation

      Provinces asked to ensure 100pc polio coverage

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

       

    • August 29, 2013 | Dawn.com

      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 polio.

       

    • August 20, 2013 | The News

      'Ulema' assure support to anti-polio campaign

      The District Health Department held a workshop here on Monday for improving its performance in the forthcoming anti-polio 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 | Dawn.com

      IDB releases $32m for polio eradication

      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 polio eradication programme in Pakistan.

       

    • August 15, 2013 | Business Day

      Polio down by 40% in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan

      When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988, the poliovirus was circulating in 125 countries, paralysing or killing 1,000 people a day. Today polio 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 poliovirus– Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

       

    • August 08, 2013 | Dawn.com

      Plan for polio-free world by 2018

      ISLAMABAD: With an overarching framework for vulnerable areas, a comprehensive and long-term strategy has been developed to ensure a polio-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 polio, 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 Polio: Provinces urged to run awareness drives

      ISLAMABAD: The provinces have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio 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-polio drives to vaccinate all children to protect them from the crippling disease.

       

    • July 30, 2013 | Dawn.com

      Mutated virus heightens polio worries

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

       

    • July 20, 2013 | Pakistan Today

      Imran assures Gates of anti-polio support

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

       

    • July 18, 2013 | Tribune

      'Polio emergency' crippling K-P

      ISLAMABAD: There is a 'polio 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 poliovirus detection in sewerage water

       

    • July 16, 2013 | The News

      Polio in Peshawar

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

       

    • July 14, 2013 | Pakistan Today

      KP govt to ensure 100 percent polio vaccination of children

      PESHAWAR - Keeping in view the increasing cases of polio 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 polio 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 polio awareness drives effectively

      Islamabad: The provinces have been asked to effectively run awareness campaigns to educate parents to administer anti-polio 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 polio-free Pakistan, 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 polio from Pakistan. The Prime Minister while speaking to Bill Gates, who phoned him, said his government was committed to a polio-free Pakistan as this crippling disease would not be allowed to play havoc with the future of children.

       

    • June 30, 2013 | Tribune

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

      KARACHI: With renewed vigour and determination, nearly 10,200 teams of polio 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 polio eradication will be replicated to strengthen routine immunisation for children in Pakistan, Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said this while addressing a high level meeting to review the polio situation in Pakistan. "There will be zero-tolerance for negligence and lethargy in performing duties," expressed the minister while addressing the participants.

       

    • June 27, 2013 | The News

      Polio programme infrastructure to be used to strengthen routine immunisation

      The infrastructure of the polio eradication programme will be utilized for strengthening of routine immunization in Pakistan, 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 polio.

       


    • June 20, 2013 | Dawn.com

      Polio scare: Saudi demand spurs action

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

       

    • June 18, 2013 | Pakistan Observer

      Scholars regret persistence of polio virus in country

      Karachi: Religious scholars and ulema of the country have expressed their dismay over the persistence of polio virus in certain parts of the country. They were equally concerned about sub-optimal quality of the polio 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 polio 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 polio team in Swabi, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

       

    • June 11, 2013 | Frontier Post

      President vow to eradicate polio

      ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that polio eradication 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 Pakistan in the health sector, aiming to extend financial and technical assistance.

       

    • June 07, 2013 | Friday Times

      Polio and paranoia

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

       

    • June 5, 2013 | The Nation

      Saving children: Conquering polio, 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 polio free Pakistan: Khoso

      "Condemning the killing of a polio worker in Peshawar and attacks on polio 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 Pakistan to banish polio from the country."

       

    • May 21, 2013 | Bolan Voice

      UNICEF awards prizes among journalists for fight against polio

      "Unicef awarded journalist with their certificates and cash prizes regarding their utmost services against the polio 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 | Dawn.com

      A stopover for a cause: fight against polio

      "These drops will keep me healthy," said one of the girls on the cart, when asked about the vaccine.Though polio 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

      Battling Polio

      It was a crisp morning. The Area Incharge had asked polio workers to report to Gulshan Bunir (Karachi) to conduct the anti-polio 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 Pakistan, yells at the anti-polio 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 polio several times?" he rages.

       

    • April 22, 2013 | The Guardian

      Our collective effort to eradicate polio is close to success

      The battle against polio 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 | Dawn.com

      Pakistan almost free from type 3 poliovirus: 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 poliovirus case.

       

    • April 09, 2013 | The Nation

      Anti-polio fight to continue

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

       

    • April 09, 2013 | The News

      Punjab CM for focusing on suburbs in anti-polio drive

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

       

    • April 09, 2013 | DAWN.com

      Polio campaign & community participation

      It also looks at how important this network remains as India struggles to remain polio-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 | DAWN.com

    Polio: need for strict preventive steps

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