Polio Case Confirmed in Jacobadad, Pakistan

Beyond Polio 11 Mar , 2016 0 Comments Blog

This week, health officials confirmed a new polio case in Jacobadad, a district in Sindh, Pakistan. This is the second polio case detected in the area this year– the other being in Karachi– bringing the total number of cases in Pakistan to six. Authorities say that, despite receiving the vaccine seven times, 18-month-old Noor Fatima […]

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Cabarrus Rotary Swims to Fight Polio

Beyond Polio 02 Mar , 2016 0 Comments Blog

Members of a Rotary Club in North Carolina are banding together to raise money for polio awareness by swimming laps as part of a fundraiser this weekend. The three-hour event, which will be held February 21 at the West Cabarrus YMCA pool in Concord, North Carolina, is part of Rotary International’s End Polio Now initiative, […]

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The World Is About to Activate an Audacious Plan to Wipe Out One of the Most Tragic Diseases in History

Beyond Polio 12 Feb , 2016 0 Comments Blog

Starting in April 2016, 155 countries around the world have agreed to switch from one polio vaccine to another in what is being called the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Currently these countries use the oral trivalent polio vaccine (OPV), which protects against three types of the virus, but they will be transitioning over to […]

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The Struggle to Eradicate Polio in Africa

Beyond Polio 10 Feb , 2016 0 Comments Blog

Earlier this month Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, traveled to Africa to meet with Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest man, alongside the governors of four of the continent’s northern states to discuss a new campaign that would help eradicate polio. Gates, along with many of Africa’s leaders, signed an MOU (Memorandum […]

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The Impact of Jonas Salk

Beyond Polio 05 Feb , 2016 0 Comments Blog

On October 22, 2015, Kevin Kimberlin, chairman of Spencer Trask & Co., and Dr. Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, author of the biography, “Jonas Salk: A Life,” joined together to celebrate the work of the late Jonas Salk, a visionary who discovered and developed the first successful vaccination for polio. It was a filled theater of enthusiastic […]

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