polio

Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis.

Polio eradication a UN priority, says Guterres in Pakistan visit

In one of the last bastions of polio on the planet, millions of children are being given a fighting chance against the paralyzing and potentially fatal disease. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Syria, polio, DR Congo, Sudan updates, and, the art of stealing

Tuesday’s top stories include: A “daily nightmare” in Syria’s Idlib; polio remains an international health emergency; Guterres extends condolences as Australia bushfires continue; measles in DR Congo; clashes in Darfur displace thousands; and a celebration of stolen art.

Spread of polio still an international public health concern

The spread of polio internationally remains a global public health concern, experts meeting in Geneva have concluded. 

News in Brief 23 December 2019

  • Quality immunization, surveillance help stop polio in three African countries: WHO
  • UN concerned for over three million in Idleb
  • Much work needed to target racism in Ecuador: UN experts
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Quality immunization and surveillance help stop polio outbreaks in three African countries: WHO

Three African countries have halted recent polio outbreaks which indicates that the disease can be stopped elsewhere in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. 

Thursday's Daily Brief: Syria latest, tech needs threaten life-saving weather forecasts, #UN75 birthday conversation begins, polio virus nears eradication

A recap of Thurday's main stories: Wireless technology could block life-saving weather forecasts; UN gears up for 75th birthday dialogue; polio close to eradication; UN steps up northeast Syria aid; "unique opportunity" for end to Sudan-South Sudan border disputes.

News in Brief 24 October 2019

  • "Historic" eradication of wild poliovirus strain
  • UN agencies and partners step up support to north-east Syria
  • Weather experts call for protection of life-saving radio frequencies

 

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Frank Sinatra and Edward G. Robinson join the UN fight against polio and malaria

They were two of the 20th Century’s biggest stars of stage and screen, and when it came to the World Health Organization’s campaign to tackle two of the biggest killers of the post-war era, they answered the call.

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Eradication of polio 'once and for all' within reach – UN health agency

Despite progress towards global eradication of polio, sustained commitment is needed to overcome the final hurdle and stamp out the disease once and for all, the United Nations health agency said today, the World Polio Day.