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Polio News - October 2014

This October, we celebrated World Polio Day, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) released its 2013 Annual Report and the GPEI’s Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) released its 10th assessment of the state of the polio eradication effort.
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Polio News - September 2014

In September, several significant polio events took place in Asia, Africa and the United States. Nepal became the first Gavi-eligible country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine into its routine immunization programme, a crucial step towards global eradication. In west and central Africa, nearly 94 million children were immunised in coordinated campaigns across 18 countries.
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RotaFlash: Record attendance at the 11th International Rotavirus Symposium in New Delhi, India

New journal supplement highlights burden of rotavirus in India and progress of national rotavirus vaccine development
Earlier this month, from September 3-5, 2014, over 650 delegates from 54 countries around the world joined international experts in New Delhi, India for the Eleventh International Rotavirus Symposium.
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RotaFlash: Rotavirus technical experts meet to prioritize intussusception research agenda

WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety recommends further use of ROTAVAC®
On July 23 and 24, the ROTA Council, along with core partners the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (IVAC), PATH, the Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), convened a group of experts at PATH’s office in Washington, DC for the “Rotavirus Vaccination & Intussusception Workshop: Science, Surveillance & Safety” (pictured above).
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Poliomyelitis Eradication and End Game

Polio is the common and abbreviated name of poliomyelitis derived from the Greek polios, "gray," and muelos, "marrow," meaning "inflammation of the gray matter of the spinal cord."
The earliest cases of polio predates recorded history. An Egyptian stone carving, between 1580-1350 B.C. depicts a young man with a deformity of his limb which might have been caused by polio (1).
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The Permissibility of Rotavirus Vaccines – A Personal Perspective

Poor sanitation, insufficient water treatment systems, lack of access to appropriate medical care and lack of life-saving vaccines lead to an estimated 800,000 diarrheal deaths in children under five and millions more hospitalizations every year. While many pathogens can cause diarrhea, rotavirus (RV) is the leading cause of severe and fatal diarrhea in infants and young children.
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Cairo Declaration for Polio Eradication Federation of Islamic Medical Associations (FIMA)

We, the Federation of Islamic Medication Associations;
Recalling the Resolution of the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the Third Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in October 2011 calling for high-level support for polio eradication; and, the Resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2012, declaring the completion of polio eradication a programmatic emergency for global public health;
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The Permissibility of Using Rotavirus Vaccines – Lessons from Oral Poliovirus Vaccines

Pneumonia and diarrheal disease are the two top killers of children. United Nations International Cultural and Educational Foundation (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) reports that these two diseases kill more than 2 million children each year. They make up 29% of childhood deaths under the age of 5 worldwide (1).
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