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2012-05-24 02:27:34

New cases at lowest levels ever, but funding gap threatens progress GENEVA, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and immunization gaps has driven the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to launch an Emergency Action Plan. The plan aims to boost vaccination coverage in Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio endemic countries, to levels needed to...

2012-01-17 17:30:00

Gates Foundation announces an additional $50 million to end polio SAN DIEGO, Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite a stagnant global economy, Rotary clubs around the world have succeeded in raising more than US$200 million in new funding for polio eradication. The fundraising milestone, announced today at Rotary's annual International Assembly in San Diego, was reached in response to a $355 million challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. All funds have...

2012-01-12 05:00:00

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone a full calendar year without recording a new case. If all ongoing testing for polio cases through Jan. 13 continues to yield negative results, India will be declared by the World Health Organization to have interrupted transmission of...

2011-11-30 11:04:27

Declaring the eradication of polio will be far more difficult than it was for smallpox, according to a review published in the Journal of General Virology. Further research into the complex virus - host interactions and how the vaccine is used in the final stages of the eradication program is crucial to its success. Poliomyelitis, also known as infantile paralysis, was one of the most feared diseases of the 1950s. By the mid 1970s, thanks to vaccination, the viral disease had been...

2011-10-24 12:57:00

EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of World Polio Day, Rotary clubs are ramping up their efforts to raise the funds and awareness needed to eradicate the crippling disease. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111024/DC92126) This year, significant progress has been made against polio. Polio cases worldwide decreased more than 40 percent during the first eight months of 2011, compared with the same period in 2010. In India, one of four...

2011-08-17 20:00:00

4.9 billion Japanese Yen (JPY) loan from JICA to support polio eradication in Pakistan through 2013 TOKYO, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ms. Sadako Ogata, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Mr. Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today announced a strategic partnership to ensure continued progress in the fight against polio. As the first step in this formal partnership, Ms. Ogata and Mr. Gates also announced an...

2011-08-04 08:48:00

Milestone marks progress and points to need for funding and political will to eradicate measles WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Measles Initiative today announced it has helped vaccinate one billion children in more than 60 developing countries since 2001, making significant gains in the global effort to stop measles. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110804/DC47447-a) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110804/DC47447-b) The child who received...

2011-01-17 00:00:41

Statement by Kofi Annan, United Nations Foundation Board Member, Calling on the WHO Executive Board to Set an Eradication Date for Measles There is no better time than now to eliminate measles once and for all. As a result of the hard work of country governments, WHO, UNICEF, NGOs and others, we have made tremendous progress in reducing measles mortality by nearly 80% worldwide. But we can't stop here; measles still infects 30 million children each year and kills 450 people every day....

2010-11-05 00:00:37

UCSF global health experts have outlined a new strategy and action plan to help countries eliminate malaria and bring the world closer to global eradication of the deadly disease. (Vocus) November 4, 2010 UCSF global health experts have outlined a new strategy and action plan to help countries eliminate malaria and bring the world closer to global eradication of the deadly disease. The three-part strategy includes aggressive control in the hardest hit areas, progressive elimination in...

2010-04-28 14:38:52

In an editorial in the May 2010 issue of the prestigious journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Tulane University malaria researchers urge action to eliminate malaria from Hispaniola, the last island in the Caribbean where the disease occurs regularly. On Hispaniola, home to the nations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, malaria is caused by a single mosquito-borne parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The authors say success in eliminating malaria from Hispaniola would demonstrate that it is...


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Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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