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2013-05-08 08:29:51

U.S. is top contributor to eradication campaign that is 99% complete WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Rotary International will recognize five members of Congress as Polio Eradication Champions for their efforts to eliminate polio. The event, which will take place at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., honors U.S. leaders who have played a key role in the fight to eradicate the disease. The 2013 honorees are Senator Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Senator...

2013-04-25 04:21:13

-- Pledges announced will enable over a billion children to be vaccinated ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, at the Global Vaccine Summit, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) presented a comprehensive six-year plan, the first plan to eradicate all types of polio disease - both wild poliovirus and vaccine-derived cases - simultaneously. Global leaders and individual philanthropists signaled their confidence in the plan by pledging...

2013-04-23 00:20:57

Global Leaders Unite to Give All Children a Healthy Start to Life ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 300 global leaders, health and development experts, vaccinators, celebrities, philanthropists, and business leaders will gather tomorrow in Abu Dhabi in the first Global Vaccine Summit to endorse the critical role that vaccines and immunization play in giving children a healthy start to life. Despite tremendous progress, one child still dies...

2013-03-06 20:22:17

Global leaders unite to reaffirm commitment to end polio and improve child health ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and in partnership with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, it was announced today that...

2012-11-28 08:30:44

NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jeffrey Modell Foundation (JMF), a global non-profit organization dedicated to early diagnosis, proper treatment, and public awareness of genetic immune deficiency diseases, known as Primary Immunodeficiencies (PI), today announced a working collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to achieve a common goal to end polio worldwide. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2012-11-14 11:21:43

But researchers, reporting at ASTMH annual meeting, also cite barriers to complete elimination from a surge of cases in Nigeria to intensifying vaccine refusals in Pakistan Polio cases worldwide reached historic lows in 2012, and for the first time there were no new outbreaks beyond countries already harboring the disease, leaving researchers confident that a massive and re-energized international campaign to eradicate polio is on a path to success, according to presentations today at the...

2012-08-15 06:29:02

Ahead of the UN General Assembly, Evanston-based humanitarian group holds strategy session with members from around the world including Pakistan and Nigeria EVANSTON, Ill., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rotary International aims to send a clear message to the United Nations (UN) General Assembly convening in September in New York: the world's governments must act swiftly and decisively if the crippling childhood disease polio is to finally be eradicated. To that end,...

2012-07-05 00:20:50

New, more effective vaccines are struggling to have an impact in the drive to eradicate polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan because not enough children are being vaccinated, according to a study published in the Lancet medical journal today. Sharp declines in vaccine uptake led to a rise in the number of new infections between 2006 and 2011, even though new vaccines introduced during this time have proven to be more effective against the main circulating strain of the virus. Poliovirus...

2012-06-28 06:28:58

NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Poverty Project announced today that the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation has donated $650,000 to further its $100 Million Global Action Campaign. Mr. Redstone, the Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, donated $1.5 million to the Global Poverty Project in 2011, bringing his total giving to $2.1 million in support of the organization's vision of a world without extreme poverty. "I am proud to further my support of...

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...