Funding, political support critical for polio eradication

first_img Read Full Story The 24-year international campaign to eradicate polio is “within striking distance of its goal,” but could become undone if obstacles to vaccination stall further progress, Jay A. Winsten, associate dean for health communication and Frank Stanton director for the Center for Health Communication, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on July 24, 2012. Emily Serazin, a principal in the Washington, D.C. office of the Boston Consulting Group, was co-author.The World Health Organization this year removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries, a victory that involved 2.4 million volunteers administering vaccines to nearly 172 million children. Only three endemic countries remain — Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.Threats to the eradication effort include lack of political support and violence in some countries, and a $945 million campaign funding shortfall that has resulted in reduced vaccinations in some nations, including central and western Africa. “This leaves millions of young children at risk from infected individuals who may travel from endemic countries,” Winsten and Serazin wrote. “Since only 1% of the infected develop symptoms, these silent carriers pose a real danger. High vaccination rates in these countries are a must to prevent a resurgence of the disease.”last_img read more

Pellegrini targets league title

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is focused on bringing a second Barclays Premier League title to the club – and believes his side will come out on top in the battle with Manchester United. Press Association He said: “I know the last two years were not very good in the Champions League and I will try to improve that. That’s not the only thing, though, and I will try to get another Premier League title. “When Manchester City won the league it was one of the most important things for the club and we will try to repeat it. “But we don’t have priority for one competition and we will try to do our best in all of them.” Meanwhile, City goalkeeper Richard Wright has signed a new one-year deal. Wright, 35, joined City as a free agent last summer and served as back-up to Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon without making a first-team appearance. Wright, who has two England caps, began his career as a highly-rated teenager with Ipswich in 1995 and also counts Arsenal, Everton and West Ham among his former clubs. center_img The Chilean was speaking to the English media for the first time before City’s trip to South Africa for the first leg of a pre-season tour alongside midfielder Fernandinho – recently recruited from Shakhtar Donetsk. The former Malaga boss recognised the desire for a strong season in Europe, following two disappointing Champions League campaigns under predecessor Roberto Mancini, but he stressed a quest to recover the league title from champions United would not be sidelined. last_img read more