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Have We Got The Vision to Eradicate Polio?

This BBC report on progress towards polio eradication makes depressing reading; and today we hear that polio cases in Yemen are increasing.

According to WHO spokesperson Oliver Rosenbauer:

[Eradicating Polio is] technically feasible, but there are a number of challenges to be overcome.

We are facing a funding gap of over $75m. That has to be met by July for immunisation campaigns to go ahead later in the year.

What's Next for the Millennium Challenge Account? Transcript and Photos Available

Since the launch of the MCA Monitor on May 3, several participants have contacted us to request the transcript. I'm happy to say that the transcript and photos are now available. Interestingly, we got the transcript faster than usual by sending the audio files to India where, we are told, the transcribing was done by women who work from home on their own schedule, accepting jobs as and when they wish.

GSK Vaccine Against HPV Proves More Effective

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GlaxoSmithKline said the new vaccine to protect against cervical cancer could offer wider resistance to the disease than previously thought, according to new data released yesterday. GSK say that the vaccine, called Cervarix, appeared to be effective against viruses causing 82% of cervical cancer cases following the latest trial among 700 women.

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