Effort on to eradicate Polio from Asia in 2005
The 16 year old private-public project aims to add Poliomyelitis to the list of childhood diseases which have been eliminated. The World Health Organization, Rotary International, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and UNICEF are leading the Initiative and coordinating a series of overlapping immunization campaigns in the region.
The three countries are the last in Asia to have endemic polio, and the disease is confined to a small number of regions within the country. Only 186 cases were reported in 2004, down from 336 the previous year.
- "South Asia slashes polio cases by nearly half" — , 4 FEBRUARY 2005
- "WHO: Asia on Track to Halt Polio Spread by Year-End" — , Fri Feb 4, 2005 2:40 PM GMT