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Making a Difference: August Is an Important Time for Protecting Our Children

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Today, even though we have this information as well as how they are transmitted, there is still the likelihood of a widespread epidemic occurring if steps are not taken to protect our families and communities. Vaccination is one of these steps and by doing so you just might become a hero yourself.

Aid Worker as Spy: The Cost of a Fake Vaccination Campaign

Ali Hayat | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Ali Hayat

The Government of Pakistan has started to take a much tougher stance towards some of the international non-governmental organizations and their staff, thus seriously undermining their ability to reach out to the most vulnerable in a timely manner.

Every 20 Seconds, A Child Dies

Amanda Peet | Posted 08.28.2012 | Impact
Amanda Peet

Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease. Yet, I'm convinced that if moms in the U.S. banded together, if we told all of our friends and brought this issue to our representatives in Congress, we could be on the right side of history.

A Look Back at How Far We've Come

Douglas A. Staples | Posted 08.08.2012 | Impact
Douglas A. Staples

While most of the country is familiar with the name March of Dimes, few know the full scope of what this remarkable, uniquely American institution organization has done and is doing to create a healthier future for our children and our grandchildren.

The Strange Story of Pakistan's Shakil Afridi: From Surgeon to Spy to Militant Sympathizer

Michael Kugelman | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Michael Kugelman

Washington and Islamabad have each staked out such narrow positions and clung to them so stubbornly that neither can regard the Afridi affair with the wider lens it requires. The strange story of Dr. Afridi is a sad commentary on the troubled bilateral relationship.

Did The CIA Ruin Our Chance To Eradicate Polio?

Foreign Policy | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

Last week, a Pakistani doctor was sentenced by his government to three decades in prison for actions that helped the United States kill Osama bin Lade...

Disability-Related Housing Complaints Soar

AOL Real Estate | Teke Wiggin | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact

AOL Real Estate: Eleanor Smith vividly recalls the first time she experienced housing discrimination. Then in her 30s, Smith and a friend had be...

Good Things Come in Different-Sized Packages

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Decisions around vaccine container size and type -- whether single-dose vial, multi-dose container or pre-filled syringe -- have important implications for a variety of stakeholders.

My Dad Cheated Death, and Others Can Too

Alanna Levine, M.D., F.A.A.P. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Impact
Alanna Levine, M.D., F.A.A.P.

World Immunization Week is a call to action but for me, as a pediatrician and a mom, it also serves as a reminder of how lucky we, as Americans, are to have access to critical preventative vaccines.

First Steps Toward the Last Mile in Nigeria

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.13.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Likewise, as one of only three remaining countries in the world with endemic polio transmission, they have recently ramped up efforts to eradicate polio from the country, and thereby, help rid it from the entire world.

The Wrong Policy Prescription for Pakistan's Vaccine Program

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
Dr. Orin Levine

Just because legislating immunization coverage works in the United States doesn't mean it will work in Pakistan. The main reason is that the drivers of under-vaccination in Pakistan and the United States are fundamentally different.

Few Celebrating MDG Success in Water

Ned Breslin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Access means that there is a tap nearby that people could use. Functionality means that water actually flows from that tap. Far too often the tap does not produce water, so it is therefore not effective at what the Millennium Development Goal is really trying to do -- eradicate water poverty.

India No Longer On Polio List

Posted 04.28.2012 | World

NEW DELHI -- India marked a major success in its battle against polio Saturday by being removed from the World Health Organization's list of countries...

Bill Gates: The Global Fund is "One of the Most Effective Ways We Invest Our Money"

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

We know we can end AIDS. It was a pretty good year and an absolutely astounding decade.

Polio Eradication Within Reach as India Takes Giant Step Forward

Timothy E. Wirth | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Timothy E. Wirth

This week the world celebrates a major milestone in the global fight against polio. On January 13, India will mark one year in which no child was paralyzed by polio -- for the first time in history.

India Marks a Milestone for Child Health

Bill Gates | Posted 03.10.2012 | Impact
Bill Gates

In 2009, India had more polio cases than any other country in the world. But much has changed since then, and this Friday will mark a full year since the last case of wild poliovirus was detected in India.

The One-Legged "Yogini"

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

You would think that, as an Iyengar-style yoga teacher of three (mere) years' standing, I might at least notice if a one-legged yogini (female yoga student) "walked" into my classroom. Reader, I did not notice.

A Call To Action In Advance Of World Polio Day

Bill Gates | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

World Polio Day is simultaneously a celebration and a call to action. It's a celebration because in the past 20 years, polio cases are down 99 percent. But it's also a call to action because we haven't done enough yet.

Staff Benda Bilili: A Triple Win

Wyatt Closs | Posted 11.12.2011 | Los Angeles
Wyatt Closs

With a mix of regular and self-made instruments, some have compared them as the next big world music thing since the Buena Vista Social Club.

Making a Difference: August Is Immunization Awareness Month

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 10.03.2011 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

With children and adults going back to school in the fall, many schools require immunizations to be up to date in order to enroll. The purpose of Immunization Awareness Month is to promote the benefits of immunization.

More Than a Goal: End Polio

Bill Gates | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Stopping the fight now is simply not an option. If we don't do the really hard work to eradicate polio now, the disease will come back with a vengeance. Polio anywhere is a threat everywhere.

Adapting to a New World of Invisible Toxins

William Spear | Posted 06.24.2011 | Healthy Living
William Spear

It's a whole new ballgame, folks. Nearly every community in the modern world is facing an invisible enemy. Constant exposures to toxic loads in our en...

My 2011 Annual Letter

Bill Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

This year I am making the case against cutting foreign aid for the poorest, even in the current budget environment. Whether you think it's an issue of morality or enlightened self-interest, aid spending is uniquely effective spending.

Rotary International Names Dynamic New General Secretary

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas, and they couldn't have a more capable general secretary than John Hewko.

4 Percent of Us Consume 50 Percent of All Health Care

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Our humanity, if not our common sense, tells us that something is wrong when 4 percent of the world's population consumes half of the world's health care.