Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

January 3, 2013 | News covering the UN and the worldSign up  |  E-Mail this  |  Donate

Could polio soon meet the same end as smallpox?

Despite the recent murders of 16 health workers associated with anti-polio efforts in Pakistan, eradication of the disease appears "tantalizingly close," writes Jeffrey Kluger. "Just 25 years ago, polio was endemic to 125 countries and would paralyze or kill up to 350,000 people -- the overwhelming majority of them children -- each year. Now the disease has been run to ground in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, and in 2012, it struck only 215 people worldwide," Kluger writes. (1/3), (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Ban Ki-moon & envoy voice sorrow & offer aid in wake of deadly stampede in Cote d'Ivoire"


"The US Food and Drug Administration has now given fast track approval to the drug to treat MDR-TB. MDR-TB is among the most frightening diseases on the planet -- and can be very, very expensive to treat."

UN Dispatch

United Nation
  • Other News
Health and Development
  • Malaria resistance in Asia stokes fears for Africa
    In Thailand, growing resistance to the most effective treatment for malaria could portend "a global 'nightmare' in which millions of people could lose their lives," writes Ian Williams. Resistance was first detected along the Thailand-Cambodia border. "We have to beat this resistance, win this race and eliminate the parasite before it's too late. That's our challenge now," said Dr. Francois Nosten of the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit at Thailand's Mahidol University. NBC News/World News blog (1/1), (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UNICEF spotlights "underreported" news stories from 2012
    UNICEF Canada has released a list of the top 10 "underreported child survival stories" from 2012, including gains in drowning prevention in Asia and treatment of meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. "Generally, we tend to focus on politics and on the political movings and shakings of the world. But the reality is: these are the stories of the majority of the people of the world," said Meg French, director of international programs at UNICEF Canada. (Canada) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Women and Girls
  • Other News
Climate and Energy
  • Would "Green Gold" earn enough for miners?
    Activists in Colombia are leading a drive for more responsible small-scale gold mining, which typically uses mercury and pollutes the landscape. The "Green Gold" practice uses leaves from balsa trees instead of mercury; it takes longer, but preserves the environment without presenting health risks. PRI's The World (Boston) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Peacekeeping and Security
  • Nigerians at risk amid guerrilla war
    Nigerians living in the northeastern town of Maiduguri say they are "trapped in between the Boko Haram and the security forces," according to activist Hauwa Yerima. The actions of government forces are putting at risk local support, says Muhammad Abdullahi, provincial director of religious affairs. The Washington Post (12/30), Reuters (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Senior Grassroots Officer, Nothing But NetsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Researcher on RussiaHuman Rights WatchMoscow, Russia
Global Health Advocacy Manager, Better World CampaignUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Special Events Associate, NY OfficeUnited Nations FoundationNew York, NY
Associate, Online Communications, UN Foundation Special InitiativesUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Senior Campaign Officer, Nothing But NetsUnited Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Officer, Online Communications, Better World CampaignUnited Nations Foundation.Washington, DC
Consultant: Regional Market Consultant, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (3 openings)United Nations FoundationWashington, DC
Click here to view more job listings.

 Get more involved:
Follow the UN Foundation on Twitter

UN Resources
Key Sites
UN Radio News ServiceEcotourism key to eradicating poverty and protecting the environment
UN Radio

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format | Web version | Search past news | Archive | Privacy policy

Advertise With Us
Amy DiElsi
Director for UN Foundation Communications
United Nations Foundation
1800 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(D) 202-419-3230
(C) 202-492-3078
(F) 202-887-9021
UN Wire is a free service sponsored by the United Nations Foundation which is dedicated to supporting the United Nations' efforts to address the most pressing humanitarian, socioeconomic and environmental challenges facing the world today.

Job Board:  Jackie Basso (202) 407-7871
 Recent UN Wire Issues:   Lead Editor:  James daSilva
Contributing Editor:  Bryon MacWilliams
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2013 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information