Pakistan

1 Polio is a proxy for chaos

The polio virus, as it is frustratingly inclined to do, has rebounded again despite the ongoing, determined effort aimed at worldwide eradication. Like the game whack-a-mole, polio is popping up again in locations that we thought had gotten rid of it for good – like Israel or eastern Europe.

0 A renewed push to ban spies from overeas health and aid work

Is it foreign aid or covert aid?Flickr, johanoomen Co-authored by Tom Murphy The latest assassination of health workers vaccinating kids against polio in Pakistan may be the tipping point. Or not. It remains to be seen if a new surge of efforts — a letter of protest from leading public…

0 Polio spreading from Pakistan to China

This is a discouraging reminder that global health is truly global, especially when it comes to infectious disease. As NPR’s Joe Neel reports today, Pakistan’s failure to eliminate polio appears to have spilled over into China and threatens to spread even wider. Neel reports: The World Health Organization says the…

0 How the rush to help can thwart best intentions of foreign aid

Despite the best intentions, foreign aid often goes awry in countries overwhelmed by war. Jack Healy, writing in Monday’s New York Times, offered a vivid, and depressing, example of governments rushing in to help people without carefully weighing all of the issues, in his story of the small village of…

10 Three reasons why CIA faked vaccines may cause contagion of damage

New Action Thriller: From UNICEF with Love?Flickr, johanoomen Now that the CIA has acknowledged running a deceptive, if not totally fake, vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the effort months ago to hunt down Osama bin Laden, here are three reasons why this episode is prompting an angry response…

16 Did CIA undermine global health by faking vaccines in hunt for Bin Laden?

by hitthatswitch, Flickr One of the chronic problems the international community has with almost every disease-fighting campaign has been the need to overcome mistrust — mistrust of government, of foreign health workers or outsider do-gooders in general. This is, for a variety of reasons, especially true of vaccines. So many…