U.S., Organization of the Islamic Conference Join Forces To Eradicate Polio

Posted by Erin McLinn
December 4, 2009
U.S.-OIC Forum on Joining Forces To Eradicate Polio

About the Author: Erin McLinn is a Public Affairs and Outreach Officer in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.

President Obama announced during his speech in Cairo on June 4th a new partnership between the United States and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to develop a global initiative to eradicate polio. Yesterday, the U.S. and OIC publicly launched their partnership by cosponsoring a panel discussion at UNICEF Headquarters in New York entitled “Joining Forces to Eradicate Polio” that brought together leaders in global health from around the world to look at the final steps needed to eradicate polio once and for all.

The panel discussion featured comments from the U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council to the United Nations Frederick Barton and OIC Ambassador Abdul Wahab. During his remarks, Ambassador Barton stressed the importance of working with partners, including the OIC and the UN family, to tackle the challenge of eradicating polio. He asked the global community to invest in mutual trust, place confidence in the solutions offered, and persist towards this common goal. Ambassador Wahab, on behalf of all OIC members and the OIC Secretariat, welcomed the partnership with the United States and called on polio-infected countries to expand polio vaccination coverage to all children under five years old. Ann Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, hosted the panel. Dr. William Foege of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation moderated, and Dr. Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization and James Lacy of Rotary International, participated in the panel.

Great progress has been made over the last generation toward the goal of a world without polio. In 1988, polio was endemic in more than 125 countries and paralyzed 350,000 children each year. Due to intensive disease surveillance and polio vaccination, there have been only 1424 new polio cases reported so far this year and only four countries (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan) that still suffer from endemic polio transmission.

The international community is closer now than ever before to eradicating polio worldwide. The U.S. and the OIC together with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) will work to revitalize international efforts to meet this challenge. Ridding the world of this disease is well within our reach.

For more information on the U.S. commitment to eradicating polio, as well as what you can do towards this noble goal, please visit www.polioeradication.org.



Jonathan Y.
California, USA
December 4, 2009

Jonathan Y. in California writes:

Me and my fellow colleagues are working towards the End Polio Now project of Rotary International. We are very enthusiastic about eradicating this disease once and for all.

Virginia, USA
December 4, 2009

Jack in Virginia writes:

Hmmmmm. This is actually a fascinating story and I want to hear more. President Obama often talks about "the new beginning" with the Arab world, but after the Cairo speech I know many Arabs across the Middle East were left wondering what happens next. This is a wonderful example of cooperation that the Department should ensure audiences across the region hear about.

Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and the Israeli-Palestinian question are the big issues that dominate headlines, but the fight to erradicate polio (and the US contribution to this fight) is just as important.

We (and, more importantly, THEY) need to hear more about this.



South Korea
December 27, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

For europe? (Unfairly in the tribe of infra, cherishes memory the embarkation person of the passenger boat which dies)

The economy of Europe holds is hard the thought which is personal is a situation where Islam which with worker low wages contributes during that time in economy becomes charge.

Mainly also Islam workers economy from their countries being difficult from northern part Africa, must thank in Europe which solves, Northern part Africa will not be the method where the economic development which Europe leads recovers in former times and talks to peel there is a quiet.

Recently the specific nation does the duty of the buffer zone about Europe and the Middle East area and hardens binding together which is internal.Is like that but invests in the nation which has become terror and the fire tube, about the characteristic which rolls up a little picks up. Was pardoned the crime of past, the chart...

Will try to have an interest in like that Egypt?

Too the thought which is personal in the place which is official, is a charge. The individual thinks from alone and one case is not a contents which is special. Will be able to develop quality as a matter of sightseeing and an industry of Egypt simultaneously and the method which will secure the water resources (Israel?)If prepares, thinks also the investment possibly becomes about agriculture.

Has a low-end income and reappears and a many population possibility and the glory of past and the youths who are many. With eastern Europe when accelerates an industrialization differently, thinks the thing where the enormous production and consumption which have the buying power which is explosive market will happen. The industrialization goes through the phase and develops, Europe and the United States assist and (a produce market and the inflation of Europe in technical power of the altitude which Europe has a little they move from they make they suppress a low-end technique and an equipment and,
Work manpower of circumference country absorbs and that little by little to circumference electrolysis there is a possibility of doing the temporary bridge duty enough country, sees. And did to make sightseeing complex construct which will solve the craving which the Middle East nations is healthy, Egypt compared in the different Islam nations and thinks was opened plentifully. Territory and the low income where the single nation is wide the many population the condition which is having thinks that more bites. The population decreases and the litter is not same is not. In order also Europe getting away a crisis from the specific market is necessary, Also the oil-producing countries of the Middle East provide a preference to finance and thinks that they do there to be a place which provides the industrial product with the price which wraps nearly in the native people.Islam hangs and speaks a union. Anyhow about the water resources there must be development, that the technique of Israel is considerable, knows from this field. and also Capital power. The problem must solve.

The talk which anyone knows did long. Main point without.

When simply does, Egypt in middle of investment department runs a little about the Africa northern part area and thinks that. Geographic, from economy, politics and international relations. And, like textile industry and the industry of low-end density develops heavy chemical industry and consumer goods industry, sightseeing and agriculture simultaneously and from does to make the industrialization of northern part Africa lead, Closes the drought of this region and thinks making the new economic hub one method. Eastern Europe thinks the thing which will form the market of eastern Europe oneself. And, will hang and them wants that also the Middle East oil-producing countries close the improvement of civil consciousness of the citizens, provides and maintains and goes the direction the method which recovers, thinks.

The country which will invest thinks that is many. By the way who is guarantee(?)Does as a favor and if the interest which is continuous and has thinks a easier thing. About double dip worries, develops a new market and that until the time where when from actualization at the time of height provides an occupation to the people, we aim the energy which is already opened to the public the solution is possible sees.

South Korea
December 7, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Reading, does not know but is a contents which is joined together.

From the thought which is personal becomes insufficient plentifully. By the way, "If the individual and the enterprise recommends an interest expresses or?". if, exist...("Who" was to listen a speech and from the college students of Egypt which is wildly excited plentifully were impressive.)

Personally replacement of salt water by fresh water of cough and (the underground water continuously is depleted), the heavy chemical industry where the employment effect is big thinks the labor power of putting first and circumference country that the industrial development national one sightseeing and finance are compounded with the consumer goods industry which will "absorb" and this character is suitable. Consumer goods industry with circumference country after several years. Funds and technique from the outside.

yes, Thinks, a kind of buffer zone.

thank you.


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