The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Polio and Why It's on the Rise

Friday, May 09, 2014

This week, for the first time ever, the World Health Organization declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that undermine the nearly 30-year effort to eradicate disease.

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The Takeaway

Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Worsens

Friday, November 01, 2013

The destruction of chemical weapons may be a victory for the international community, but the health of the Syrian people continues to decline for many in the war-torn country. United Nations officials have confirmed an outbreak of polio among children in Syria, a disease with frightening potential to spread. Furthermore, access to food and medicine in besieged areas is reported to have dropped significantly in recent weeks. With The Takeaway for an update on the humanitarian crisis in the country is Rima Kamal, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Damascus.


The Takeaway

After Killings, U.N. Stops Vaccine Work in Pakistan

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Following the murders of two additional vaccine workers in Pakistan, the United Nations has announced that they will suspend the program. Declan Walsh has been following the story for The New York Times.