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Polio-Free South-East Asia Region: A Triumph That Transcends All Boundaries

In 2006, I was working for WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project in India where I was responsible for surveillance and immunization activities to facilitate polio eradication. On my way back to my office one day after examining a child suspected to have polio, I took the above photo as we were driving past the international border between India and Bangladesh. 2006 was the year when Bangladesh reported 18 cases of polio after not having a case since 2000. The outbreak came from across the border in India, which, had nearly 670 cases that year. This image of the setting sun that evening reminded me of the reality of infectious diseases and vulnerabilities of us, the people, and the countries. The sun setting on the Bangladesh sky had its reflection across the man-made barbed wire border, onto the Indian waters. The parallel was too evident to be missed: as long as polio remained on one side of the border, it could cross over and infect children on the other side.

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Meet Raya, the Newest Member of the Sesame Family

2.5 Billion people currently do not have access to safe toilets. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has been selected to join the 2014 “Reinvent The Toilet Fair: India” to showcase critical health messages as part of its Cleaner, Healthier, Happier campaign designed to reach children and families across Bangladesh, India and Nigeria.

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Debunking Sanitation Myths

Two big myths about sanitation are preventing us from solving a major health crisis.

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PODCAST: Inside the Gates Examines Innovation

The latest episode of our podcast explores the theme of innovation and the many ways it shapes the foundation's work.

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Can Changing Behavior Save Newborn Lives?

Why do millions of infants continue to die needlessly each year when tools are available to save them? Two approaches have emerged recently to saving newborn lives using behavior change in communities with high rates of newborn death.

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