Friday, October 24, 2014

Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF

NEW YORK, 23 October
 – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio.  The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.

Some 10 million people today would otherwise have been paralysed, while an additional 1.5 million lives have been saved through the routine administration of Vitamin A during polio vaccination drives.

The annual number of polio cases has fallen from 350,000 in 1988, to 416 in 2013, and 243 so far this year – an extraordinary drop of more than 99 percent.  All but three countries where polio was firmly entrenched – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan – have eliminated the virus within their borders. And multiple outbreaks have been contained over the past 26 years.

“In 1988 polio was a leading cause of childhood disability,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “In country after country since then, a generation of children has grown up without the spectre of polio.”

“The success of the eradication effort – reaching some of the most disadvantaged communities in some of the most dangerous circumstances – proves that it is possible to reach all children,” Lake added. “Our most ambitious and audacious goals for children can be met. And if they can be, they must be.”

Nigeria has had only 6 cases this year, down from 49 in 2013. Afghanistan has reduced transmission to very low levels, with most cases linked to Pakistan.  With 206 cases already reported this year, Pakistan is now the world’s largest remaining reservoir of polio.

While polio remains endemic in only three countries, it continues to pose a risk to children everywhere, especially in countries which have not made routine immunization a priority, like South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ukraine. Outbreaks in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia can be traced to Pakistan and Nigeria.

UNICEF procures 1.7 billion doses of oral polio vaccine to reach 500 million children every year. And UNICEF’s social mobilisation work helps persuade families to accept the vaccine when it reaches them.  Intensive efforts over the past decade have seen acceptance of the polio vaccine at their highest levels ever in countries where polio remains endemic.

“The world has never been closer to this once-in-a-generation opportunity of eradicating polio for good,” Lake said. “Every child deserves to live in a polio-free world.”


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

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Gross Mismanagement, CORRUPTION & Loot In Power Sector

– Green Power at 50% Tariff Goal
October24, 2014
Honorable Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modi
Government of India
New Delhi – 110011
Impact in Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, & Himachal & U’khand
Respected Sir,
India has one WORST Power sector in the world when India like Norway
or France could have Green Power – Indian Power Sector is 1. Most
Inefficient for two Units Consumed One is Wasted in T&D, 2. Most
Polluting highest GHG emission intensity, 3. Most Un-realizable Power
Cuts are Regular at Any Time 4. 50% Indians Without Power and 5. India
pay Twice More for substandard service.
Haryana & Maharashtra defeats were mainly due to Power Cuts that
impacted economy also. Rajasthan lost though added 26%capacity but 6%
growth in  generation. Himachal & Uttarkhand defeats were due to
Bungling in Hydro Power and Punjab was retained because of Highest Per
Capita Power Supply & Performance in India. [Chart Next Page 2 of 5]
Green Clean & Low Cost Power shall IMPACT in 2019 Elections Also.
India’s real problems are TECHNICAL not so much societal or political
this WIPO awarded inventor had been writing this to PMO since 1975 on
Power, Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture,
Manufacturing, Technologies, IT and Projects. 90% of the economic
success of Developed countries came from TECHNOLOGY alone Business
Ethics and Honesty contributed rest. Example -
PMO Reference – No Multi-purpose Dam On Upper Yamuna Basin
Since 1954 Agreement – 10 BCM/Yr Of Upper Yamuna Water Lost to Sea
No. UYRB/Tech-8/2012/1054-55 Signed by Rahul Varshnay
The States of North India are facing WATER CRISIS, TERRORISM also, due
to failure to develop Multi-Purpose Dams in Himalayas.
GOI need Top Experts to Head Each Department & Expertise Within PMO
for Progress of India – but there is not single suitable for the job
for over 20 years.
Thank you,
Ravinder Singh,
Inventor & Consultant
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