Bill Gates hopeful of more aid from China

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses with Bill Gates on the steps of the Lodge in Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

The world’s richest man Bill Gates on Tuesday urged China to become a bigger player in foreign development following its success in lifting millions of its own people out of poverty.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:28pm

Pakistan policeman killed in new anti-polio attack

People carry the body of a police officer into an ambulance in Mardan. Pakistan, on Tuesday. Photo: AP

A Pakistani policeman was shot dead on Tuesday while protecting a polio vaccination team, police said, bringing the death toll in such attacks to 20 since December.

No one has claimed responsibility for the killings. But the umbrella Taliban faction last year banned polio vaccinations in the tribal region of Waziristan, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage.

26 Feb 2013 - 9:00pm

Briefs, February 24, 2013

Hasier Arraiz (front), the head of the new Basque party. Photo: AP

Six underground tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in the US state of Washington are leaking radioactive waste, but there is no immediate risk to public health, Governor Jay Inslee said.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:25am

Pakistan resumes polio vaccines under tight security

Pakistani security officials escort the heath workers as they administer Polio vaccination to children in Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Pakistan is providing paramilitary and police support to polio vaccinations being resumed discreetly in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers, officials said on Friday.

4 Jan 2013 - 5:18pm

One million Pakistani children miss out on polio vaccination

A Pakistani boy receives his polio vaccination. Photo: AP

Almost one million Pakistani children were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended this week, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western "conspiracy".

19 Oct 2012 - 3:19am

Polio fight stays despite all-clear

The local polio immunisation programme, in place since 1963, will continue until at least 2005, when the virus is targeted to be eradicated worldwide, Hong Kong's top expert on the disease said.

A landmark meeting in Kyoto, Japan, on October 29 declared Hong Kong and the mainland, together with 35 countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region, polio-free.

20 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Spread Christmas cheer

DURING this time of sharing and caring, spare a thought - and some of your pocket money - for the children in China who are suffering from polio.

A special concert to raise funds to help fight polio in China will be held at the Aberdeen Stadium next Saturday. The money you pay for your ticket will be used to help vaccinate mainland children against the disease.

24 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Polio contribution omitted

KARIN Bishop ought to be congratulated for her fine article 'World without polio'(South China Morning Post, April 7).

It was, however, unfortunate to find no reference to the work done by Rotary International in the article.

In 1985, Rotary started a simple but ambitious programme called Polio Plus.

2 May 1995 - 12:00am

World without polio

IN 1988 the World Health Assembly decided to eradicate the poliomyelitis virus worldwide by the year 2000. The director general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Hiroshi Nakajima described the plan as 'a fitting gift from the health workers of this century to the children of the next'.

At the time, the number of polio cases recorded for the year was 35,255.

7 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Composers CASH in

THE Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) must have expected its $30,000 royalty demand for Leon Lai's United Nations Children's Fund benefit concert would be controversial. A group with the insensitivity to charge charities for its services is an easy target for public outrage.

4 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Walking into the tragedy of polio

SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jian Song hid behind his mother and cried when journalists swarmed into his village house 40 kilometres from Guiyang, capital of one of the poorest provinces in China.

Local medical officials accompanying the journalists asked the boy to walk to show how he had improved from poliomyelitis, which attacked him more than three years ago.

8 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Rotary cash for WHO

A RECENT article (South China Morning Post December 2) described the efforts of the Chinese Government to eradicate polio in China by 1995, using funds from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

7 Dec 1993 - 12:00am