First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria

Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children in eastern Syria.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

If the cases are confirmed, they’d be the first ones in the war-torn nation in more than a decade. The country eliminated polio in 1999.

Syria used to have one of the highest polio vaccination rates in the region. If the virus has returned, it would be a high-profile example of the ramifications of the collapse of Syria’s once-vaunted public health system.

See on www.wbur.org

Disaster Curriculum Initiative of the European Union

The DITAC Curriculum will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents. The project is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

DITAC stands for “Disaster Training curriculum”and proposes to develop a holistic Training Curriculum for first responders and strategic crisis managers dealing with international crises. The DITAC Curriculum will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents.

See on www.ditac.info