Hi and thanks for being part of this polio communication group - excellent to have you engaged.

I just thought that I would quickly share some recent knowledge uploaded onto the Polio Communication theme site at http://comminit.com/en/polio.html If you have any questions or comments concerning these please do log in at http://groups.comminit.com/node/304359 and "Submit a Group Post" (right margin)

Audio Slideshow: Coughs and Sneezes...

...narrates a collection of posters from past decades that show the ways governments and doctors have tried - using strategies ranging from fear to humour - to get health messages across to the public and to persuade them to take action. The public health campaigns from which these images are drawn cover issues such as practising safe sex, eating healthily, getting children to brush their teeth, immunising against polio, small pox, and measles, and wearing sunscreen.
http://comminit.com/en/node/323809

Kick Polio out of Africa (KPOA)

...awareness campaign was launched on February 23 2010 with a symbolic "kick off" of a soccer ball from South Africa and travelled through the 23 polio-affected countries in Africa, finally travelling to the June 2010 Rotary International (RI) Convention in Montreal, Canada.
http://comminit.com/en/node/323587/292

New Home New Life (NHNL) Radio Soap (Afghanistan)

...a radio soap opera created by the Afghan Educational Programme (AEP) of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust (WST)... now (weaves) polio eradication messages into the programme, broadcast thrice weekly, in an effort to reach people in conflict zones with information about immunisation.
http://comminit.com/en/node/303028/292

A Women-to-Women Communication Strategy for Polio Eradication

"In the face of social and cultural barriers which inhibit women from participating in social events or even appearing in public without a 'burqa', the programme successfully demonstrated synergy in mobilizing women to tackle the difficult task of ensuring 100% coverage of polio drops in polio endemic areas on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan."
http://comminit.com/en/node/323075/292

Please do also contribute to the present online poll (just uploaded)

"Floods, outbreaks, re-infectioned countries, and funding shortages vs. huge reductions in transmission in 2 endemic countries – will 2010 be remembered as a year of progress for polio?Floods, outbreaks, re-infectioned countries, and funding shortages vs. huge reductions in transmission in 2 endemic countries – will 2010 be remembered as a year of progress for polio?"

Vote and comment at http://comminit.com/en/node/323533/292

And please do suggest poll questions. We rotate these polls on a regular basis and are keen to share your questions for input by the network and community.

Finally, just a reminder if you have not checked this out for a while. The home page of The Polio Communication theme site at http://comminit.com/en/polio.html includes a news feature with recent, rolling news from thousands of different sources. These sources are scraped, aggregated and then presented. As we write this some of the news featured includes:

- Anti-Polio Drive Starts Today (The Nation)

- From Dushanbe to Dakar: Innovative Partnerships for Polio Eradication (News Blaze)

- 57 polio cases confirmed in Pakistan (India Environmental Portal)

- Huge bang for the buck (Dowagiac Daily News)

But these will change on a regular basis as new polio related news is scraped and aggregated. And you can look backwards at previous coverage.

Thanks - Warren