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Joint Polio Efforts By Afghanistan, Pakistan Suggest Eradication Achievable ‘Very Soon’

Humanosphere: ‘All systems in place’ for Afghanistan to eradicate polio, says WHO
Joanne Lu, writer and editor at Humanosphere, discusses efforts to address polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the progress made and challenges ahead. Lu writes, “Afghanistan only had 13 recorded cases [of polio] last year, down from 20 the year before and 28 in 2014. Pakistan’s improvements are even more dramatic — from 306 cases in 2014, to 54 cases in 2015, and finally only 20 cases in 2016. … Afghanistan and Pakistan’s joint robust efforts suggest that global eradication could be achieved very soon” (2/8).

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