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Lessons Learned From Nigeria’s Polio Eradication Efforts Can Help Other Nations Eliminate Ebola

The Lancet: Lessons from polio to Ebola
Editorial Board

“…[T]o conclusively achieve the goal [of disease elimination] it is crucial to confront and overcome people’s fears and build their trust. Furthermore, improvements in public health and infrastructure are probably more important than novel interventions themselves. … Polio eradication in Nigeria is a clear example of how leadership, persistence, and innovation can help to stop the spread of a virus. Sharing experiences and knowledge through the health systems has proved to be the key in bringing Ebola virus under control. Culturally tailored solutions aiming to improve communication and local trust to combat misplaced beliefs and fear will be necessary to finally end both polio and the present Ebola outbreak” (August 2015).

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