Nigeria Marks Polio-Free Year; WHO To Confirm Status, Remove Country From Endemic List

Bloomberg Business: Nigeria Marks Gates-Backed Polio Feat as Survivors Neglected
“For the first time, Nigeria is set to eradicate polio as it marks one year with no new cases after billions of dollars spent by a global campaign backed by Bill and Melinda Gates and the United Nations…” (Ibukun, 7/23).

Houston Chronicle: Rotary clubs played major part in Nigeria’s polio-free milestone
“…Rotary’s decades-long campaign to defeat polio consists … of a massive international infrastructure that can raise money and take immunization campaigns to the farthest corners of the earth. Since taking on the polio challenge in the 1980s, Rotary has raised more than $1.3 billion to eradicate polio and contributed countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries…” (Hawryluk, 7/23).

Reuters: Nigeria marks polio-free year, raising global eradication hopes
“…It means the country could come off the list of countries where polio is endemic in a few weeks, once the World Health Organization (WHO) can confirm that the last few samples taken from people in previously affected areas are free of the virus. This achievement turns up the pressure on Pakistan, where most of the few polio cases in the world remain, to follow suit…” (Kelland, 7/23).

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