On July 24, 2015, Nigeria passed an important milestone marking an entire year without a single new wild poliovirus case. This is a remarkable achievement in the global effort to eradicate polio.
This week, we detailed in a report with cautious optimism that polio will be gone not only in Nigeria but in all of Africa.
Only a few years ago, Nigeria was Africa’s last outpost of polio and seemed to be losing the battle against the disease. In 2012, Nigeria recorded 122 cases — more than half of all cases worldwide.
With dedication and hard work from the Nigerian government and Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners such as Rotary International, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as tens of thousands of health workers, nearly every child in the country was vaccinated against polio.… Seguir leyendo »