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article imageGlobal strategy to eradicate polio by 2018

By Tim Sandle     Apr 7, 2013 in Health
A new global plan from the World Health Organization aims eliminate polio by 2018, provided that world governments can contribute $5.5 billion.
The new plan by the World Health Organization (WHO) covers a number of areas, each aimed at eliminating polio as a global disease by 2018, according to CBS News. The plan, called Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018, includes:
Offering polio protection in every country,
Phasing out the long-used oral vaccine in favor of a pricier but safer shot version,
Offering greater protection for aid workers in areas where their lives are at risk.
The latter point relates to recent killings of vaccine workers in Pakistan and Nigeria.
Other supporting groups include the Gates Foundation and Rotary International.
Polio (poliomyelitis) is an acute, viral, infectious disease spread from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route
Commenting on the plan, Dr. Rebecca Martin of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is quoted by PharmPro as saying: "We have a chance now, with the fewest cases in the fewest places."
On similar lines, Hamid Jafari, the director of Global Polio Eradication at WHO, is quoted by NPR as stating: "We've never been so close to eradication as we are now."
With the plan agreed, the most difficult part will be with raising the required funds.
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