Africa could be certified polio free in 2020

23 August, 2019

Africa could soon be certified polio free: 


It has officially been three years since Nigeria last reported a case of wild polio virus in its country, marking a significant milestone in the fight against this infectious disease.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership dedicated to ending polio, was launched in 1988 at a time when there were still 350,000 cases of polio reported every year.


It is managed by national governments with five key partners: the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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HIFA Profile: Enku Kebede-Francis is an Assistant Professor/Visiting Scientist, Tufts University- HNRCA, and Visiting Scholar, Tufts University SOE.

Professional interests: Primary healthcare for all. Enku would like to promote primary healthcare for all as a right not a privilege.

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