Tuesday, July 29, 2003
:: WHO aims to eradicate Polio by 2005 ::Before the World Health Organisation launched it's Polio Eradication programme in 1988 there were 350,000 cases in 125 countries each year...
Last year there were 235 cases worldwide, mostly in India, Nigeria + Pakistan.
Plans are now in place to immunize 175 million children in these three countries by the end of the year, and to totally eradicate Polio by 2005.
Although "doable" the WHO is now seeking $220 million in order to ensure that this work goes ahead....
It is also requesting that countries destroy all their non-essential stocks of Polio and register any laboratory stock they intend to keep for research in order to help prevent even one case of this paralysing disease threatening the world again.
Most of the $3 billion so far spent on this initiative has come from W.H.O., UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Rotary International and other partners...
Posted 11:39 pm by Matt Prescott