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# Eradication of polio threatened by $300m funding shortfall BMJ 2002; 324 (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:936 1. Alex Vass 1. BMJ A funding gap of$275m (£191m; €313m) threatens the final push towards the global eradication of poliomyelitis, a coalition of international organisations and charities has claimed.

Under the global polio eradication initiative, numbers of cases of polio continue to fall and are now at an all time low. Last year there were just 537 new cases, down from 2979 in 2000. The number of countries where polio is endemic also fell from 20 in 2000 to 10 last year.

The opportunity to finally stamp out the disease, however, is under threat, owing …

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