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Japan loans cash to help curb rising incidence of polio in Pakistan

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d5465 (Published 26 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5465
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Japan has provided a $65m (£40m; €45m) loan to help efforts to eradicate polio in Pakistan amid concern that rising numbers of cases there could undermine global progress on wiping out the disease.

The number of recorded cases of polio in Pakistan is 69 so far this year compared with 37 in the same period last year, show the latest figures from the World Health Organization. By the end of 2010, 144 new cases had been recorded compared with 32 in 2007.

Although the incidence of polio has been reduced by 99% over the past 20 years, the rising numbers of …

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