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Funding gap threatens to stall progress on polio eradication

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4312
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

A funding shortage of nearly $1bn threatens to undermine efforts to eradicate polio worldwide, warns a report by a body that monitors progress on the disease.

The World Health Organization set up an independent monitoring board to report on the progress of its global polio eradication initiative. Its report says that polio is at its lowest level since records began and that 52 cases were reported in the first four months of this year, less than half the 123 reported in the same period last year.1

The report also highlights the “magnificent achievement” in India, which WHO declared free of polio in February.2 The former chief medical officer for England, Liam Donaldson, chairman of the …

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