3 years ago

The Public Health Legacy of Polio Eradication in Africa.

Haydarov R, Ngongo N, Baranyikwa MT, Dao H, Naqvi S, Pandak C, Edwards A, O'Malley H, Galway M, Craig AS, Abid NS
The legacy of polio in Africa goes far beyond the tragedies of millions of children with permanent paralysis. It has a positive side, which includes the many well-trained polio staff who have vaccinated children, conducted surveillance, tested stool specimens in the laboratories, engaged with communities, and taken care of polio patients. This legacy also includes support for routine immunization services and vaccine introductions and campaigns for other diseases. As polio funding declines, it is time to take stock of the resources made available with polio funding in Africa and begin to find ways to keep some of the talented staff, infrastructure, and systems in place to work on new public health challenges. The partnerships that helped support polio eradication will need to consider funding to maintain and to strengthen routine immunization services and other maternal, neonatal, and child health programs in Africa that have benefitted from the polio eradication infrastructure.

Publisher URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28838184

DOI: PubMed:28838184

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