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Global Health Histories Seminar 110: Polio, Immunization and Universal Health Coverage

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 1.30PM to 14:30

Speaker(s): Thomas Abraham (Former Director, Public Health Communication Programme, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong) & David Heymann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House & formerly WHO Assistant Director General)

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In 1988 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio by the year 2000, in what was meant to be "an appropriate gift...from the twentieth to the twenty-first century." The gift is now 18 years overdue, and although polio eradication is now within sight, there are risks to eradication that were not foreseen when the programme began, causing a longer than anticipated polio eradication endgame.

This seminar will explore the political, social and epidemiological reasons why polio eradication has taken so long to achieve, and lessons that could be drawn for any future eradication campaigns. 

Location: The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all, please register for a free ticket at