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CGHH blogpost on Polio eradication

Posted on 15 October 2020

A new briefing from the Global Health Histories project (GHH) looks at the history of polio eradication

A new briefing from the Global Health Histories (GHH) project focuses on the move towards world eradication of poliomyelitis and why this has still not been achieved, 20 years after the originally stated goal of 2000. Eradicating Polio draws on materials from GHH Seminar 110, about the role of WHO and polio eradication programmes.

Speaker(s): Thomas Abraham (Director, Public Health Communication Programme, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong) and 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) 


Polio eradication will be a huge step forward in human health, and some great steps forward have been made in recent years, with the WHO African Region now certified wild polio-free. Yet strains of wild poliovirus still exist; and the other danger is vaccine-derived polio, which poses a danger as well. ‘Eradicating polio’ looks at the challenges which remain, and how these may be overcome.


We thank the Wellcome Trust for their support in organising these seminars.