Polio

In World Immunisation Week, I cannot overstate how vital it is to make that one last push we need to eradicate diseases like polio for good
While everyone else has been looking back at what happened around the world in 2017, I’ve been thinking about the things
Scientists can do some pretty incredible things.
Household plants could hold the answer to eradicating a disease that has been paralysing people worldwide since the 1800
This is a special week in Global Health. The World Health Organisation recognises a total of 14 "World Health Days" every
The hard-won battle to eradicate polio once and for all is within our grasp but we can't relax yet. We must, maintain and accelerate our efforts. So it is heartening to see Commonwealth countries, including the UK, coming together this weekend at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta to review the results achieved to date and call for renewed global support.
The shift to injectable polio vaccine will also ensure that there are no cases of vaccine associated paralytic polio. As of now, the risk of vaccine associated paralytic polio is one in 1,50,000 babies.
A quarter of a century ago, a million children's lives were ruined or lost to Polio every three years - today that number is just 400 a year. A disease that was once endemic in 125 countries is now confined to just a small handful - in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Migration is a fact of life. Humans have moved around the world for hundreds of thousands of years. It's hard to blame someone for wanting to improve his or her circumstances. My parents made the same decision when they realised I had polio. After he came to London my father never saw his parents again. My mum and dad made huge sacrifices for which I will always be grateful.
World Polio Day gives us the opportunity to do just that. It shines a light on the magnificent effort by the international community to almost eradicate only the second human disease in history, and galvanises our movement to act to get rid of polio completely.