Eradicating Polio
Reaching the Last Child

Summary

ERADICATING POLIO: Reaching the Last Child
Presented jointly with NPR

Friday, October 20, 2017

Once a global scourge, polio is tantalizingly close to eradication with only 11 wild poliovirus cases reported worldwide in 2017. In this Forum event — held in advance of World Polio Day — experts from the Government of Pakistan, UNICEF, Rotary International, and the Harvard Opinion Research Program explained what factors contributed to this remarkable progress. Where were we five years ago in the effort to end transmission? What challenges emerged and how were they overcome? And where do we go from here? Looking specifically at the latest findings from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, speakers described the key roles of polling and data collection, community and family engagement, new communication efforts and more in building trust to enable widespread vaccinations. They explored what brought us to this “last mile” of polio eradication, and what needs to be done to fully eradicate this ancient, debilitating and entirely preventable disease.

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Image Credit: Courtesy of UNICEF

  • Sabina Rogers

    Will the polio event on Oct 20th be live streamed?

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      Hi, Yes, the event will be live streamed on this page on October 20 at 11am ET. Thank you for your interest.

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    Welcome everyone. Our event will be starting in about 10 minutes.

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    Our event has begun.

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    This event is presented jointly with NPR.

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    This clip is courtesy of UNICEF.

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    More information about World Polio Day: https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day

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    We will be having a brief Q&A towards the end of this event, which ends at noon ET. You can post your questions here or email to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu.

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    More information about the polling effort described by Gillian SteelFisher is here https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/horp/polling-on-polio-immunization/

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    This video will be posted on-demand on this website after the event.

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    This video is courtesy of Rotary International.

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    Have a question for the panelists? You can post your questions here or email to theforum@hsph.harvard.edu.

  • Balogun

    I am happy with the progress made in polio eradictation worldwide. My major concerns are

    1. What becomes the fate of polio survivors?
    2. What strategy will be employed to address their problems and challenges?

    From Israel Balogun, a Medical doctor, polio survivor and disability inclsuive development adviser at CBM Nigeria country office.

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      Thank you so much for posting your questions

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    We thank all of our panelists, moderator, NPR and audience today.

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    Quick reminder that we will be posting the video on demand on this page after this event.

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    Next week, we will post a searchable transcript.

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    Our discussion will wrap up in 10 minutes. Thank you again for joining us today.

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    This Tuesday is World Polio Day. You can watch Rotary’s live stream event to celebrate at the Gates Foundation Headquarters at 5:30pm ET at endpolio.org

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    Join us again for our next Forum: Discrimination in America: African American Experiences, presented in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR, Tuesday, October 24, noon-1pmET, https://theforum.sph.harvard.edu/events/discrimination-in-america/

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    Missed any of this discussion? We will post the video on demand on this site immediately following this discussion. Next week, the video will be on YouTube.

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    Thank you again for joining us today. Our event has ended.