Pediatrician Examines Polio Outbreak In Syria
New York Review of Books: Syria’s Polio Epidemic: The Suppressed Truth
Annie Sparrow, a critical-care pediatrician and public health professional, is assistant professor of global health and deputy director of the human rights program at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York
“One way to measure the horrific suffering of Syria’s increasingly violent war is through the experience of Syrian children. … In the midst of all this violence, it is easy to miss the health catastrophe that has also struck Syrian children, who must cope with war trauma, malnutrition, and stunted growth alongside collapsing sanitation and living conditions. Syria has become a cauldron of once-rare infectious diseases, with hundreds of cases of measles each month and outbreaks of typhoid, hepatitis, and dysentery. … And now polio is back…” (2/20).