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Polio Movement Achieves Successes, Faces Challenges

Writing in PSI’s “Impact” blog, founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at Aga Khan University in Pakistan and co-director of research in global child health at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Zulfiqar Bhutta, shares reflections on polio efforts made in 2013 and looks ahead to 2014. Bhutta notes, “The cost of not achieving polio eradication is basically that you burn the investment of the last decade-and-a-half completely, and you go back to the state we had before. … Even now the model for polio is very expensive, with the campaigns that have to be done. It costs millions, and it distracts people and health workers from their day job. For this to go forward, what we have to do is win the polio war…” (4/18).