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The Rocky Road to Zero: How Polivirus Has Become The Great Survivor

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After the success of eradicating smallpox, the journey began nearly 40 years ago to also remove polio from the planet. The challenge of consigning a second disease to the history books is ongoing, with $1 billion per year being spent trying to destroy it. The simplest of all public health interventions - a few drops of vaccine into a child’s mouth-is enmeshed by a complex web of geopolitical barriers. The definitive interruption of poliovirus transmission will only be possible if the Polio Programme can overcome them.  


Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, Professor of Public Health, LSHTM

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is recognised as an international champion of public health and patient safety. He was the foundation chair of the World Health Organisation’s World Alliance for Patient Safety, launched in 2004. He is a past vice-chairman of the World Health  Organisation Executive Board. He is now the World Health Organisation’s Envoy for Patient Safety, Chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board for the Global Polio Eradication Programme, as well as Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Board of this Programme. In the UK, he is Chair of the Integrated Care System (ICS) for the Northeast and North, Cumbria, and Professor of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

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