Nov 21, 2012

They need other medicine too.

Ridding the world of polio is proving to be an elusive goal. And a key problem may well be that organizers of the global anti-polio initiative, and of other global health programs, are not listening to the people they want to help — or to each other.

As a result, in many communities targeted by the programs, people perceive a gulf between global programs like polio eradication and more immediate local health needs.

As one man in Northern Nigeria asked me, “Why polio, polio, polio, when we cannot get a health clinic near our village?”.

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