Nigerian cities | Wiping out polio

Posted by: Global Perspectives

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019


Editor's note

More and more people are pouring into Nigeria’s cities from the country’s rural areas – close to 100 million people now live in more than 780 cities across Nigeria. Federal and state governments are struggling to keep up with soaring urbanisation, or to provide the services that people need. John Rennie Short suggests that Nigeria could learn some valuable urbanisation lessons from other cities, especially those in Latin America.

The global fight to completely eradicate polio is tantalisingly close to being won: the incidence of the disease has gone down by 99% since 1988. One of the biggest gaps remains among poorly vaccinated populations, where an increasing number of polio cases are due to strains of the virus that originate from one version of the vaccine itself. Patricia L. Foster discusses how a newly designed vaccine may tackle this problem.

Julie Masiga

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