How polio campaigners won €55M for their fight

Health workers vaccinate a 2-year-old child during a polio vaccination campaign in January 2015 in a rural area of Tehsil Fateh Jang, Punjab, in Pakistan. Photo by: Perdeep Kumar / CDC / CC BY

LONDON — The development community’s fight against polio is a high-profile success story.

Once a disease affecting millions of people around the world, by 2017 polio was endemic in just three countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Some experts have even started planning for when, rather than if, polio is defeated completely.

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    Russell Hargrave

    Russell Hargrave is a freelance journalist and political consultant, with a special interest in development, migration, and finance. As well as Devex, he writes regularly for Public Finance, the Church Times, and He is the author of "Drawbridge Britain," a book about immigration since World War II, and advises the Liberal Democrats on refugee policy.