Polio eradication legacy: Strong health systems

Mike McGovern, chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee, talks about the legacy of polio eradication with Devex Impact associate editor Adva Saldinger.

The world is about to witness the end of another global disease — Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last two countries facing endemic polio and efforts are gearing up. At the same time, we are seeing the rise of a stronger network of health advocates fighting to eradicate and eliminate other diseases too.

The eradication of polio has served as a model for many efforts to contain and eliminate other diseases, Mike McGovern, chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee, told Devex Impact associate editor Adva Saldinger.

McGovern said the network of people working toward polio eradication in Nigeria, for example, helped to thwart the spread of Ebola, which devastated other West African countries in 2014.

Watch the above clip to learn more about the lessons and possible challenges  global health networks can learn after polio eradication.

Ending a Global Disease is a conversation hosted by Devex, in partnership with Rotary International, to explore successes in the fight against polio and identify lessons that can be applied to overcoming other global diseases. Visit the campaign site and join the conversation using #endpolio.

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  • Jacques Jimeno

    Jacques is a former copy editor at Devex’s news production team. Previously, he worked with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the World Wide Fund for Nature.