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Последняя битва с полиомиелитом

ЖЕНЕВА – Это был тяжелый год для Нигерии. За последние 12 месяцев, страна пострадала от нападений детей смертников и жестоких убийств Боко Харам. Подавляющее большинство из 276 школьниц, похищенных в прошлом году в Чибок, считаются пропавшими без вести. И все же, за это время, несмотря на все ужасы, Нигерии спокойно удалось достичь чего-то действительно выдающегося: за весь год не было зарегистрировано ни одного случая дикого полиомиелита.

Это огромное достижение для Нигерии и всех ее партнеров в усилиях по искоренению болезни. Менее 30 лет назад, от полиомиелита пострадало 125 стран, болезнь парализовала по 1000 детей в день. До настоящего времени, было только три страны, где вирус все еще считался эндемичным: Афганистан, Пакистан и Нигерия. Представители органов здравоохранения ждут три года, прежде чем объявить страну, свободной от полиомиелита, но уже после одного года в Нигерии растет надежда, что мы, возможно, видели последний случай дикого полиомиелита в стране - и во всей Африке.

Кроме логической задачи добраться до каждого ребенка в самой населенной стране Африки, Нигерийской кампании по искоренению полиомиелита пришлось преодолеть проблемы безопасности, сопротивление религиозных фундаменталистов и разгул коррупции. Тот факт, что такая беспокойная страна, как Нигерия, смогла достичь такого результата, уже причина для празднования и дает основания для оптимизма, не только в борьбе с полиомиелитом, но и для глобальных усилий в области здравоохранения в целом. Успех Нигерии показывает, что возможно, донести чудеса современной медицины детям наиболее маргинального и труднодоступного мира.

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