Health workers in Africa administering polio vaccine UNICEF Ethiopia/Flickr

Герои борьбы с полиомиелитом

СИЭТЛ – Мировой прогресс в борьбе с полиомиелитом является, наверное, одним из самых главных секретов всемирного здравоохранения. Моими героями в 2015 году стали как раз те мужчины и женщины, которые находятся на передовой линии борьбы с этим заболеванием.

Количество ежегодных случаев заболевания полиомиелитом в мире снизилось с 1988 года более чем на 99,9%. Эта болезнь когда-то была причиной паралича примерно 350 000 детей каждый год, а в 2015 году число этих случаев вряд ли превысит 100.

Более того, в 2015 году мы достигли ещё одного важного рубежа в нашей миссии по уничтожению это ужасного проклятия – впервые в человеческой истории в Африке в течение года не было отмечено ни единого случая заболевания диким полиомиелитом.

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