In 2017, there was a total of 22 polio cases in the world. To put that in perspective, in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio, with approximately 22 people (mostly children) becoming paralyzed every half hour. Today's 99 percent reduction of cases should be cause for celebration. The Optimist's Ryan Bell sat down with Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fact-check the most persistent myths about the effort to eradicate polio.
There is still much unknown about the causes of childhood mortality. That is the focus of Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS), a project that digs deeper than verbal autopsies. The project, supported with a $75 million grant from the Gates Foundation, aims to diagnose cause of death at a microscopic level.
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