Eradicating Polio Worldwide – the challenge, the opportunity

January 13, 2017
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International have partnered to end polio — not just in the U.S. but worldwide and forever. You can help.

Dr. Jay Wenger, Director of Polio Eradication for the Gates Foundation, speaks with Cara Santa Maria

Cara SantaMaria of Talk Nerdy speaks with the Director of polio eradication efforts for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Jay Wenger. They discuss the history of wild poliovirus, including its devastating medical effects, as well as the incredible success of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. (Oral polio vaccination has reduced cases across the globe by 99.9% since 1988.) In addition, they focus on new cases in Nigeria, and why it is more important than ever to focus on final eradication efforts.

To support the effort, visit Follow Jay: @jay_wenger.

Many thanks to Cara at

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