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Title:The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria
Author:Renne, ElishaISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2010
Pages:192
Language:English
City of publisher:Bloomington
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:9780253222282
Geographic terms:Northern Nigeria
Nigeria
Subjects:poliomyelitis
health policy
health care
Abstract:In 2008, Northern Nigeria had the greatest number of confirmed cases of polio in the world and was the source of outbreaks in several West African countries. The author explores the politics and social dynamics of the Northern Nigerian response to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which has been met with extreme skepticism, subversion, and the refusal of some parents to immunize their children. Renne explains this resistance by situating the eradication effort within the social, political, cultural, and historical context of the experience of polio in Northern Nigeria. Questions of vaccine safety, the ability of the government to provide basic health care, and the role of the international community are factored into this sensitive and complex treatment of the ethics of global polio eradication efforts.
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