All SHP News Commentary September 16, 2020

How Polio Eradication in Africa Can Inform Global COVID-19 Response

An estimated 1.8 million African children have been spared crippling paralysis, and 180,000 lives have been saved. Lessons from this success can inform our global response to COVID-19.
A child receives a polio vaccine in Africa.

The global health community recently celebrated the eradication of wild poliovirus from the African continent.

We have come a long way in this worldwide effort. Wild poliovirus — not to be confused with the exceedingly rare instances of vaccine-derived poliovirus — was once present throughout the world. Today, it is endemic in only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Michele Barry and Lucas Oliver Oswald write in this Scope article that we should reflect on this achievement and on lessons learned from polio eradication that can be applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A mother and child in the fields in Sierra Leone.

Millions of Children at Risk of Measles as Vaccination Campaigns Take Back Seat to COVID-19

SHP's Eran Bendavid Warns that millions of young children around the world are at risk of missing their measles vaccines as health-care workers focus on COVID-19.
Ashley Styczynski shows a colleague in Bangladesh how to wear an N95 mask to protect her against COVID-19.

Rosenkranz Prize Winner Leads Effort to Protect Health-Care Workers from COVID-19 in Under-Resourced Countries

Stanford postdoc Ashley Styczynski and collaborators build a website devoted to protecting health-care workers in under-resourced countries, using infographics and videos to show them how to create, wear and preserve personal protective equipment.
An illustration by Irene Servillo

An 8-Point Plan to Tackle COVID-19 Among Women in Mumbai Slums

“We’ve never been closer to each other or to those we serve," says Health Policy PhD candidate Suhani Jalota, founder of the Myna Mahila Foundation, a Mumbai-based women’s health and employment nonprofit. Its mission is to create the next generation of women leaders in urban slum communities — but COVID-19 isn't making it easy.