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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria

Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria

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(p.512) 18 Anthropological and Public Health Perspectives on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Northern Nigeria
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Anthropology and Public Health
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Elisha P. Renne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.003.0019

In 1988, the World Health Assembly voted to eradicate poliomyelitis by 2000. While cases of wild poliovirus worldwide have declined considerably, cases continue to be reported, mainly in India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. This chapter uses anthropological research methods to examine changes in the reception and implementation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in Zaria, Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria in order to address the question of why polio cases persist in this area. It also considers how changes the GPEI program in Nigeria, specifically broader community involvement and the introduction of health incentives teams, affected its reception and raises the larger question of how such global public health initiatives might be appropriately framed in the future.

Keywords:   polio, immunization, Northern Nigeria, eradication, community participation

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