Monday marked the three-year anniversary of the last reported polio case in India — a landmark achievement for a country that reported the highest number of polio cases in the world in 2009. A formal declaration of India as polio-free is expected later this year by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Passing through a leafy neighborhood of Brazzaville, we turn into the well kept confines of the national immunization program. Each office is named for its function: Surveillance, Statistics and Data Management and so on.
The estimated 21 million people each year who get typhoid fever must now face another life-threatening reality: The emergence of antibiotic-resistant typhoid strains. Because typhoid control is still heavily reliant on antibiotics, even with the availability of safe and effective vaccines, this news is especially alarming.

Sierra Leone’s members of parliament (MPs) are driving forward progress on immunization goals within their country. Yet many MPs who were instrumental in defending immunization budgets and pushing forward legislation were not re-elected this year.

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