In this series, I cover stories from the previous week that were under-reported, or not reported at all. We can miss important stories because they fall behind predominant, often over reported news — this series attempts to combat those issues, by sharing less mainstream events.

After four years without a case, Africa was declared wild-polio free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on August 25. This significant milestone in permanent eradication comes three decades after the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), which saw a 99 percent drop in cases worldwide. Now, five out of six WHO regions have been declared free of the virus, covering 90 percent of the world population. Only two countries continue to see transmission of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. …

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Mallika Parlikar

I study conflict, and how to resolve it.

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