By Rob Crilly, The Telegraph – “This year has seen a decline in cases but health officials say they have only half the funding they need to wipe out the disease in its last three remaining havens — Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
Sona Bari, spokeswoman for the polio eradication programme at the World Health Organisation, said the world faced a ‘now or never’ moment.
Failing to stamp out the disease could mean recent gains are reversed and as many as 200,000 children crippled by polio in the next decade.
‘We are really on a tipping point between success and failure,’ she said.
The first polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s and a second version — given orally — is credited with reducing cases by more than 99 per cent.
However, efforts to eradicate the disease completely have stalled in recent years.
In 2011 a surge in the disease was…
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