Even three decades later, Dr. Lorna Tumwebaze still remembers the fear she felt after encountering her first patient living with HIV at a hospital in her native Uganda. She had just performed a Cesarean section under poor infection control measures when the medical staff learned the mother had recently been diagnosed with the virus.
While the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s new strategy is being finalized, India is in the midst of its own health campaign that uses the polio eradication playbook to take on a new health challenge, a neglected tropical disease called lymphatic filariasis.
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