With national gains in health, the women polo players of Manipur, India, take their shot

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Too expensive, too slow, too discriminatory, and other myths about the polio eradication program

In 2017, there was a total of 22 polio cases in the world. To put that in perspective, in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio, with approximately 22 people (mostly children) becoming paralyzed every half hour. Today's 99 percent reduction of cases should be cause for celebration. The Optimist's Ryan Bell sat down with Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to fact-check the most persistent myths about the effort to eradicate polio.
Jay Wenger Director, Polio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Under the microscope: Learning more about childhood mortality

There is still much unknown about the causes of childhood mortality. That is the focus of Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS), a project that digs deeper than verbal autopsies. The project, supported with a $75 million grant from the Gates Foundation, aims to diagnose cause of death at a microscopic level.
Ryan Bell Feature Writer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation