27 Apr Drops Not Drones, Vaccines Not Marines
Evan O’Neill, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
You are likely to be judged by the company you keep. In Osama bin Laden’s case, the isolated mountains of tribal Afghanistan and Pakistan provide a perfect safe haven for him and for polio.
Thirty years of conflict and low economic development have resulted in security and health infrastructure that is inadequate for deploying an effective regional eradication program. Thus the Af-Pak borderlands remain one of only a handful of places (including India and Nigeria) where polio is endemic, though flare-ups also occur across Africa and Central Asia due to importation.