Violence, insecurity, and the risk of polio: A systematic analysis

PLoS One

Violence, insecurity, and the risk of polio: A systematic analysis
Kia Guarino, Arend Voorman, Maxime Gasteen, Donte Stewart, Jay Wenger
Research Article | published 11 Oct 2017 PLOS ONE
National virologic and immunologic indicators understate the risk of poliovirus spread in areas with violence and insecurity, and the inclusion of such factors improves precision. In addition, the link between violence and incidence of disease highlights the broader challenge of implementing health interventions in conflict areas. We discuss practical implications of this work in understanding and measuring the risks to polio eradication and other global health initiatives, and the policy implications of the need to reach vulnerable populations in conflict zones.