The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria

The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria

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In 2008, Northern Nigeria had the greatest number of confirmed cases of polio in the world and was the source of outbreaks in several West African countries. Elisha P. Renne explores the politics and social dynamics of the Northern Nigerian response to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which has been met with extreme skepticism, subversion, and the refusal of some parents to immunize their children. Renne explains this resistance by situating the eradication effort within the social, political, cultural, and historical context of the experience of polio in Northern Nigeria. Questions of vaccine safety, the ability of the government to provide basic health care, and the role of the international community are factored into this sensitive and complex treatment of the ethics of global polio eradication more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 8 color illus., 6 b&w illus., 3 maps
  • 0253222281
  • 9780253222282
  • 1,195,537

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[P]rovides an insightful analysis and a detailed historical background of the controversial campaign to eradicate polio in northern Nigeria. . . . Recommended. * Choice * [T]his book provides a strong, comprehensive analysis of opposition to polio vaccination in northern Nigeria and provides fodder for the continuing debates about vertical, directed programs, eradication, and 'broad-based health projects' . . . worldwide. * Medical Anthropology Quarterly *show more

About Elisha P. Renne

Elisha P. Renne is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She is author of Population and Progress in a Yoruba Town and Cloth That Does Not Die and editor (with E. van de Walle) of Regulating more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments1. Introduction: Protesting Polio2. Smallpox and Polio Histories3. Politics and Polio in Nigeria4. Islam and Immunization in Northern Nigeria5. Polio, Disability, and Begging6. Polio in Northern Nigeria and Northeastern Ghana7. The Ethics of EradicationEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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