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Kicking polio out of Africa

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Polio is something relegated to the history books for many in the industrialized world. Iron lungs and crippled legs are no longer concerns thanks to the power of immunization. But in some of the poorest countries on earth, polio remains a scourge, wasting the future of young children.

The world’s largest public health campaign is on the verge of erradicating polio. However, to reach the last vulnerable groups, immunization teams will face some of their greatest challenges. Many of these children live in extremely remote areas or in countries wracked by war or violence. This is a story about efforts to reach children in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.