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Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Jul-Aug;28(4):1091-101. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.1091.

Diplomacy and the polio immunization boycott in Northern Nigeria.

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Global Health and Foreign Policy Initiative, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, in Arlington, Virginia, USA. kaufmannjr2@aol.com

Abstract

The boycott of polio vaccination in three Northern Nigerian states in 2003 created a global health crisis that was political in origin. This paper traces the diplomatic actions that were taken by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the United Nations, and the U.S. government, to restart polio vaccination and resolve the crisis. The polio vaccination boycott in Northern Nigeria provides a useful case study of the practice of global health diplomacy.

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10.1377/hlthaff.28.4.1091
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