You are warmly invited to attend Global Health Histories Seminar 110: ‘Polio, Immunization and Universal Health Coverage’, which will be held at the University of York, UK, on Tuesday 25th September 2018. Please do circulate to colleagues, students and friends you feel would be interested in attending this event.


Global Health Histories Seminar 110: Polio, Immunization and Universal Health Coverage’


25 September 2018, 13:30 pm

Venue: The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, UK

Admission: Free and open to all – please register for a free ticket at


Speakers: Thomas Abraham (Former Director, Public Health Communication Programme, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong) & David Heymann (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House & formerly WHO Assistant Director General)

In 1988 the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio by the year 2000, in what was meant to be "an appropriate gift...from the twentieth to the twenty-first century." The gift is now 18 years overdue, and although polio eradication is now within sight, there are risks to eradication that were not foreseen when the programme began, causing a longer than anticipated polio eradication endgame.


This seminar will explore the political, social and epidemiological reasons why polio eradication has taken so long to achieve, and lessons that could be drawn for any future eradication campaigns.


Further details are available at


Information about the Global Health Histories series is available at where you can also find future seminar listings. For recordings of previous seminars, please visit our YouTube page:

Best wishes,

Centre for Global Health Histories

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