The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria
Renne, Elisha. 2010. The Politics of Polio in Northern Nigeria. Bloomington : Indiana University Press.
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 efforts.
1. Introduction: Protesting Polio
2. Smallpox and Polio Histories
3. Politics and Polio in Nigeria
4. Islam and Immunization in Northern Nigeria
5. Polio, Disability, and Begging
6. Polio in Northern Nigeria and Northeastern Ghana
7. The Ethics of Eradication
Country of focus: Nigeria.