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Polio outbreaks in Yemen and Indonesia - Outbreaks of polio in Yemen and Indonesia and the threat of polio returning to troubled regions of Africa have dealt a blow to the World Health Organization's polio eradication programme in what was meant to be the final year of a 17 year campaign. A total of 63 cases of polio have been identified in Yemen, and last week four cases were confirmed in Indonesia. Bruce Aylward, coordinator of WHO's global polio eradication programme, remains hopeful that polio can be eradicated next year: “Twenty years from now, when polio is long gone, I don't think anyone will be worrying whether we missed the target by six months. The important thing is not to let up, now that we're so nearly there” (BMJ 2005;330:1106).
WHO reports on health risks - The top 10 health risks globally are underweight in children and mothers; unsafe sex;