– This summer, Nigeria was set to mark 2 years without a single case of polio. In just 12 more months, the country, and the continent of Africa, stood to be declared polio free.
Unfortunately, on August 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed two new cases of polio, in the northeast of the country, in areas recently liberated from insurgents. Two children were left paralyzed. Nigeria and its international partners have mounted a response to meet this new challenge.
While this news is a setback to Nigeria’s fight to eradicate polio, it does not diminish the scale of the turnaround the country accomplished in recent years. At the core of the country’s achievement was the mobilization of government officials, healthcare workers, and millions of citizens.
McKinsey partner Scott Desmarais worked closely with these groups as the leader of a McKinsey team that supported the effort to fight polio. In this short film, Scott explains how the government went about turning the situation around in such a short time.