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India eradicates polio, not poverty

 Street News Service 20 February 2019

The world's largest democracy is reaching milestone after milestone, from record-breaking economic growth to the recent eradication of polio. Danielle Batist reports from IT capital Bangalore, where millions still struggle to share in the success. (1554 Words) - By Danielle Batist

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Nagma Sultana (15) in front of the family’s small room in the Bangalore slums. She wears a calliper to support her polio-affected leg. Left in the photo is Nagma’s mother, who runs the household alone.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) in front of the family’s small room in the Bangalore slums. She wears a calliper to support her polio-affected leg. Left in the photo is Nagma’s mother, who runs the household alone.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) in front of the family’s small room in the Bangalore slums. She wears a calliper to support her polio-affected leg. Left in the photo is Nagma’s mother, who runs the household alone.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) in front of the family’s small room in the Bangalore slums. She wears a calliper to support her polio-affected leg. Left in the photo is Nagma’s mother, who runs the household alone.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) is part of the last generation in India to live with polio. The disease got officially eradicated in January 2012.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) is part of the last generation in India to live with polio. The disease got officially eradicated in January 2012.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Nagma Sultana (15) in front of the family’s small room in the Bangalore slums. She wears a calliper to support her polio-affected leg.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Vimalashree Ramamurthy in the doorway of her family’s home in the Bangalore slums. She got polio when she was just four months old. It affected her left leg, which means she was unable to walk throughout her childhood.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Vimalashree Ramamurthy outside her family’s home in the Bangalore slums. She got polio when she was just four months old. It affected her left leg, which means she was unable to walk throughout her childhood.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Vimalashree Ramamurthy in her local temple in the Bangalore slums. She prays every day for her life to get better.Photo: Simon Murphy

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Vimalashree Ramamurthy in her local temple in the Bangalore slums. She prays day for her life to get better.Photo: Simon Murphy

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4. A mother carries her disabled son along whilst underway to fetching water in Bangalore. An estimated 17 million disabled people in India do not receive support like mobility aids.Photo: Simon Murphy

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APD programme manager Gopinath Krishnapur says that although some diseases, including polio, are now under control in India, the number of other disabilities is still growing.Photo: Simon Murphy


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