Polio Eradication Initiative


The final frontier in polio eradication

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To deliver a polio-free world, every child in the remaining polio reservoirs- Pakistan and Afghanistan – must be vaccinated. The purple ink dot on this babies’ finger shows that they have received the oral polio vaccineTo deliver a polio-free world, every child in the remaining polio reservoirs – Pakistan and Afghanistan – must be vaccinated. The purple ink dot on this babies’ finger shows that they have received the oral polio vaccine. Photo credits: WHO

28 April 2016 – WHO's World Immunization Week 2016 kicked off this week with the aim of raising international awareness on the critical importance of full immunization from childhood through to adulthood. One of the campaign’s major focuses is polio; incurable, but preventable with a simple vaccine. World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress marked by the drop in cases by 99.9% in the last 3 decades; but it also calls for increased momentum for the final push to overcome the last remaining pockets of the virus and wipe out the disease. 

This World Immunization Week, experts are cautiously optimistic that we could see the end of the virus very soon. In 2015, a total of 74 cases of polio were reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the only 2 remaining polio-endemic countries, down from 334 cases worldwide in 2014. 

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