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March 27, 2014

How did India end polio?

India marked three years since its last case of wild polio on 13 January 2014, a landmark achievement for global public health and the worldwide effort to eradicate polio.

Experts once considered India the most technically difficult place to end polio. As recently as 2009, India was home to nearly half the world’s polio cases.  High population density, migrant populations and poor sanitation presented exceptional challenges to eliminating this crippling disease.

With commitment from Rotary, the Indian government, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, other donor governments, and the global community, India launched a comprehensive polio eradication effort and built a robust health infrastructure to eliminate the disease. An army of 2.3 million vaccinators worked to reach 175 million children with the polio vaccine during national immunization days.

India’s success against polio is a significant achievement in public health and proves that the disease can be eliminated in even the most challenging of circumstances.

The photos in this gallery capture the people and resources that were necessary for India to end polio.

We have a unique window of opportunity to make history and end polio now. Share this gallery through your social networks to encourage others to help make the world polio-free.


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