Why More Funds?

Why is funding still needed to end polio
if we only have 3 countries left?

To end polio, we must stop transmission of wild poliovirus in the 3 remaining polio-endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. We must also keep other countries polio free until we achieve certification and officially eradicate polio. Until then, up to 60 high-risk countries continue to operate large-scale immunization campaigns to protect children against polio. We can't stop until we can ensure that all children are protected against the disease.

Why Zero Matters

Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% worldwide since 1988, but it is critical for us to continue our efforts to eradicate the disease for good.

The Risk:

A Resurgence of Polio

If polio is not fully eradicated, we could see a global resurgence of the disease with as many as 200,000 new cases each year over the next 10 years, all over the world.

The Challenge:

Worldwide Eradication

As we get closer to ending polio, we need to increase disease detection, also known as surveillance, to ensure the virus is truly gone from every corner of the world. Given that only one in 200 cases of polio results in paralysis, we rely on the program's extensive surveillance and laboratory network to tell us where polio does (and does not) exist.

Understanding Eradication



The Solution:

Finishing the Fight

Together with our partners, governments, community leaders, health workers, and volunteers, we must stay vigilant. Until we eradicate the disease, we must continue to immunize every single child against polio.

What Your Money Buys:

In January 2017, US$35 million in grants to end polio worldwide were made to our partners WHO and UNICEF for polio immunization activities. This funding was provided for technical expertise and social mobilization in nine countries across Africa and Asia. Some examples of how the funding was used include:
  • In Cameroon:

    31,832 vaccinators to deliver the vaccine
  • In Nigeria:

    14,555 social mobilizers to announce immunization days
  • In Chad:

    95,000 markers to mark the fingers of children who have been vaccinated
  • In Afghanistan:

    Training for 66,501 field workers, supervisors, monitors, surveyors, and coordinators


Who We Work With

Our Partners

Progress to Date

Polio Timeline