India declared polio-free by the World Health Organization

Polio Cases in India since 1980

Polio Cases in India since 1980

Today, India marks three years since its last case of polio. Long considered the hardest place on earth to end polio, India is now a case study for how to end polio under the most complex circumstances. India’s triumph over polio is a significant public health achievement, leaving a lasting impact on children’s health in India and around the world.

The crippling disease that held the world to ransom in the 1950’s and 1960’s has almost been eliminated with those two tiny drops of oral polio vaccine, a well thought out strategy, large financial resources and the dedication and commitment of thousands of devoted volunteers and international health agencies.

Rotary International is the volunteer arm of a global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. In 1985, Rotary volunteers around the world embraced the fight against polio and ‘POLIOPLUS’ was born. The PolioPlus program is the most ambitious program in Rotary’s history. The initiative is an aggressive public-private partnership to assist International Health Agencies and Governments in eradicating polio from the world.

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Join Rotary in the fight to end polio and together we can create a polio-free world.

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