What is Polio and why do we care?  Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by a virus. In 1988, polio affected 350,000 children every single year — including those in Europe and the US. It's a horrific disease that can cause irreversible paralysis and even death. 

The eradication of polio is the top philanthropic priority of Rotary International, which is a key partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. http://polioeradication.org/who-we-are/

 

Now, polio has been eradicated from all but two countries around the world: Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Outbreak countries are those that have stopped indigenous wild poliovirus but are experiencing re-infection either through the importation of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus from another country, or the emergence and circulation of vaccine-derived poliovirus). 

That means polio is 99.9% eradicated, with just 2 cases of wild poliovirus recorded worldwide so far in 2021, but - people in all countries remain at risk of polio until the disease has been completely eradicated from the world. 

Until the polio has been completely eradicated, the best way for countries to minimize the risk and consequences of polio infection is to maintain strong population immunity levels through high vaccination coverage, and strong disease surveillance in order to rapidly detect and respond to polio. 

We're nearly there in our fight to completely eradicate this killer disease, but our continued support is absolutely essential.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRqBEffg6Ug