World Polio Day: Progress Made, Progress Needed


October 22, 2015

For the second time in history, we are 99.9% of the way to eradicating a human disease.

World Polio Day is October 24. For some people today, polio seems like a far-off possibility; others may not even know what polio is. Polio attacks a child’s nervous system and can cause muscle weakness, paralysis or even death.

In 2015, reported polio cases have dropped by two-thirds compared to this time last year. Overall, polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988. This crippling disease is completely preventable, and we are so close to having it disappear from this planet.


Polio remains a problem in just three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. On July 24 of this year, thanks to committed organizations, health workers, and supporters like you, Nigeria reached the one year mark with no new cases of polio. This is amazing news!

Until it is completely gone, polio remains a threat. We’ve never been this close to eradicating polio, so let’s do what we can to #EndPolio now.

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Our partners are making this a reality. Shot@Life is an excellent resource for learning more about the impact of life-saving vaccines for children around the world. When you donate to Shot@Life you can be assured that those vaccines will be delivered to the children who need them most.

UNICEF is a part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, and is also committed to making oral polio vaccines available to all children, especially those most in need.

Spread the word online, leading up to and on World Polio Day (October 24) by using the hashtags #endpolio and #vaccineswork. Remember to let your elected leaders know you want them to support sustained funding for global childhood vaccines.

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