Why End Polio?

Top 5 Reasons to End Polio Now

To end polio, we must stop transmission of the virus in the three countries where it remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. We must also keep all other countries polio-free until we're certain it won't resurface. Up to 60 high-risk countries still operate large-scale immunization campaigns to protect children against polio.

We have the ability to protect every last person, especially children from this entirely preventable disease.

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

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1

The Human Cost

If we choose to control polio rather than eradicate it, polio could rebound to 200,000 cases per year within the next 10 years.
2

Eradication is Achievable

We have the tools to end polio and the means to reach all children with the polio vaccine.

What You Don’t Know About the Campaign to End Polio

There is more to eradicating a disease than just immunizing children.
  

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3

It’s a Good Investment

Experts estimate that global investment in a polio-free world will net an economic benefit of $40 to $50 billion over the next 20 years.
  

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4

A Way to Strengthen the System

Our polio eradication efforts have established active disease surveillance networks in countries around the world that are used to protect communities against multiple health issues.

The Importance of Surveillance

Surveillance is one of the most important jobs done to eradicate polio. And today, new and innovative approaches are being used to find viruses before they even cause symptoms.
  

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5

We Can Set the Stage

The ability to reach all children with the polio vaccine proves that we can succeed on future global health initiatives.
  

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