Why End Polio?

Top 5 Reasons to End Polio Now

To end polio, we must stop transmission of the virus in the two countries where it remains endemic: Afghanistan 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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To Improve Lives

18 million people are walking today who would have otherwise been paralyzed by polio.

To Invest in the Future

If polio isn't eradicated, within 10 years, as many as 200,000 children could be paralyzed by it each year.

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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To Improve Child Health

Polio surveillance networks and vaccination campaigns also monitor children for other health problems like vitamin deficiency and measles, so they can be addressed sooner.

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To Save Money

A polio-free world will save the global economy 
$40-$50 billion in health costs within the next 20 years.

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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To Make History

Polio eradication would be one of history's greatest public health achievements, with polio following smallpox to become only the second human disease eliminated from the world.

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