the number of polio cases has dropped to only 223 per year
Polioviruses have caused millions of deaths and disabilities worldwide
pledged to make sure their country’s health departments would do everything possible to eradicate polio in their countries.
“This decisive moment is a matter of health and justice. Every child should have the right to start life with equal protection from this disease. That’s why I have made eradicating polio a top priority for my second term as Secretary-General.”
“The evidence is clear: if we all do our part, we can and will end this disease. But we must act quickly and give ourselves the very best chance to succeed. When we defeat polio, it will motivate us to aim for other great health and development milestones.”
Last year WHO announced that India, once a polio hotspot, had been polio-free for over a year.