World Polio Day, 24 October 2020

20 October 2020

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The eighth annual World Polio Day takes places on 24 October 2020. Poliomyelitis is an acute enteroviral infection that mostly affects children under five years of age and, in its most severe form, may result in permanent paralysis.

Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched, the incidence of polio cases has dropped by 99.9%. With polio nearly eradicated, the aim now is to sustain the progress made and ensure every child receives the polio vaccine.

More information is available on the End Polio website.