World Polio Day

19 October 2021

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The ninth annual World Polio Day takes place on 24 October 2021. 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 Afghanistan and Pakistan being the only two countries to continue to report cases of wild poliovirus. 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.