Dear polio eradication supporter,
As 2014 draws to a close, we reflect on substantial progress in the fight to end polio. The year began with confirmation that India, and therefore the whole of South East Asia, is polio-free after three years without a case. Dangerous outbreaks in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and central Africa appear to have been brought under control. No child has been reported as infected with wild poliovirus anywhere in Africa since August; the continent is closer than ever to being polio-free. The year has not been without challenges for the programme: above all, the continued spread of polio in Pakistan, which has 85% of the world’s cases.
However, the national programme in Pakistan is now more geared up than at any point in the last two years; it is essential that this level of commitment is rolled out across all levels through the upcoming polio low season to ensure every child is reached with polio vaccine.
In this issue:
- Looking towards 2015
- Approaching a polio-free Africa
- Making the most of the low season in Pakistan
Downolad the full document: December_Polio_Newsletter