It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
India marks three years since its last reported polio case on Monday, meaning it will soon be certified as having defeated the ancient scourge in a huge advance for global eradication efforts.
The country's success was built on a huge vaccination programme that began in the mid-1990s with the backing of the central government and a coalition of charities, private donors, and UN agencies.
An army of more than two million vaccinators, backed by local religious and community leaders, canvassed villages, slums, train stations and public gatherings in even the most remote parts of the country.
reply to post by maddy21
Polio was almost gone forever... Almost.
Then a certain population segment decided that, in their world, any effort to finish the sucker off for good was evil and carried ill intent ...and so Pakistan is now the defacto center for modern suffering with Polio. I've been watching that develop for a year or so now and it's one of those "please tell me this is a nightmare" moments to watch develop.
Global Disease Incidents
Ctrl-F that page for Polio to find it in quick reference. Only one nation in the world still reports new, active and ongoing cases on anything like a regular basis ...and only one small region of that one nation, too.
Here is hoping it can die for good, like Smallpox (in theory).
"This is a momentous victory for the millions of health workers who have worked with governments, nongovernmental organizations, civil society and international partners to eradicate polio from the Region. It is a sign of what we can bequeath our children when we work together," said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director for the WHO South-East Asia Region. The door-to-door campaigns that clinched the battle against polio can now be used in other vaccination programmes, she added.
The polio-free tag, however, does not mean the end of polio vaccination. In fact, nations will now have to work towards introducing the injectable polio vaccine and the eventual phasing out of oral polio vaccines. "More than 120 countries currently use only OPV. These countries will introduce a dose of IPV by the end of 2015 as part of their commitment to the global polio endgame plan which aims to ensure a polio-free world by 2018," said the WHO press release.