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Special: 3 Years Since Last Case of Polio

Congratulations India...

Once considered the hardest place to eradicate polio, India celebrates today three years since its last case. 

This unprecedented progress against polio will pave the way for polio-free certification of the entire South East Asia Region of the World Health Organization in end March 2014. A high-level celebration is planned for 11 February. 

This is a monumental milestone for India, which until 2009 accounted for more than half the world’s polio incidence with 741 cases of polio paralysis. 

Experts had often believed India would be the last country to stop polio in view of the high population density, hygiene, sanitation and health conditions, which presented major challenges to eliminating the disease. 

However, the strong commitment of the Government of India, the seamless partnership comprising the Government, Rotary, WHO and UNICEF, and above all the tireless hard work of millions of frontline workers – the vaccinators, social mobilizers and community and health workers –made the dream of a polio free country come true. 

On this third anniversary, we want to recognize the importance of India’s achievement while highlighting the power of vaccines and encouraging continued political and financial support for polio eradication. 

Thanks to all those who have contributed to this! Keep up the good work!

Posts India Celebrates Victory Over Polio!

The Government of India is celebrating today a landmark achievement in public health– the victory over polio. India has not reported any case of polio since a two-year old girl got polio paralysis on 13 January 2011 in Howrah district of West Bengal. 

The celebration today, organized by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be graced by Hon. President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Chairperson National Advisory Council, Smt Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Smt Sushma Swaraj. 

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Photo Essay - History of Polio In India 

In late 1970s, up to 200,000 children in India were paralyzed or killed by polio every year. Since 2011, there has been none. Once considered the hardest place to eradicate polio, India celebrates today three years since its last case. This unprecedented progress against polio will pave the way for polio-free certification of the entire South East Asia Region of the World Health Organization in end March 2014.

We take a look at key highlights in the fight against the disease in the last decade and half.

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Photo Essay: A Special Day for India... No Polio Case in Last Three Years

Did you know that during the last year alone, nearly 2.3 million vaccinators visited 209 million houses and immunized nearly 172 million children? 

And around 8 million of these children were immunized at railway stations, inside running trains, at the bus stands, in market areas, brick kilns and construction sites in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Mumbai alone.

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Today, on 13 January 2014, India – once considered the hardest place to eradicate polio – will celebrate three years since its last polio case.

India’s unprecedented progress against polio will pave the way for polio-free certification of the entire South East Asia Region of the World Health Organization in end March 2014. .

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Reaching Every Last Child

Every last child in #India had to be reached with two drops of the oral polio vaccine - all 172-million of them - over and over again. It was a formidable task, but one the Government of India, and its partners, including #UNICEF, #WHO and #Rotary International have achieved.

Now India can celebrate three years without any new #polio cases. This film tracks the journey of oral polio vaccine being transported by boat across the Kosi River, to reach the children of a remote village on the floodplains. It shows vaccinators and social mobilizers hard at work on the borders between India and Nepal; and at a brick kilns, a busy railway station, a slum and the largest cattle fair in Asia.
 

The Last Child

t's now three years since a family in a small village in Howrah block, West Bengal, was rocked by the confirmation that their two-year-old child, Rukhsah, had been struck by polio. They didn't know it then, but this Bengali child would be India's last polio case. In the late 1970s up to 200,000 children in the country were paralyzed or killed by polio every year. Since Rukhsar there has been none. This film begins with Rukhsah, in the front yard of her family's bamboo and mud house, as her father remembers the shock of first hearing the news. This video is a tribute to the thousands of frontline health workers, vaccinators and social mobilizers who have gone from house to house, to brick kilns, construction sites, slums, festivals, train stations and to remote difficult-to-reach villages, to make sure that no child was
 missed.
 


The Media Campaign to End Polio

Once considered the hardest place to eradicate polio, India celebrates today three years since the last case of polio. This tremendous achievement has been made possible because of the amazing work of thousands of frontline workers and the support of celebrities. Leading the way, Amitabh Bachchan, who needs no introduction, was central to the communication campaign designed to eradicate polio in India. From requesting, to cajoling to pleading to ordering, the thespian tried every way possible to influence people to get their children vaccinated. Other actors like Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and cricketers as the maestro Sachin Tendulkar also supported the campaign for a polio free India. Join #UNICEF in thanking all of them for their commendable role in helping India achieve a historic landmark.

 

 
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