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Our Progress Against Polio
CDC and its international partners have made significant progress over the past 22 years.
- The number of worldwide polio cases has fallen from an estimated 350,000 in 1988 to fewer than 1300 in 2010—a decline of more than 99% in reported cases.
- Three regions of the world are certified polio free—the Americas, Europe, and the Western Pacific. Only four polio-endemic countries (countries that have never interrupted the transmission of wild poliovirus) remain—Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
- Two of the four polio-endemic countries (India and Nigeria) are making progress,with India on track to interrupt disease transmission this year.
Stories From Volunteers in the FieldTime “in the field” provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth. STOP team volunteers always know that they have done their part to eliminate polio from the world and strengthen childhood immunization programs.
- One STOP volunteer shares his stories about work in Ghana through a 3-part blog:
- Nepal: National Immunization Day
- Bangladesh: Working Around Strikes
- Ghana: Preaching About Polio
- India: A "Refreshing" Story
- India: Expanding Surveillance By Working With A Local Priest
- India: Learning To Be More Effective
- India: Overcoming Rumors About Vaccines
- Haiti: "People Are Genuinely Kind And Generous"
- Pakistan: Phenomenal Local Efforts To Eradicate Polio