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 223 in 2012—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 three polio-endemic countries (countries that have never interrupted the transmission of wild poliovirus) remain—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
- In January 2012, India celebrated its one-year anniversary since their last reported polio case and has been declared polio-free.
Stories From the Field
Time “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.
Challenges to Polio Eradication Progress
The current funding shortfall represents a significant threat to the progress that the GPEI has made since 1988.