10 Facts on Polio Eradication
World Health Organization http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/polio/facts/en/index.html
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“There are just three countries which have never stopped transmission of polio”(WHO, Anna-Lea Kahn)
The three countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan are the only 3 countries in the world that currently cannot stop the spread of polio. The countries all share similar challenges throughout the country. Those challenges being weak health systems, insecurity and poor sanitation. Children and people living in these countries can easily spread the disease to other neighboring countries. Getting vaccinations to these counties is crucial to eliminate the disease. Other countries throughout the world have much stronger health systems to provide vaccinations for children. Polio can be spread by living in unsanitary environments commonly found in the three countries listed above. The World Health Organization (WHO) has made many strong efforts to reach these countries and provide every individual child with a vaccination. The vaccination is cheap compared to many other vaccinations around the world. Entering conflict zones throughout the world, ‘Days of Tranquility’ are negotiated to help reach every child in even the most remote parts of the world. Polio can only live in a human body. The disease cannot survive long without a human host. With every child on the planet immunized, the disease can be completely eliminated from existence.