India – Polio Free for Three!

Despite the widespread poverty and poor sanitation in India, a concerted vaccination campaign has freed the country from new polio cases over the last three years!

In March, the country is set to be formally declared polio-free by The World Health Organization (WHO).

Polio is most common in children under the age of five who are when they drink water that is contaminated with the virus. This then attacks the central nervous system, causing deformation, muscular atrophy, paralysis and, in extreme cases, death.

The disease still causes death in parts of the world such as Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, but is vaccine-preventable.