India is on the verge of a polio-free future

On Friday, India will reach the one-year mark of registering not a single polio case, dealing a significant blow to a disease that remains endemic in only three other countries -- Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. Indian authorities, with the help of domestic and international aid agencies, have pursued a massive, sustained battle to raise awareness and vaccinate Indian children against polio. Hamid Jafari of the World Health Organization said, "The importance of India can’t be overstated. This establishes beyond doubt that ... it is possible to stop transmission even in extremely challenging conditions."

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