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10 facts on polio eradication

Indian children run down the street, demonstrating what the Global Polio Eradication Initiative aims to achieve: healthy, polio-free children.
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We are 99% of the way to eradicating polio globally

In 1988, when the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed, polio paralysed more than 350 000 people a year. Since that time, polio case numbers have decreased by more than 99% (with only 406 polio cases reported in 2013).

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