Polio eradication this week:
- World Polio Week, starting on 23 October, provides an opportunity to recognize the progress made towards the global eradication of polio in 2014. This year is the first year with South East Asia certified as polio-free.
- Pakistan has reached 210 cases of paralysis caused by wild poliovirus in 2014. This is the highest number of cases on record by October in any year, and accounts for more than 85% of all cases worldwide.