World Polio Week 2014

Every child deserves to live in a polio free world.

During a door-to-door national polio campaign in the Aghbarg neighbourhood of Quetta, Pakistan, a polio team vaccinate the children of a hard-to-access nomad community.
During a door-to-door national polio campaign in the Aghbarg neighbourhood of Quetta, Pakistan, a polio team vaccinate the children of a hard-to-access nomad community. © UNICEF/Zaidi

‘This World Polio Week is, I believe most importantly, a reminder of our duty to make sure that no more children are paralyzed by this disease that can be prevented with a simple, easy to administer vaccine.’ Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director General, the World Health Organization.

The 23 October marks the first day of World Polio Week 2014. Since the global polio eradication effort was launched 26 years ago, generations of children in many areas of the world have grown up free from the threat of polio. Over 10 million children have grown up able to walk, play and develop who would otherwise have been paralysed. This World Polio Week is the first in which South East Asia is certified polio-free, and where the entire African continent is on the brink of eradicating this terrible disease. This means that more parents than ever before are free from the fear that their children will be paralysed by this terrible disease.

We are on track to completely eradicate polio. But while the virus continues to exist anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. Since last World Polio Day in October 2013, the global polio eradication effort has worked tirelessly from governments at the highest level down to community volunteers to ensure that every child is protected, no matter where they live. These efforts have resulted in the terrible outbreaks that we saw in 2013 in the Middle East, central Africa and the Horn of Africa being brought back on track. This is something that we should celebrate this World Polio Week.

Every child deserves to live in a polio free world. Learn more about UNICEF’s mission to protect every single child by watching this video.

Why do the staff of the World Health Organization work to eradicate polio? Every day this week, a member will share what drives them to work against this debilitating disease.

” I WORK TO ERADICATE POLIO BECAUSE…

… A POLIO FREE WORLD IS THE BEST, MOST NOBLE GIFT THAT WE CAN GIVE TO OUR CHILDREN.”

FEM PALADIN, GLOBAL POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE


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