India’s triumph over polio is one of the most inspiring stories in global health. But with three countries still battling the disease, there is no room for complacency, writes Rajashree Birla
In 1988 there were an estimated 350,000 polio cases globally, with the highest concentration in South Asian countries and Africa. Before the polio eradication drive was launched, practically 2,00,000 children would be crippled every year. And India was looked upon as the epicenter of polio. Between 1998 and 2009, India accounted for half of the world’s new polio cases.