India ‘defeats polio’

A recent BBC news report investigated how India appears to have eradicated polio. In 2009 India reported 741 polio cases, more than any other country in the world, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. However, the last reported case was in 2011.

Despite major challenges (including high population density and birth rate, poor sanitation, and people living in remote areas), no cases of polio have been reported in India in the last three years. Large-scale vaccination programmes are planned for 2014 and 2015, each one involving 2.3 million vaccinators and nearly 172 million children. It is hoped that this will ensure that polio remains under control in India.

Read the full BBC report .