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Worldwide efforts in the last two decades have reduced the number of polio cases by 99 percent. Until we reach eradication, however, we are working with governments and all partners in the polio effort to ensure no child is at risk of either contracting or transmitting this crippling disease.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

Polio Eradication: How a watch can change the world

Over the next five years, five different watch designers will participate in Rotary International’s Time to Act project, creating five unique watches to raise funds that will help stop polio once and for all.

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The Start of My Journey as the Gates Foundation CEO

The foundation’s new CEO reflects on what she learned at a recent gathering of employees and partners.

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The Polio Public Health Emergency, Explained

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization declared that the recent spread of polio met the conditions for a public health emergency. What does this mean?

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An Urgent Call to Finish the Job and End Polio

Yesterday marked another major milestone in the world’s effort to wipe out polio – a preventable but debilitating and highly infectious disease. To date, major milestones in this effort reflected the progress in reduction of poliovirus transmission directly through facts and figures such as: •Since 1988, the number of new polio cases has dropped more than 99% from 350,000 a year to just over 400 in 2013; and from 125 countries to only 3 where polio transmission has never been stopped •In 2012, the world recorded the lowest number of new polio cases in history •In March of this year, India – once regarded as the hardest place to eliminate polio – was certified polio-free after marking three years without a single wild poliovirus case. •As a result of India’s success, WHO’s South east Asian region (including 11 countries and representing 1.8 billion people) was certified polio-free.

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Q&A with Ramesh Ferris: Polio-Free Certification of World Health Organization’s South-East Asia Region

Today the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) was officially certified polio-free, the fourth of six WHO regions to receive the designation. With this milestone, 80% of the world’s population now lives in certified polio-free regions.

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