Polio Eradication

In the global effort to eradicate polio, India has been a success story.  With as many as 200,000 new cases in the late 1980s, India has been polio free since 2011. The Core Group Polio Project (CGPP), led by PCI and implemented with other partners, has played a key role in this success, working in the most high-risk districts of Uttar Pradesh, where resistance to polio immunization was previously high. CGPP has fully immunized 77% of children under 5 in the target communities. PCI recruits and trains community mobilization coordinators, assists in organizing and facilitating health camps where vaccines are provided by the Government of India, and promotes hygienic practices to reduce new infections, especially in children under 5 years of age. Schoolchildren are also recruited to support the effort by announcing the dates of vaccination drives and teaching the adult members of their families and communities about preventing disease.

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