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20th December 2010, Shahaganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Block Mobilisation Coordinator, Sony (30) talks women in the street during door-to-door advocacy.
The Polio Eradication Programme in India is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP), UNICEF, Rotary International, and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control.
The programme aims to eradicate polio from India by immunising every child under 5 with the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). India, together with Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, is one of the four polio-endemic countries left in the world.
Tremendous progress has been made in the last several years to interrupt polio transmission in India. India is only two states away from being polio free and the virus has become increasingly localised to only 100 blocks of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
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