2019 has been a tough year for Polio Cases in the world
- 163 total cases of the wild polio virus reported vs 33 total cases in 2018
- 135 cases in Pakistan in 2019 vs 12 in 2018
- 28 cases in Afghanistan in 2019 vs 21 in 2018
The following is a message posted by our RI Polio Plus Committee Chair Mike McGovern:
“Dear Rotary Friends, I was reading in other posts some despair that we had 165 cases of the wild polio virus in 2019 after just 33 in 2018. It is disappointing but I am reminded that India had 66 cases in 2005, rising to 874 in 2007 before steadily dropping to 1 in 2011. We are all hoping that Pakistan and Afghanistan follow a similar but quicker and less severe pattern with a drop beginning in 2020”.
Pakistan & Afghanistan continue to be at the center of our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. We all need to stay optimistic.