Today marks the a year since the last case of new polio infection in India — a major step toward eliminating the virus there. India is one of only four countries (the others are Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, known by the acronym PAIN) where polio is said to be endemic, that is, spreading there, not coming from one of those four places.
The effort is the result of decades of work by Rotary International, along with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WHO and UNICEF. But it probably wouldn’t have gotten this far without the support and advocacy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill Gates has made eliminating polio a centerpiece of his efforts to use his Microsoft fortune to change the world. (See: With Vaccines, Bill Gates Changes The World Again)
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