Polio transition and polio post-certification strategy
WHO South-East Asia Region is officially certified polio-freeA quarter of the world's population lives in the 11 countries of the South-East Asia Region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste. With the certification of polio eradication in the Region on 27 March 2014, 80% of the world’s population now lives in polio-free certified Regions.
Coming a long way - togetherThe certification of polio eradication in the Region is the celebration of a truly remarkable achievement in public health.
No single country can be certified as polio-free; a WHO region as a whole is certified, after all its countries have not registered a case of wild poliovirus for 3 years in the presence of high quality surveillance.
Every child, everywhere, every timeAchievement of polio-free status demonstrates the commitment and determination of all Member States and partners, and this goal was reached through diverse and unique approaches in each country.
This photo story highlights these innovative approaches and commemorates the journey of polio eradication in WHO's South-East Asia Region