Posted on Aug 21, 2017
WORLD POLIO DAY - 24th OCTOBER 2017

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988.
 
As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.