So Close to Stopping Polio


A baby reacts to oral polio vaccine drops at a health center in Uganda.  

Unlike most diseases, polio can be completely eradicated because it cannot survive for long periods outside of the human body. At its peak in the early 1900s, polio struck tens of thousands of Americans. But right now, this crippling and potentially fatal disease is at the lowest numbers and in the fewest places ever.

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 20 million people are living with polio paralysis.

The disease is only endemic in three countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. With vigilance, the world could be polio-free by 2018.

Great Healer, we pray for people, families, and communities affected by polio. Bless the work of doctors and organizations who are working hard to eradicate this disease.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Jon Warren


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