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Eradication of POLIO

The Carlos Slim Foundation joined the efforts of the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Global Initiative for the Eradication of Polio in the world.

Progress towards eradication:

  • Since 1998 the number of cases has decreased by 99%
  • Two of the three types of polio virus have already been eradicated.
  • Certified polio-free regions
    • American Continent (1994)
    • Western Pacific (2000)
    • European Region (2002)
    • Southeast Asia (2014)
    • African continent (2020)
  • Between 2019 and 2020, the number of cases in the world decreased from 174 to 140. In 2021, only 5 cases were reported, 4 in Afghanistan and one in Pakistan.

Current situation:

  • 2 countries with endemic presence of the virus: Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • In February 2022, a confirmed case was reported in Malawi, which was the first case detected on the continent since 2016. Subsequently, in March 2022, a case was reported in Israel for the first time in 30 years.

Carlos Slim Foundation Contribution

  • 70.2 million doses of vaccines for children in 37 countries in Africa and Asia.
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