World Polio Day

Rotary International established Polio Day a decade ago to celebrate the October birthdate of iconic researcher and physician Jonas Salk, whose work resulted in the discovery of a vaccine to reduce the effects of the crippling and infectious disease known as infantile paralysis.

Continued research of Salk’s vaccine by medical researcher Albert Sabin produced an oral polio vaccine that has resulted in near eradication of the disease. Expanded access and use of Sabin’s oral vaccine led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. Since its establishment, polio rates have fallen to 99% across the world.

Avram Corporation works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Disease Eradication and Elimination Branch within the Global Immunization Division to eradicate polio.

Three countries still experience endemic polio -- Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Avram Corporation provides Field Support Officers in each country, plus technical experts who dispatch at a moment’s notice in the event of a suspected re-occurrence of wild or vaccine-derived polio.