11 August 2015 marked one year since the last wild polio case was detected anywhere on the continent of Africa.
Although an official polio-free certification hasn’t been granted, the milestone is still a reminder for everyone at the United Nations and the Kick Polio Out of Africa Campaign about the important progress toward eradication.
“Globally, we are on the verge of totally eradicating a disease for only the second time in history,”
Remarked Peter Crowley, the head of the UN Children Fund’s Polio unit.
“As we approach the General Assembly’s endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals, what a wonderful time to be able to encourage the global community to set ambitious goals and to know that such goals can be met – if we believe.”