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One Last Push? Why?

Polio is history for many of us. The disease once paralysed generations of children and adults in Australia, right up until the late 1980s. Today, polio is on the run and now only survives in hard-to-reach places. To ensure we finish the job and eradicate polio forever we must stop transmission of the virus in Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan, so we can win the race against polio.

So very close.

The good news is we’re very close to making polio history everywhere in the world. We’ve wiped out the virus completely in India. The South-East Asia region was certified as polio-free in 2014. Volunteers and health workers are doing everything they can to get the vaccine through to everyone they can. So we’re now on the brink of eradicating polio forever. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, the number of cases in 2016 so far is lower than in the same period last year, and both countries have significant vaccination campaigns planned.

World Polio Day 2018

In 2018, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative marked its 30-year anniversary. In the last 30 years, the world has made incredible strides toward the goal of achieving a polio-free future.

Watch the highlights
Natasha Stott Despoja with Ramesh Ferris

Natasha Stott Despoja AM

Interview with Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls by Leila Stennett, Campaigns Director at RESULTS International Australia.

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Honourable Kim Beazley, AC

The Honourable Kim Beazley, AC

An Interview with the Honourable Kim Beazley, AC on his history with polio and support for the One Last Push Campaign.

Read his story
Gary Newton

Gary Newton – Polio Survivor

Gary Newton was a toddler, just fifteen months old when he contracted polio in the early mid 1950’s, prior to the arrival of the Salk vaccine in Australia.

Read Gary's Story