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Celebrating 25 years of Polio-Free Status in the Americas Region

October 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Organized by the United Nations Foundation

Celebrating 25 years of Polio-Free Status in the Americas Region

Monday, October 21, 2019
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC


Join UNF for a World Polio Week celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of polio-free certification in the Region of the Americas.

In August 1991, a child born in the mountains of the Junín Department of Peru was the last victim of wild poliovirus in the Americas.

In August 1994, after three years without any cases in the Americas, and based on data obtained by a comprehensive surveillance system and thousands of analyzed laboratory samples , the International Commission for the Certification of Polio Eradication (ICCPE), taking into account conclusive evidence submitted by national certification commissions, announced: Polio has been conquered in the Americas!

25 years later, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the countries, agencies committed to vaccination, and strong community participation, today children in the Americas are guaranteed access to free, safe, and quality vaccines, and a life without polio.


  • Elizabeth Cousens, Deputy CEO, UNF
  • John E. Lange, Senior Fellow, UNF
  • Ana Elena Chévez, Regional Advisor, PAHO
  • Mike McGovern, PolioPlus Chair, Rotary International
  • Lauren Vulanovic, Communications Officer, PAHO
  • Jon Andrus, Adj. Prof., Col. School of Public Health
  • PPG Co-Chair, and former PAHO Deputy Director


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October 21, 2019
10:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
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