The global initiative to eradicate polio had big dreams for 2019. It was the latest deadline for the eradication of the polio virus in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Reports in July, however, indicate that 2019 can be added to a growing heap of missed deadlines. Not only is polio still rife in both countries, but its prevalence seems to be increasing.
Pakistan has seen four times as many cases of polio thus far in 2019 as it did in the same period last year. Set against this backdrop, the situation in India seems comparatively sanguine.