Beyond borders: for a polio-free world.



International collaboration is critical to keep countries polio-free.


WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific

Publication details
Publication date: 10 October 2011
Languages: English and Chinese


In July 2011, public health experts from the Chinese government, the World Health Organization, development agencies and neighbouring countries from across Asia and Europe gathered in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China. Their goal was to keep China polio-free and, ultimately, eradicate polio from the world. They pledged to work together more closely to meet the goal of eradication. They knew what was at stake and concluded that being almost there was not good enough. The world could not settle for containment but needed to eradicate polio. The last mile is always the hardest; therefore, the fight needed to be taken to the farthest villages, the fringes, the borders, to populations on the move, in conflict, unaware – to every last child. During the production of this video, the main agenda item of the Urumqi meeting – the threat of polio returning at any time – became a reality. Polio was detected in southern Xinjiang, following virus importation from Pakistan. Key outcomes from this meeting were applied in China’s rigorous outbreak response.