$1.72 trillion in economic productivity has resulted from polio eradication efforts in India, nearly 400,000 deaths prevented

September 19, 2016

Three decades of polio eradication efforts in India has saved more than 390,000 lives, averted nearly 4 million cases of paralysis and boosted productivity by US$1.71 trillion

CDDEP-contributed research published in Indian Pediatrics has examined the health and economic benefits of three decades of polio eradication efforts in India, estimating that India has averted 3.94 million paralytic cases of polio, 393,918 related deaths, and 1.48 billion disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs). As a result of eradication efforts, India has also gained US$1.71 trillion in economic productivity between 1982 and 2012, according to the study’s base case analysis.

Over three decades, the Indian government has apportioned nearly US$2 billion through various initiatives, including the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), the Universal Immunization Programme, the National Polio Surveillance Project and the Pulse Polio Programme (PPP). The National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) and Pulse Polio Program (PPP) together have administered an estimated 12.1 billion doses of the oral polio vaccine. India was officially declared polio free in 2014.

According to lead author Arindam Nandi, “India has made great contributions toward the global eradication of polio and the results are clear. Quantifying the health and economic benefits of polio elimination in India can help researchers and policymakers understand the benefits of large-scale immunization programs and what could be gained if polio is eradicated from the remaining endemic countries.”

The article in Indian Pediatrics is available here: http://www.indianpediatrics.net/supplaug2016/s7.pdf

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Authors: Arindam Nandi, Devra M. Barter, Shankar Prinja, T. Jacob John

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19 Sep 2016