Polio was declared a global emergency in 2012 after outbreaks in previously polio-free countries. Studies indicate that if the global eradication of polio fails the resurgence of this disease will take place worldwide. Although polio has been eradicated in Brazil, the country has a valuable role to play in the International Community, particularly in technical and political support to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The strategies adopted have been used as references and replicated in many other countries. Moreover, Brazil's leadership in eradicating polio helped pave the way to broaden immunization in the Americas and worldwide.
Poliomyelitis; Disease Eradication; World Health; International Cooperation