Seven million children have escaped the threat of polio because of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Reported polio cases have dropped 99 percent - from 350,000 in 1988 to fewer than 700 a year today. Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Due to the efforts of Rotary and its global partners, the world is on the threshold of eradicating the wild poliovirus.