This is a poignant moment for disease prevention in the African continent as polio is only the second virus to be eradicated here following the elimination of smallpox globally on 9 December 1979. Polio eradication was difficult in Africa for various reasons, but the methods to overcome these hurdles carry lessons for dealing with COVID-19. Through dealing with polio health workers noticed polio campaigns were much more effective when included in a broad package of community health initiatives, rather than a standalone vaccination measures. Furthermore community outreach was found to be crucial in gaining acceptance, and an understanding of local concerns and challenges. While COVID-19 even poses challenges for other diseases, directly disrupting vaccination campaigns, it is important to keep in mind that the eradication of polio on the African continent frees up a lot of experienced health workers who can now turn there attention and experience to the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.