Over the last 30 years more than 10 million children have been saved from Polio. A paralysis disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
This disease, is caused by the wild poliovirus, is commonly transmitted through faeco-oral route by either contaminated water or food. In a small percentage of those infected with the poliovirus, the disease causes permanent paralysis and disability. Polio does not have a cure and the only means of intervention is through prevention.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years, and we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever.
While there were only 33 cases of wild poliovirus reported in 2018, the last mile of eradication has proven to be the most difficult. Barriers to eradication--like weak health systems, insecurity, and mobile and remote populations--must be overcome. As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and commitment to eradication.
While this is a monumental achievement, it’s not good enough. With the remaining cases, the children will never have the chance to run, jump or play all thanks to the disease which is completely preventable.
When this disease is eradicated, it would be the 2nd time in mankind that a disease has been wiped out off the planet.
Polio remains a real true threat to children everywhere in the world until that last case is wiped off the planet. If there is one case remaining, all it needs is a plane ride to travel here.
How do we stop Polio forever, how do we ensure no child experiences this disease ever again?
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Let’s make history together and End Polio Now.
Let’s continue the good work.