Progress is being made for polio eradication...
however we cannot slacken in our campaign to get the job done. Three countries are still endemic, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria and of those Pakistan has spread the virus to Israel. Each time an epidemic breaks out WHO workers have to swoop to instigate a mass vaccine exercise to get rid of the virus, this costs a lot of money.
We really are at the hardest part of the End Polio Now campaign and that is ridding the last 3 countries. Aid workers are working very hard under difficult conditions to ensure they immunise as many children as they can at each National Immunisation day (NID) and Sub National Immunisation day (SNID). We have some way to go and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $2 for every $1 Rotary raises up to $35million per year for 5 years. We have been handed a challenge and we are sure we will rise to it and beat it.
On Monday 19th August at 8:00PM on channel 4 the paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan will be presenting a programme titled " Journey of my Lifetime" which is about his personal experience of contracting polio in Nigeria as a child. The trailer to the programme can be seen by clicking here.