The world stands on the edge of eliminating the second human disease in history. Polio is a disease which has disabled millions of people. But, the good news this horrendous disease that cripples and kills has been reduced by 99% over the past 30 years, and two billion children have been immunised against polio, and more than five million children have been saved from life-long paralysis or death.
Kerry Packer, John Laws, Kim Beazley and Franklin Roosevelt all had polio, and our mums and dads could no doubt remember being scared to swim in public pools, etc for fear of catching the disease. Yet while it has been eradicated in most parts of the world, it is still endemic in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. And it’s only a plane ride away from affecting Australia again.
While the end is in sight, polio eradication work is limited by a US$590 million funding gap.
That’s why the End of Polio campaign is calling on World Leaders to commit to fully fund the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. This campaign is an initiative of the Global Poverty Project – an education and campaigning organisation whose vision is a world without extreme poverty – in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organisation, Rotary International and UNICEF.
And for every signature the End of Polio petition gets, a child will be immunised so check it out here.