The Sixty Cent Question: How Can We Eradicate Polio Globally?

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Small pox was the first deadly disease to be wiped off the face of the earth. It killed and blinded millions of children and adults. It didn’t care if you were poor or the Queen of England. The world joined forces and in 1978 it was certified that smallpox was officially gone from the earth.

We can stop polio in its tracks.  Only four countries have polio and the vaccine only costs 60 cents.

Only four countries are left with cases of polio: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In 1988, 125 countries had cases of polio.  The world has made tremendous headway on defeating this horrific disease.  The eradication of polio is within our reach.

Do you have polio? In 95% of cases there are no symptoms so how would you even know? Something as simple as a fever, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting can all be symptoms of polio. I don’t know about you but that is so frightening.  These are ordinary symptoms our children complain about so often.  That’s what makes this disease so deadly…you or your child could be walking around with polio affecting hundreds of people and not even know it.

Fifty percent (50%) of polio’s victims are children under five. Look at your child. Now imagine the anguish of being a mother who loses their child to polio or spends her lifetime caring for a paralyzed child. We are so close to ending mother’s tears from polio.

One in 200 cases of polio leads to permanent paralysis with five to 10 percent of people and children dying due to their breathing muscles becoming paralyzed.

Two ways to follow the MOMentum conversation on Twitter:

First, I will be attending a UN General Assembly session with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon this Thursday.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a UN General Assembly event on polio eradication, this Thursday in New York.

The event, ‘Our Commitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Polio-free World’ will bring together leaders of the remaining endemic countries, donor governments, development agencies, spearheading partners and representatives of the media, to focus the world on this urgent need for focus and commitment to eradicate the remaining 1% of polio cases worldwide.

Saturday, I will be live tweeting from the Global Festival on the Great Lawn.

On behalf of Global Poverty Project and the UN Foundation Shot@Life campaign, I will be live tweeting from this syndicated charity concert.  The Foo Fighters, Neil Young, The Black Keys and organizations, corporations are coming together to support this unprecedented event.

You have a chance to help make history by joining the global initiative to eliminate polio. Be a global citizen.

For more information on how you can get involved in helping to stop polio, go here.



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